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Defending Lifestyle Medicine

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) vigorously opposes the U.S. Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act because it would hinder our ability to invest time and resources in models of care and interventions that we know prevent disease and promote health — like those at the core of lifestyle medicine. Made in the name of reducing costs and deregulating care, the recent proposals to repeal the ACA would ultimately stifle the positive impacts lifestyle medicine and its core competencies are having on the culture and effectiveness of American health care.

As providers and health advocates, it is our responsibility to illustrate the importance of these principles and defend care models so critical to our patients’ wellbeing. Your expertise and unique experiences in these matters can be powerful tools used to support lifestyle medicine.

Defending Lifestyle Medicine

Take a few minutes to share your perspective. Use the form below to submit a short paragraph, 75 words or less, describing 'why lifestyle medicine is important to you and what is at stake if this type of legislation is passed.' You could describe how lifestyle medicine is essential to your practice and the importance you put on preventing disease, not just treating it. Or maybe focus on how lifestyle medicine lowers health care costs by keeping people healthy, and that it is an essential component that shouldn’t be pushed out just to save a few dollars.

Thank you for sharing your insights and lending your voice in support of lifestyle medicine. We will share your submissions with members of Congress, leaders in the lifestyle medicine field, and medical professionals who subscribe to the Lifestyle Medicine newsletter.

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