Welcome to our new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization:

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute

We truly believe that Lifestyle Medicine is the prescription needed to promote not just the healing of the individual, but the healing of our world and the ecosystems we and our fellow creatures depend on. What’s the connection? In addition to being a more powerful treatment for most of the illnesses that we currently attempt to address with the paradigms of modern medicine, Lifestyle Medicine—with its emphasis on a whole-food plant-based diet, physical activity, and other low-tech interventions—uses far fewer resources while generating less waste and greenhouse gas; and at a much lower cost! It truly brings into alignment the needs of the individual with the needs of the many.

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute (RLMI) is distinct from Rochester Lifestyle Medicine (RLM) and was formed to accomplish the following:

  1. Support scientific research into lifestyle medicine and plant-based nutrition
  2. Provide financial support for indigent or underserved patients being treated in a lifestyle medicine program
  3. Provide a framework for volunteers who wish to support the goals of lifestyle medicine and lifestyle medicine research
  4. Support individual, community, and professional education regarding lifestyle medicine and plant-based nutrition
  5. Support community efforts to promote healthy lifestyles

On the immediate horizon, RLMI plans to launch the following programs, provided funding is available:

—We plan to help analyze the results of a 10-day Whole-Food Plant-Based jumpstart challenge starting January 8, 2018. Over 1200 volunteers in 36 school districts in the Rochester region have already registered for the challenge.

—We plan to continue to host the Lifestyle as Medicine lecture series with highly regarded plant-based experts, starting with Robert Ostfeld, MD in May 2018, for the benefit of local health professionals, lifestyle medicine patients, and the Rochester community at large. The lecture series is held at the Rochester Academy of Medicine. Previous speakers have included Drs. Michael Greger, Neal Barnard, Caldwell Esselstyn, Thomas Campbell, Joel Kahn, Michael Klaper, Chad Teeters, and T. Colin Campbell.

—We wish to publish a quick and easy handbook to plant-based living and eating which we can offer for little or no cost to our patients and to others in the Rochester community.

—We wish to offer full or partial support to at least 50 individuals in need, to take the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) in 2018.

RLMI is on the cutting edge of a movement to transform the practice of medicine.

In order to achieve our goals, we are developing a new medical practice paradigm based on the principles of Lifestyle Medicine and the frequent use of shared medical visits. By necessity, this must develop outside the huge health systems which are busy consolidating into larger and larger entities. Being heard above the din and competing for talented practitioners will require money. Those of us who are committed to the success of this enterprise are clearly not doing it for personal enrichment (or more leisure time!)—we could easily earn more by going with the flow. We are doing this because we are passionate about transforming the way medicine is practiced.

Please support the important work of RLMI