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Nutrition, a Tenet of Lifestyle Medicine but Not Medicine?

The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC 20037, USA
Academic Editors: Giuseppe Grosso and Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 5974; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115974
Received: 5 April 2021 / Revised: 26 May 2021 / Accepted: 29 May 2021 / Published: 2 June 2021
Nutrition is a foundation of health and one of six pillars of Lifestyle Medicine. The importance of nutrition in clinical care is now widely recognized by health care professionals and the public. However, clinicians are not comfortable counselling their patients on nutrition due to inadequate or lack of training, leaving a significant need in patient care. This gap can be closed with evidence-based curricula in medical schools and in the trainings of other health care professionals. This communication presents the current state of nutrition knowledge in health care, emphasizing nutrition education for physicians, and presents a model of how pre- through post-professional health care providers may become proficient in nutrition counseling including appropriate referral to more specialized providers. With these skills, health care professionals will be able to initiate patient-centered lifestyle plans. This includes improving diet and utilization of team-based medicine and referrals. View Full-Text
Keywords: nutrition; lifestyle medicine; education; medical education; lifestyle; integrative medicine; public health nutrition; lifestyle medicine; education; medical education; lifestyle; integrative medicine; public health
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Frame, L.A. Nutrition, a Tenet of Lifestyle Medicine but Not Medicine? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5974. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115974

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Frame LA. Nutrition, a Tenet of Lifestyle Medicine but Not Medicine? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(11):5974. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115974

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Frame, Leigh A. 2021. "Nutrition, a Tenet of Lifestyle Medicine but Not Medicine?" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 11: 5974. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115974

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