Northwest Center for Lifestyle and Functional Medicine

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Vision Statement

Promote healthy behaviors and positive lifestyle changes in order to achieve optimal quality of life for the members of our community through service, education and research.

Unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking, lack of exercise, alcohol abuse and poor diet are the most common causes of many chronic diseases. These diseases result in 16 million premature deaths globally each year.* Adopting a healthy lifestyle can enhance the quality of life for healthy individuals and those with chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and many cancers.

In 2015, UWS launched the Northwest Center for Lifestyle and Functional Medicine (NWCLFM) as a center of excellence highlighting ways to combat these lifestyle conditions. The center’s vision is to promote healthy behaviors and positive lifestyle changes in order to achieve optimal quality of life for the members of our community through service, education and research.

Goals

  • Give health professionals the tools to provide quality care to patients with lifestyle-related conditions.
  • Contribute to the health and lifestyle needs of the community through education, outreach and quality integrated health care.
  • Support research and scholarship to advance evidence-informed practices in the areas of lifestyle, health promotion, functional medicine and nutrition.
  • Provide leadership and innovation in the areas of lifestyle and functional medicine through the development and implementation of models, programs and initiatives that address the health needs of the community and improve health outcomes.

*World Health Organization. Fact sheet: Noncommunicable diseases.

Initiatives

The NWCLFM supports multiple programs and initiatives for students, employees and the community including:

  • University Wellness Program. The University Wellness program is an integrated program designed to promote healthy behaviors, positive changes and optimal quality of life for the campus community.
  • Mindfulness Program. Western States offers a mindfulness program for students and employees. Twice a year, the mind-body medicine elective class is offered to students. This eight-week class explores a variety of meditative practices, including mindful eating and guided meditation. In addition, the instructors of the elective class host weekly meditation sessions on campus which are open to all employees and students. UWS is currently modifying the curriculum from the elective class to make it available so that members of the community can learn mindful/meditation practices and improve their overall health.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Lecture Series. The Healthy Lifestyle Lecture Series offers free public lectures on healthy lifestyle practices, nutrition, and functional medicine and integrative health care by center faculty. Lectures are held on campus and in the community. Reservations are not necessary.
  • Returning Veterans Project Partnership. Through this alliance between NWCLFM and the Portland-based non-profit, Returning Veterans Project, (RVP) Portland-area, post 9/11 war-zone veterans are eligible to receive free chiropractic care and therapeutic massage at the university’s outpatient campus clinic. This partnership makes the center the largest provider of services to the RVP.
  • Integrated Clinical Rotations. UWS students rotate through clinical observations and hands-on experience in the areas of functional medicine, exercise and sports science, and other preventive disciplines with exposure to care protocols to address lifestyle-related conditions.
  • Research and Scholarship. NWCLFM promotes and supports community health outcomes research in the areas of prevention, lifestyle and functional medicine. Student and clinical interns participate in the delivery of programs and assessment of these outcomes as part of their educational experience.
  • Advocacy. The center serves as a source for advocacy on health and wellness issues in the Northwest region. Find out more about recent advocacy initiatives.

Lecture Series

Healthy Lifestyle Lecture Series

The Northwest Center for Lifestyle and Functional Medicine organizes a number of healthy lifestyle lectures in the Portland-Gresham area. Please contact us if you would like a representative from the university to speak to your group about one of the topics below. If you have a group interested in a certain health topic, please send us your suggestion.

HEALTHY LECTURE TOPICS

LIFESTYLE AND FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE: PREVENTING COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS THROUGH LIFESTYLE
This lecture will discuss the concept of lifestyle medicine and introduce some of the functional medicine approaches that can empower patients and individuals to select preventive medicine approaches to avoid a variety of common health problems. Most causes of premature deaths in the United States are related to behaviors and personal choices. We will discuss ways to learn about how to choose health.

QUICK AND HEALTHY COOKING ON A BUDGET
Learn how to prepare quick and healthy meals without breaking the bank. Recipes will be demonstrated and all participants will be allowed to sample them.

NATURAL WAYS TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
Learn what you can do to help lower your blood pressure naturally. These tactics may allow you to avoid, reduce or possibly eliminate the need for blood pressure-lowering prescription medications.

CHOLESTEROL: WHY SIZE MATTERS!
Learn the health benefits of having a good cholesterol profile, the health risks of having a poor cholesterol profile, what makes up a “good” cholesterol profile, why cholesterol size is more important than the number and what some effective non-pharmacological approaches to improving your cholesterol are.

BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE: WHY MASSAGE THERAPY IS MORE THAN A LUXURY
32 million Americans got a massage in 2014, and more than half of those massages were performed for medical reasons. Explore the benefits and attributes of therapeutic and spa massages, discuss the types of conditions massage has been shown to help and learn how to find a local massage therapist to meet your individual needs.

EAT YOUR WAY TO A BETTER NIGHT’S REST
This presentation will cover helpful approaches in regulating sleep through diet and stress reduction techniques. What and when you eat could be affecting your body’s ability to recover and restore. Learn diet choices and stress management strategies that can help improve your sleep quality.

JUICING VS. BLENDING: WHICH ONE IS BETTER?
Juices and smoothies both play an important role in any wellness program and the benefits of each will be discussed. Join us for a demo, tasting and juice recipes.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF KETTLEBELLS
Learn how to use kettlebells and understand how they can keep your low back strong.

Resources

  • Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care [access here]
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine [access here]
  • American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine [access here]
  • American Lung Association [access here]
  • America’s Health Rankings 2014 [access here]
  • American Institute for Preventive Medicine [access here]
  • American Public Health Association [access here]
  • County Health Rankings and Roadmaps [access here]
  • F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future, 2013 Report (Trust for America’s Health) [access here]
  • Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®
    Released in 2015:
    » 2014 State Well-Being Rankings [click here to access]
    » 2014 U.S. Community Well-Being Rankings [click here to access]
    »  U.S. individual state summaries and more. [click here to access]
  • Global Status Report on Non-communicable Diseases 2014 (WHO) [access here]
  • Institute of Medicine [access here]
  • Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public (IoM) [access here]
  • The Institute for Functional Medicine [access here]
  • Making Health Communications Programs Work: Planner’s Guide (NCI) [access here]
  • National Commission on Health Education Credentialing [access here]
  • National Wellness Institute [access here]
  • Oregon Care Partners [access here]
  • Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine [access here]
  • Oregon Public Health Association [access here]
  • Physical Activity Guidelines for America 2008: Be Active, Health, and Happy (USDHHS) [access here]
  • QuitDay.org
    Learn about smoking’s effects on college campuses and how to promote smoke-free universities [access here]
  • Rehab Health Care Centers [access here]
  • Theory at a Glance: A Guide for Health Promotion Practice (NIH) [access here]
  • Topics in Integrative Healthcare: An International Journal [access here]
  • Washington State Public Health Association [access here]
  • WELCOA [access here]
  • Wellsource [access here]