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17th Surgeon General of the U.S. Richard Carmona to Highlight Lifestyle as “The Vaccine and Treatment for an Unhealthy World” at 2017 Lifestyle Medicine Conference

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) will host Lifestyle Medicine 2017, October 22-25 at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Arizona. This year’s conference, “Transforming Health, Redefining Healthcare,” will feature a keynote presentation by 17th U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, on “Lifestyle: The Vaccine and Treatment for an Unhealthy World.”

Carmona’s presentation will review the lifestyle choices that contribute to the plague of preventable disease while making the business case for pursuing optimal health and wellness. The keynote will include discussion of the preventable national and global disease and economic burden, the science behind lifestyle choices, and the importance of health literacy and cultural competence in effecting individual change and results in improved health and wellness.

“As Surgeon General of the United States, it became apparent to me that preventable disease and its corresponding economic burden in the United States continues to rise,” Carmona said. “Although we spend more per capita on health care than any other developed nation in the world, our performance metrics rank us far from the top in many categories. Most of the factors that are driving our increased cost, as well as the increased disease burden, are primarily related to lifestyle choices. If we don’t address this now, we know that the legacy we will leave our children is unsustainable.”

“Serving on ACLM’s Board of Advisors, Dr. Carmona has been a champion of a lifestyle medicine-first approach to healthcare, which is essential to our ability to rein in the lifestyle-related chronic disease trends and their associated costs, both here in the U.S. and around the world,” said ACLM Executive Director Susan Benigas. “To say that this is an urgent matter is an understatement, as even the World Health Organization now recognizes non-communicable disease, as opposed to infectious disease, as the looming global pandemic with incalculable consequences.”

In 2006, Dr. Carmona successfully completed the statutory four-year term of the U.S. Surgeon General and was named to the position of vice chairman for Canyon Ranch, a leader in the health and wellness field for over 35 years and a member of ACLM’s Corporate Roundtable. He also serves as chief executive officer of the company’s Health division and oversees health strategy and policy for all Canyon Ranch businesses. He is president of the nonprofit Canyon Ranch Institute and the first Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

The ACLM annual conference is the nation’s premier medical education event exclusively focused on lifestyle medicine as the foundation of a transformed healthcare system. The CME-accredited conference will deliver impressive keynotes, evidence-based educational sessions, research posters and ample networking activities, as well as the inaugural meeting of the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance. The day following the conference’s conclusion, the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine will administer the first-ever board certification exam in Lifestyle Medicine to some 300 physicians and other health professionals from around the world.

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ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE: ACLM is the physician-led professional medical association for clinicians dedicated to the advancement and clinical practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable healthcare system. More than a professional association, ACLM is a galvanizing force for change. ACLM addresses the need for quality education and certification, supporting its members in their individual practices and in their collective desire to domestically and globally promote Lifestyle Medicine as the first treatment option, as opposed to a first option of treating symptoms and consequences with expensive, ever-increasing quantities of pills and procedures. ACLM members are united in their desire to identify and eradicate the cause of disease. Join today at Board certification in the field is available through the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Visit for details.

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