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  • Jenn Cornish

Whole Health for the Whole Person: A Deep Dive into Lifestyle Medicine




In the latest episode of Sound Lifestyle Medicine podcast, Dr. Mark Stephany, a seasoned hospital medicine physician transitioning to full-time lifestyle medicine, shares invaluable insights into the transformative power of lifestyle medicine. Dr. Stephany discusses his personal and professional journey, emphasizing the profound impact of holistic approaches to health that go beyond conventional medical treatments.


Throughout the podcast, Dr. Stephany sheds light on the principles of lifestyle medicine, which prioritize the treatment of the root causes of illness rather than just addressing symptoms. He explains how lifestyle choices significantly influence overall health, covering topics from nutrition and exercise to stress management and social connections. With his deep understanding, Dr. Stephany illustrates how these elements intertwine to affect our wellbeing.


Listeners will learn about the six pillars of lifestyle medicine that Dr. Stephany champions: nutrition, physical activity, stress reduction, restorative sleep, substance avoidance, and positive social connections. He articulates how these factors contribute up to 60-70% of an individual’s health outcomes, far outweighing genetics and medical interventions in many cases.


Dr. Stephany’s passion for empowering individuals shines through as he explains the importance of understanding the 'why' behind our health choices. He encourages listeners to reflect on their motivations to sustain long-term health improvements. This approach not only helps in overcoming temporary challenges but also fosters enduring wellness.


This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to enhance their quality of life through informed, intentional health choices. Dr. Stephany’s insights provide a compelling call to action for embracing lifestyle medicine to prevent and manage chronic diseases, improve mental health, and achieve holistic wellbeing.


Tune in to this enlightening conversation on iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcast player, and don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes. If you love the show, leave us a review and share your thoughts on how lifestyle medicine has influenced your health journey.


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