512 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    512 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based approach to helping individuals and families adopt and sustain healthy behaviors in preventing, treating, and oftentimes, reversing chronic diseases. This fast-growing specialty operates off six main principles including nutrition, physical activity, stress resilience, cessation or risk reduction of substance use, quality sleep, and social connectivity.

    Nurses are the primary providers of hospital-based patient care and deliver most of the nation's long-term care. Within healthcare, nurses are often tasked with educating patients and families and are thereby well-positioned to address lifestyle intervention with patients.

    Lifestyle Nursing examines the concepts of lifestyle medicine and nursing practice, it is specifically designed to help nurses introduce the concepts of lifestyle medicine to readers while also encouraging them to focus on their own wellness. This book features nutritional guidelines and supplemental materials operationalizing this basic nutrition knowledge into personal and patient wellness. It addresses evidence-based findings of chronic diseases including heart diseases and stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancers, which can often be prevented by lifestyle interventions.

    Drawing from nursing and medical literature, this volume in the Lifestyle Medicine series encourages incorporation of lifestyle principles into nursing practices professionally and personally which will lead to overall improved patient outcomes and happier, healthier nurses.

    1. The Nursing Roadmap to Lifestyle Medicine

    2. Nutrition and Nursing Practice

    3. Structured Exercise, Lifestyle Physical Activity, and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Diseases

    4. Sleep Science

    5. Emotional Wellness and Stress Resilience

    6. Happiness and Social Connectivity

    7. Substance Use Risk Reduction

    8. Environmental Toxins

    9. Self-Care Including the History of the Nurses’ Code

    10. Theories Around Self-Promotion and Self-Management

    11. Nurse as Patient

    12. Effects of Disease on Families and Support Systems

    13. Health Disparities

    14. Preventing, Treating and Reversing Chronic Disease with Nutritional Interventions

    15. Hypertension

    16. Impact of Lifestyle on Cardiometabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes

    17. Obesity and Weight Management

    18. Dyslipidemia

    19. Autoimmune Disease

    20. Cancer

    21. Cognitive Disorders and Lifestyle Change

    22. Mental Health in Lifestyle Medicine

    23. Tobacco Products: Risk Reduction and Cessation

    24. How Often Do You Think About Oral Health as an Essential Part of Wellness and a Healthy Lifestyle?

    25. Men's Health: Special Considerations

    26. Midwifery Approach to Lifestyle Medicine for Reproductive Health

    27. Pediatric Health

    28. Optimizing Function and Physical Health in Frail Adults

    29. Spiritual Care: Practice Implications

    30. Empowering Patients toward Motivation and Maintenance to Change

    31. Mindfulness and Meditation Practices

    32. Promoting Optimal Lifestyle Behaviors: Strategies and Resources

    33. Digital Therapeutics


    Gia Merlo, MD, MBA, DipABLM, FACLM

    Gia Merlo is clinical professor of nursing and Senior Advisor on Wellness at New York University (NYU). She is also a clinical professor of psychiatry in the NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

    Merlo is the author of Principles of Medical Professionalism with Oxford University Press, where she stresses the importance of physician wellness and addressing the social determinants of health, as well as the need to address chronic diseases with prevention. Merlo serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. She is a contributing author of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) curriculum Lifestyle Medicine 101, its board review course, Foundations to Lifestyle Medicine, and was elected a fellow of ACLM in 2021. Merlo developed a novel Lifestyle Medicine curriculum titled Wellness in Nursing Through the Lens of Lifestyle Medicine and has been teaching this elective course to doctoral and graduate nursing students at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at NYU since 2020.

    Before joining NYU, Merlo was associate dean of health professions at Rice University. She has served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Merlo has served on the board of directors of many nonprofits over the years and is currently on the board of directors of Plant-Powered Metro of New York (PPMNY). She has been involved in clinician care and medical education for nearly 30 years in professional development and mental health, particularly of healthcare professionals.

    Kathy Berra, MSN, NP-BC, FAHA, FPCNA, FAAN

    Kathy Berra graduated from Stanford University and received her Master's and Adult Nurse Practitioner Degree from the University of San Francisco. She worked in clinical research for 26 years at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine. Her research activities focused on heart disease prevention, women and heart disease, and nurse case management for CVD risk reduction. She has published extensively in the medical literature, has authored 2 books, and speaks internationally on heart disease prevention and treatment. In 2007, Kathy started a home based care management company - LifeCare Company. Her business is dedicated to caring for persons with complex medical problems who are living at home.

    Kathy has been active in the American Heart Association for over 35 years and was awarded "AHA Clinician of the Year" in 2008. She is active on the AHA Council for Cardiovascular Nursing currently serving as member of the Epidemiology and Prevention Sciences Committee. She is a founding member and past president of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. She is a founder and past president of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and serves on their Board of Directors. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for WomenHeart – a national coalition of women with heart disease. WomenHeart's mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women living with or at risk of heart disease, and to advocate for their benefit.

    All chapters are written by content experts, peer reviewed, and supported by rigorous research findings. Each chapter includes an introduction to its topics, key points, definitions, and best practices across cultures and lifespans, along with a complete reference list. As part of the publisher's "Lifestyle Medical Series," this book addresses challenges unique to the nursing experience. It effectively recognizes the distinct vulnerability, health threats, and health outcomes inherent to a calling where often the professional expectation is to prioritize and safeguard the needs of others above one's own needs.

    S. W. Gustafson, Elmira College