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1st Edition

Lifestyle Nursing

Edited By

Gia Merlo


Kathy Berra

ISBN 9781032013343
Published August 23, 2022 by CRC Press
512 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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 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.