1st Edition

Improving Women’s Health Across the Lifespan



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ISBN 9780367627638
October 25, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
552 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

There is renewed interest in lifestyle medicine – the focus on food, physical activity, stress management, high-quality connections, restorative sleep, and avoidance of toxic substances – in the prevention, treatment, and sometimes reversal of chronic disease, but very little information exists on its application for improving specific women’s health issues across the lifespan. Consequently, there is a growing need among health professionals who care for women for a textbook that addresses evidence-based lifestyle solutions to manage the health challenges they face every day in their offices.

This book begins with a review of the fundamentals of Lifestyle Medicine through the lens of a woman’s lifespan. It provides information about lifestyle interventions to improve gynecologic and sexual health and to manage and sometimes reverse gynecologic diseases. It clarifies the importance of lifestyle and behaviors before and during pregnancy to address infertility, reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes, and to lower non-communicable diseases in children along with emerging epigenetic evidence. The use of Lifestyle Medicine to prevent and manage breast and gynecologic cancers, enhance health as part of cancer survivorship, and decrease the risk or reduce many of the symptoms and diseases experienced during menopause including vasomotor symptoms and osteoporosis are also discussed. Additionally, the text covers cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, dementia and mental health from the perspective of gender specific differences.

This book provides practical resources on implementing the components of lifestyle medicine. Some of the topics covered include models of care for women and families, reimbursement, health coaching and behavioral change, community engagement and health equity for under-resourced settings. The electronic version of the book presents supplemental material featuring in-depth reading, as well as online and digital resources for implementing Lifestyle Medicine.

The book is an evidence-based source of information on women’s health issues for health professionals already practicing lifestyle medicine, as well as an entry level textbook for those new to the field of lifestyle medicine. The collective expertise of each of the editors along with content provided by leaders within the American College of Lifestyle Medicine fills a much-needed void within the specialty of Lifestyle Medicine and is for providers of women’s health globally.

Features:

● Provides a basic overview of Lifestyle Medicine (nutrient-rich diet, exercise, stress resilience, sleep, and high-quality connections) in the care of women across the lifespan.

● Provides lifestyle-focused treatment recommendations for specific women health issues.

● Includes strategies for implementing Lifestyle Medicine with vulnerable populations and in communities.

● Summarizes key points at the close of each chapter and includes supplemental material with in-depth reading.

● Features additional resources for implementing lifestyle medicine into practice.

 

"This women's health book is evidence based and comprehensive. There is nothing like it. Women need up to date information about physical activity, nutrition, sleep, stress resilience, social connection and substance use. In addition, there is a desire to better understand the power of these pillars throughout a woman's life including pregnancy, menopause and the golden years. This book fills that need." 
Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, DipABLM, FACLM, President Elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
 
"Healthy aging begins at pre-conception. Evidence overwhelmingly shows that it’s we women who—through our lifestyle behavior choices—can take far greater control of our own health destinies, as well as the health destinies of our children and generations to come. We cannot underestimate the power of what we eat, how we move, and what we think in regard to our optimal health or lack thereof. This book is a must-read for all medical professionals!"
Susan Benigas, Executive Director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
 
Lifestyle Medicine is the science of taking core principles and customizing how they're applied to each individual and each situation to achieve positive health behavior change. This book sets the evidence based foundation for how that process happens, and why it needs to happen, with the most important segment of health consumers - women.  It is the next for all who are passionate about changing how health care is delivered."
Wayne S. Dysinger, MD, MPH, Physician, Founder and Chair, Lifestyle Medical
 
“Lifestyle factors have a powerful role in chronic disease prevention, underscoring the profound control we have over our health.  Improving Women’s Health Across the Lifespan applies lifestyle medicine to women’s health, empowering women and their clinicians with the tools to transform their lives, and fostering a legacy of health for future generations.”
JoAnn E. Manson, MD, MPH, DrPH, Professor of Medicine and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health, Harvard Medical School Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor, Harvard Chan School of Public Health

 

