Five Rochester physicians are among 204 physicians in the nation to become the first to be board-certified in lifestyle medicine.
Ted Barnett, Susan Friedman, Kerry Graff, Thomas Roberts and Sandra Sarnoski-Roberts passed the certification examination given by American Board of Lifestyle Medicine in Tucson, Arizona.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the physicians on our team,” said Barnett, founder and medical director of Rochester Lifetime Medicine. “Rochester is truly on the forefront of the movement to transform health care in our nation with simple and inexpensive lifestyle changes.”
Barnett, who has practiced interventional and diagnostic radiology in Rochester for over three decades, founded RLM in 2015 to bring health care solutions to the community.
“Ultimately it’s about returning the locus of control to our patients while teaching them how to take personal responsibility for their health with lifestyle changes,” Barnett said.
Lifestyle medicine, as defined by ACLM, focuses on treating the causes of disease rather than just the symptoms. It involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet; physical activity; adequate sleep; stress management; tobacco cessation; and other nondrug modalities to prevent, treat and often reverse chronic disease.