Welcome to

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute

RLMI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.

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! Lifestyle Medicine brings into alignment the needs of the individual with the needs of the many.

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute (RLMI) was formed to accomplish the following:

  1. Help Lifestyle Medicine and Plant-Based Nutrition become the Standard of Care for our ailing health care system.
  2. Help develop a sustainable and attractive medical practice model for Lifestyle Medicine physicians.
  3. Support scientific research into Lifestyle Medicine and Plant-Based Nutrition
  4. Provide financial support for indigent or underserved patients being treated in a Lifestyle Medicine program
  5. Provide a framework for volunteers who wish to support the goals of Lifestyle Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine research
  6. Support individual, community, and professional education regarding Lifestyle Medicine and Plant-Based Nutrition
  7. Support community efforts to promote healthy lifestyles

On the immediate horizon, RLMI is involved with the following:

—We have received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to analyze the results of a 10-day Whole-Food Plant-Based jumpstart challenge which started on January 8, 2018. Over 1300 volunteers in 36 school districts in the Rochester region registered for the challenge.

—We will continue to host the Lifestyle as Medicine lecture series with highly regarded plant-based experts, including Caroline Trapp, DNP in March, 2018, Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD, in April, Robert Ostfeld, MD in May, and Jim Loomis, MD in June 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 are developing additional programs to help groups and individuals adopt healthy lifestyles based on Plant-Based Nutrition and the principles of Lifestyle Medicine.

—We plan 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 focused on their own issues of survival. Most of the political arguments about health care revolve around who should pay—rather than, “why does it cost so much and why are the results so dismal?”  Lifestyle Medicine has the potential to drastically reduce costs while dramatically improving outcomes. Being heard above the din and competing for talented practitioners requires 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!

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