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Cleveland Clinic Launches Ground-Breaking Wellness Program To Reverse Effects of Common Chronic Diseases
Date:2/9/2009

"Lifestyle 180" Program Equips Participants with Tools to Live Healthy, Active Lives

CLEVELAND, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- As a top-ranked healthcare institution, Cleveland Clinic has consistently sought to shift the national focus from providing "sick" care to promoting wellness. As part of this commitment, Cleveland Clinic has launched Lifestyle 180(sm), a new program that helps reverse and decrease the effects of several common chronic diseases that are plaguing the healthcare system and costing participants their quality of life.

The six-week program includes almost 50 hours of hands-on guidance from a team of wellness experts, including registered dietitians, exercise physiologists, and stress management and yoga instructors. Elizabeth Ricanati, M.D., Medical Director for Lifestyle 180, manages disease-specific therapies for each participant and advises them through regular one-on-one sessions.

"We feel that Lifestyle 180 truly represents a fundamental change in how medicine and healthcare can impact participants' lives for the better," said Dr. Ricanati. "Research shows that many chronic conditions are largely the result of lifestyle decisions, so if we can teach people how to make better choices, we can reduce the number of people living with these diseases instead of simply adding to the numbers afflicted."

Each Lifestyle 180 group has 12 to 16 participants who meet for four-hour classes twice a week at Cleveland Clinic's new Wellness campus in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Currently, Lifestyle 180 is open to participants with metabolic disorders, like hypertension, high cholesterol, dia
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