Empowerment + Vitality
At the Middlesex Health Lifestyle Medicine program, we share evidence-based tools to help you realize your own power to achieve a healthy lifestyle. We believe that each and every person can take steps to achieve their wellness goals, and our board-certified lifestyle medicine clinicians will guide you every step of the way.
About Our Program
Lifestyle medicine is an innovative way of preventing, reversing and treating chronic disease. It uses evidence based, non-medication techniques to help patients take small steps towards a healthier lifestyle.
Six Areas for Improvement
Lifestyle medicine focuses on six areas in which patients can improve their health:
In lifestyle medicine, food is medicine! We teach simple ways to incorporate new and interesting foods into your daily routine, making healthy eating more fun and less overwhelming.
- Physical Activity
Regular exercise is essential to our health, and lifestyle medicine recognizes that this doesn’t have to mean going to the gym everyday. Activities that range from walking to gardening to pushups at home are all options that can be maintained on a daily basis.
Social connectedness is key to good mental, emotional and physical health. We work with you to determine what healthy relationships look like for you, as well as how you can build or strengthen your support system. Additionally, our team-based program is a source of social connection in and of itself!
- Stress Reduction
Stress comes in many forms and can have both good and bad effects on our health. We work with you to determine the difference between positive and negative stress, so that you can build a toolkit of techniques to reduce the stress that causes anxiety, depression, problems with the immune system, and more.
A lack of sleep—or poor quality sleep—impacts the body, mind and spirit. It has been shown to strain the immune system and can lead to the use of unhealthy coping mechanisms as we try to get more rest. In lifestyle medicine programs, we look at all of the factors that may compromise your nighttime routine and help you develop techniques to get the best night’s sleep.
- Use of Risky Substances
Addiction can increase your risk for serious long term health problems, such as heart disease and cancer. We can support you in quitting smoking, stopping other forms of tobacco use, limiting alcohol consumption and more.
A Safe, Positive Environment
In lifestyle medicine, we know that health can be impacted by a wide range of factors—including many that are outside of our control. Our team will work with you to understand your health and your story, including the goals that you want to achieve, medications you need and much more. The techniques we use can be added on top of what you are already doing, and you can be confident that our lifestyle medicine clinic is a judgement-free space. We are all working together to achieve one goal: your best possible health.
Lifestyle medicine uses a team-based approach to care. Our patients report that this is the most empowering and helpful aspect of lifestyle medicine.
How are lifestyle medicine visits structured?
At Middlesex Health, lifestyle medicine is a small group program. Patients gather in groups of 8–12 people for 90 minute sessions led by a team of expert providers. To keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, these sessions are currently taking place online.
Who are the lifestyle medicine providers?
Each session is led by three providers: a board-certified lifestyle medicine physician, a registered dietitian and a health coach/patient navigator.
Meet Dr. Mahima Gulati
Mahima Gulati, MD, MSc, ECNU, FACE is a fellowship-trained endocrinologist and is certified in Lifestyle Medicine by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She is the founder and director of the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic at Middlesex Health and is passionate about helping her patients live healthy, joyful lives.
What do we do during the sessions?
Lifestyle medicine sessions are a combination of discussion, counseling and hands on experiences.
Discussion and Counseling
Getting started with lifestyle changes can be a challenge. With a focus on taking small steps and enjoying our day-to-day lives, we will talk about:
- How to identify the triggers or impulses that lead to less healthy choices
- How to react to triggers and impulses with positive steps instead of old habits
- The importance of awareness and mindfulness
- Techniques for being successful in developing healthy habits
Hands On Opportunities
Sessions focus a lot on healthy eating and how to incorporate small changes into your diet. We will cook together during sessions, and our providers will bring interesting and novel fruits, veggies and other foods that are delicious and easy to prepare.
We focus on:
- Foods that may be new to you but are simple to cook and enjoyable to eat
- How to have fun in the kitchen & with healthy eating
- How easy it can be to make simple, healthy changes—even during your busiest days
- How to get started if you’ve never been a cook
Prevention and Treatment without Medication
Chronic conditions—like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and overweight/obesity—are very common. In fact, more than half of adults in the United States have at least one chronic health concern. This impacts our lives in many ways. It changes day-to-day routines, means more medications and time at doctor’s offices and can make it difficult to enjoy favorite activities.
There is a growing body of research that shows that lifestyle medicine can treat—and even prevent—chronic illness. Rather than just treating symptoms, lifestyle medicine focuses on understanding why someone is sick. This means we can work on fixing the cause of illness.
Lifestyle Changes that Work for You
Another benefit of lifestyle medicine is that it can be adjusted to work for you—your lifestyle, your goals and your schedule. While our team will share recommendations and strategies, we will also support you in building a lifestyle that meets your needs.
Many major insurance providers cover lifestyle medicine programs. Please contact your insurance carrier for specifics about your plan.
A Message from Our Director
Dr. Mahima Gulati
Welcome to the Lifestyle Medicine Program at Middlesex Health! Our goal is to familiarize our patients with what they can do to unleash their own potential to live a healthy, joyful life. We often don't come face-to-face with our own strengths, but each and every person has the extraordinary power to live fully, with vibrancy and vitality. We will help you to implement small, positive, scientifically-proven changes, because making changes to your diet, exercise routines and sleep habits doesn't have to feel like a punishment.
We look forward to coaching you and helping you find empowerment in a healthy lifestyle!
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