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Understanding Sleep's Role in Health Promotion & Chronic Disease
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Session 4: Understanding Sleep's Role in Health Promotion & Chronic Disease

(Archived Webinar)


Quality sleep is a key component of healthful living and lifestyle medicine. Recent scientific studies are demonstrating that poor sleep is associated with many more adverse effects than fatigue, and include cardiovascular disease, metabolic dysfunction, mood disorders, learning impairment, aberrant DNA repair, and reduced stamina. In this Lifestyle Medicine webinar Virginia Gurley, MD, MPH and Liana Lianov, MD, MPH will review sleep physiology with a focus on the affects of basic lifestyle factors such as diet, activity, coping and living environment on sleep quality. This review will serve as the foundation for understanding basic sleep quality assessment, differential diagnosis and lifestyle counseling to enhance sleep quality and health.

This webinar is the fourth in a series that will occur between July – October 2014. Webinars may cover topics related to nutrition, weight management, physical activity, tobacco, alcohol, emotional wellness, mindfulness based stress reduction, sleep, as well the importance and role of lifestyle medicine in clinical care. This webinar on Prescribing Exercise is just one module of the larger curriculum being developed.


Wednesday September 10th at 3pm EDT


At the conclusion of the webinar participants will be able to:

  • Understand sleep’s role in health & chronic disease
  • Identify key factors that differentiate patient subpopulations with insufficient or poor quality sleep
  • Identify lifestyle-based activity, dietary, environmental & coping behaviors that can improve sleep health



Virginia F. Gurley, MD, MPH

Founder and President, AuraViva LLC

Virginia Gurley has over 25 years experience in healthcare research and services. Nearly 15 of those years have been spent in physician executive, population health management positions within organizations such as Henry Ford Health System, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Colorado Access, McKesson Health Solutions and Healthways.

Virginia’s expertise lies in clinical product design and development, healthcare information technology, health services research and preventive medicine.

Virginia has been a researcher in a wide range of institutions including the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at Stanford University, School of Medicine; Department of Community, Family and Preventive Medicine at Stanford. She was the Director of Applied Research and Clinical Applications for Henry Ford Health System’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and she was Vice President and Sr Medical Director of Innovation & Outcomes Research for Healthway’s Center for Health Research. Virginia has received research funding from wide variety of organizations including The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and National Cancer Institute. Her work has been published in journals including CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Journal of General Internal Medicine, American Psychological Society Observer, Clinical Research and Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.

In 2009, Virginia launched AuraViva based in Boulder, Colorado. AuraViva is dedicated to translating the science of circadian physiology into health promotion and disease management tools for individual, organizations and healthcare professionals.

Dr. Gurley received her BA from Reed College. She received her MD degree, Alpha Omega Alpha, from University of California, Davis. She received her post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University. She earned her MPH degree, Delta Omega Alpha, and completed her Preventive Medicine and Public Health residency at Johns Hopkins University.



Liana Lianov, MD, MPH
Chair, American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) , Lifestyle Medicine Competencies Work Group and Coordinating Faculty for the ACPM and ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum Project.

Dr. Liana Lianov serves as the General Preventive Medicine/Public Health Regent on the board of the American College of Preventive Medicine. She is Professor in the Departments of Public Health Sciences and Internal Medicine at the University of California Davis. She is board certified in both preventive medicine/public health and internal medicine and has completed a psychiatry fellowship.


CME/MOC CREDIT is no longer available for this webinar.


Principal Faculty and Disclosure Policy

In the interest of providing an educational experience free of commercial bias, and as the accredited provider of CME for this activity, the American College of Preventive Medicine was responsible for decisions regarding educational content and allocation of funds. All individuals involved in the planning, development, and delivery of educational activities are required to sign a conflict of interest statement in which they disclose any financial interests or other affiliations with industry or other associations which may have direct and substantial interest in the subject matter of the CME activity. Such disclosure allows program participants to better evaluate the objectivity of the information presented in the program. All commercial relationships that could create a conflict with control of content must be resolved before the development of the activity.


  • Dr. Gurley has disclosed no financial relationships.


  • Dr. Lianov has disclosed no financial relationships.

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ACPM and Lifestyle Medicine

ACPM has been actively exploring the scientific basis, best practices, and need for education in lifestyle medicine, including behavioral change, risk reduction, and the prevention and treatment of disease through lifestyle approaches. Lifestyle medicine is a competency of preventive medicine, and to that end ACPM plays an important role in ensuring that lifestyle medicine programs are based on proven and effective methods of preventing and controlling disease. We are uniquely positioned to bring value and meaningful health improvement in the national struggle against rising health care costs and illness burdens through a synergistic combination of clinical and population-based prevention approaches to lifestyle issues.

To get involved or learn more about ACPM lifestyle medicine projects and initiatives, please contact Dani Pere, Associate Executive Director for Programs and Operations at dpere@acpm.org.






Danielle Pere
Associate Executive Director
Programs & Operations
American College of Preventive Medicine
455 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001

Ph: (202) 466-2044 ext. 105
Fax: (202 466-2662

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