Wash U Living Well Center®
Lifestyle as Medicine Program

Ready to transform your health today? Join our 8-Week Health Improvement Program to implement positive lifestyle medicine changes into your daily routine. In our program, you'll set goals, learn how to shop and cook for plant-predominant eating, discover tips to manage stress to improve your well-being, and much more. This program is part of our shared medical appointment series and is in a group format, which is helpful for goal setting and accountability. All sessions include group discussion and a moment of mindfulness practice, in addition to educational and interactive content. To get the most out of this class, we recommend attending all sessions if possible.

Program details

Class topics

Lifestyle medicine: the why and how

  •  Six pillars of lifestyle medicine
  • Quality of life
  • Goal setting and values

    Nutrition I (with cooking demonstration)

    •  Plant-predominant nutrition intro
    • Food label reading
    • Grocery shopping

      Restful and restorative sleep habits

      • Benefits of sleep
      • Common sleep problems
      • The circadian rhythm
      • Daily habits that promote restful sleep

      Movement for better health

      • Benefits of exercise
      • Risks of sitting too long
      • Types of exercise
      • Building a fitness routine

      Nutrition II (with cooking demonstration)

      •  Meal prep
      • Decreasing ultra-processed foods

        Stress reduction

        • Good stress vs. bad stress
        • Stress management techniques
        • Mindfulness: definition, attitudes, and practice
        • Emotional well-being

        The science of chronic pain and strategies for management

        • Definition and types of pain
        • Understanding chronic pain
        • Mindfulness
        • Lifestyle tools for pain management

        Nutrition III (with cooking demonstration)

        •  Snacks
        • Desserts
        • Mindful eating

          How do I sign up?

          • Have your initial assessment at the Living Well Center® prior to your first shared medical appointment.
          • Call us at (314) 514-3565 to schedule for one, some or all sessions. Please call in advance if you are unable to attend, as spots are limited. View our events calendar here for upcoming sessions.

          Is it covered by insurance?

          Each visit is billed to insurance as a return office visit (subject to copay, coinsurance, and/or deductible). For patients with commercial insurance, patient copay, coinsurance, and deductible may be waived for select shared medical appointment visits. 

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