Lifestyle Medicine

What we offer

Lifestyle Consultations

  • One-on-one sessions with Dr. Graff to assess lifestyle-related health issues & goals
  • The focus is primarily on diet, physical activity, and stress management
  • Initial visits are one hour
  • Follow-up visits are 30 minutes

Educational Resources

  • Available in our office are recipes, cookbooks, DVDs, CDs, and informational literature

In conjunction with UR | Thompson Health

  • Whole Food Plant-Based Classes
    • 5-week series on transitioning to a healthier diet
    • $125 includes classes, food samples, and materials
  • Support Group with Potluck Dinner
    • Monthly meeting to support your transition to a healthier lifestyle

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

It’s a new medical specialty that focuses on treating the underlying causes of health problems rather than just managing symptoms with pills and procedures, which often only mask problems and allow them to continue or worsen.

While pills and procedures are sometimes appropriate, most chronic diseases and health issues are lifestyle-related and can be prevented, stopped, and even reversed by adopting healthier habits. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that up to 80% of the health misery in the US is self-inflicted by our daily diet, physical activity, and smoking-related choices.

Dr. Graff is passionate about helping patients regain their health through lifestyle measures. She advocates a Whole Food Plant-Based diet, which has been proven to help with a variety of ailments including but not limited to: autoimmune diseases, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and much more.

What is a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet?

It’s a diet comprised of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. It avoids processed foods (like white flour, sugar, and oil) and animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, and fish). We recommend getting as close to this diet as possible because:

  • It’s one of the quickest and most effective ways to improve health
  • It’s the only diet proven to prevent & reverse heart disease- our nation’s #1 killer
  • It’s three times more effective at reducing sugar levels in diabetics than the American Diabetes Association diet
  • It’s been shown to increase you body’s natural ability to fight cancer
  • If you struggle with weight problems, you’ll be able to reach a healthy weight without going hungry
  • The health benefits are incremental- as you increase the percentage of calories you get from whole plants, you’ll receive more health benefits

 

If you are interested in working with Dr. Graff on one or more of these issues and you would like to become a Lifestyle Medicine patient, please click here to learn more.

Steps to becoming a Lifestyle Medicine Patient

  1. Ensure that you already have a Primary Care Physician in place. We are not accepting new patients for Primary Care. 
  2. Read the informational letter (below).
  3. Read & sign the Office & Insurance Policies. Complete the Registration Paperwork, and return both items to our office.
  4. Once we review your information, we will contact you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Graff.
    • Your initial consultation with Dr. Graff will be one hour in length. Please bring the following items with you to your first visit:
      • Current insurance card(s)
      • Current medication list
      • Current diagnosis list (you can get this from your Primary Care Physician)

Information for Lifestyle Medicine Patients

Please note that in order to become a lifestyle medicine patient, you must already be established with a Primary Care Doctor.