Table of Contents

Optimal Nutrition for Women. Physical Activity for Women. Sleep and Women’s Health. Emotional Wellness and Stress Resilience. Positive Psychology and Relational Connectedness. Avoiding Risky Substances and Environmental Toxins. Models of Care for Women and Families, Reimbursement and Telemedicine. Adverse Childhood Events and Trauma-Informed Care. Health Coaching, Motivational Interviewing and Behavior Change in Women’s Health. Health Equity and Women’s Health in Underserved Communities. Community Engagement and Women’s Health. Lifestyle Medicine in the Care of Adolescent Girls. Menstrual Health and Lifestyle Medicine. Women’s Sexual Health and Lifestyle Medicine. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Endometriosis, and Female Infertility. Lifestyle Medicine in Menopause and Bone Health. Preconceptual Health. Pregnancy. Postpartum Health and Lactation. A Lifestyle Medicine Approach to Breast Cancer. Gynecologic Cancers and Lifestyle Medicine. Lifestyle Medicine in Female Cancer Survivorship. Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolic Syndrome. Diabetes, Overweight, and Obesity. Dementia. Autoimmune Disorders Across the Lifespan. Psychiatric Disorders in Women.

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Biography

Dr. Michelle Tollefson is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Lifestyle Medicine. She is the Secretary of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and serves on their Board of Directors. She is the founding co-chair of both the ACLM Women’s Health Member Interest Group as well as the Pre-Professional Lifestyle Medicine Education Member Interest Group. She also serves on the Education and Membership Committees of ACLM. She is the co-guest editor of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine ACLM 2020 Conference Edition. She founded the first Bachelor of Science in Lifestyle Medicine in the United States, at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Professions. She volunteers at a non-profit clinic where she provides lifestyle medicine focused women’s health care. She lectures nationally on a variety of women’s health and lifestyle medicine related topics and is a member of the ACLM Speaker’s Bureau. Dr. Nancy Eriksen is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Lifestyle Medicine. She is currently an Associate Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She is also a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Women’s Interest Group and co-chair of the Pregnancy subcommittee. Her clinical interests include the impact of whole food plant-based nutrition in improving women’s health. She is a principle contributor of content for the ACLM CME courses on the reproductive health of women including pre-pregnancy counseling and pregnancy. Dr. Eriksen recently presented at a ACLM webinar on Integrating Lifestyle Medicine during Pregnancy, along with two other members of the Pregnancy Subcommittee. Dr. Eriksen is an advocate for, and lectures on, a variety of topics related to Lifestyle Medicine and women’s health. Dr. Neha Pathak is board certified in Internal Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. She completed training as a Designated Women’s Health Provider and Whole Health Initiative clinician leader through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, she completed a fellowship in Healthcare Quality Improvement during which time she incorporated the Whole Health Initiative approach to care for vulnerable veterans. Currently, she works as a medical editor and writer for WebMD and Medscape. She is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Women’s Health Interest Group. Her clinical practice is at a non-profit clinic where she has launched lifestyle medicine focused protocols. She writes about various lifestyle medicine and women’s health related topics.

Reviews

"This women's health book is evidence based and comprehensive. There is nothing like it. Women need up to date information about physical activity, nutrition, sleep, stress resilience, social connection and substance use. In addition, there is a desire to better understand the power of these pillars throughout a woman's life including pregnancy, menopause and the golden years. This book fills that need." 
Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, DipABLM, FACLM, President Elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
 
"Healthy aging begins at pre-conception. Evidence overwhelmingly shows that it’s we women who—through our lifestyle behavior choices—can take far greater control of our own health destinies, as well as the health destinies of our children and generations to come. We cannot underestimate the power of what we eat, how we move, and what we think in regard to our optimal health or lack thereof. This book is a must-read for all medical professionals!"
Susan Benigas, Executive Director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
 
Lifestyle Medicine is the science of taking core principles and customizing how they're applied to each individual and each situation to achieve positive health behavior change. This book sets the evidence based foundation for how that process happens, and why it needs to happen, with the most important segment of health consumers - women.  It is the next for all who are passionate about changing how health care is delivered."
Wayne S. Dysinger, MD, MPH, Physician, Founder and Chair, Lifestyle Medical
 
“Lifestyle factors have a powerful role in chronic disease prevention, underscoring the profound control we have over our health.  Improving Women’s Health Across the Lifespan applies lifestyle medicine to women’s health, empowering women and their clinicians with the tools to transform their lives, and fostering a legacy of health for future generations.”
JoAnn E. Manson, MD, MPH, DrPH, Professor of Medicine and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health, Harvard Medical School Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor, Harvard Chan School of Public Health