Every medical professional in the city will receive free training on better nutrition and healthier living thanks to a partnership between Mayor Adams’ office and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Up to 200,000 doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals will receive “lifestyle medicine” training as part of the $44 million agreement.
According to Stanford University, lifestyle medicine aims to improve physical and mental health through exercise, healthy eating, and stress reduction.
It was stated that four out of every five diagnoses of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke might be avoided with lifestyle “interventions.”
The new program will collaborate with 19 significant healthcare organizations, including Northwell Health, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the city’s publicly funded hospital system.
Adams has emphasized the advantages of living a healthy lifestyle during the campaign and since assuming office last year.
In a statement released Monday, Adams stated, “A plant-based diet restored my eyesight, put my Type 2 diabetes into remission, and helped save my life.”
Five and a half hours of online study are required for the training. Introduction to the specialty and “Food as Medicine” is covered.
Adams stated, “Once again, we’re setting the bar for the rest of the country, providing practitioners with new tools to fight chronic disease and health inequalities and investing in a better city for future generations.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, six out of ten persons in the United States have at least one chronic illness, as indicated by his office.
According to Cate Collings, former president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, a St. Louis-based organization, “treating the root cause of chronic disease in this country, and especially lifestyle-related chronic disease health disparities will positively change the trajectory of both quality of life and health costs.”
The Adams administration is known for its commitment to health programs, including providing vegan meals on Fridays at public schools.
He frequently bragged about his vegan credentials on the mayoral campaign path, but in February, he said he “sometimes” eats fish.
To be clear, switching to a plant-based diet saved my life, and I strive to eat only plants.
In a statement at the time, he stated, “I want to be a role model for people who are following or aspire to follow a plant-based diet, but, as I said, I am completely flawed, and I have occasionally eaten fish.”