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WISEWOMAN Lifestyle Medicine Provider Education Project

WISEWOMAN Providers:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) WISEWOMAN Program and the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), has engaged in a unique collaboration to offer access to provider continuing medical education in lifestyle medicine.

The access to the American College of Preventive Medicine’s Lifestyle Medicine (30-hour/CME credit) on-line curriculum will give the WISEWOMAN physicians/clinicians the core competencies and practical skill applications to use in practice. The core components of lifestyle medicine will give clinicians practical skills that can be used to modify unhealthy behaviors that place woman(age 40-64) at high risk for hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

A substantial body of epidemiologic and clinical research documents the relationship between lifestyle behaviors—unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, tobacco use—and chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, and common cancers (1)(2). Utilizing lifestyle medicine as a first-line treatment option will assist providers in prescribing evidence-based practices that will improve health outcomes.

All primary care physicians and allied health professionals should have an understanding of lifestyle medicine and incorporate its tenets into their patient care. The health system would also benefit when all clinical providers possess advanced knowledge and skills in helping individuals and populations adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors. To this end, an education certification process will demonstrate the tangible value of lifestyle medicine education and competency acquisition. Other healthcare team members (i.e., nurses, health coaches, nutritionists, community health workers/health educators, etc.) will also benefit from lifestyle medicine training and education certification.

The documents linked below will provide a detailed description of the curriculum, its development and to access ACPM’s e-learning portal.  Please open the following links:

e-learning portal

ACPM can assist you. If you are a WISEWOMAN provider in need of access code/instructions, if you have experienced any technical issues concerning accessing the e-learning portal or have questions concerning continuing medical education credits, contact us at: WWLMCinfo@acpm.org. or Call us at: (202)466-2044 ext. 123. 

This educational activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the ACCME. ACPM designated this training activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

References

  1. DeVol R, Bedroussian A. An Unhealthy America: The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease. Milken Institute, 2007.  http://www.milkeninstitute.org/publications/view/321.   Accessed August 4, 2015.
  2. Mokdad AH, Marks JS, Stroup DF, Gerberding JL. Actual causes of death in the United States, 2000. JAMA. 2004;291:1238–1245. [PMID: 15010446]
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