Group pushes lifestyle medicine

It is now well-established that effective and sustained lifestyle intervention is the foundation of treatment in practically all major prevalent medical problems like cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung problems, diabetes and cancer.

However, busy healthcare providers usually have very little time to provide their patients individualized, simple and sustainable prescriptions, particularly for diet, physical activity and stress management.

Inspired by the vision of an empowered community of leaders boldly shifting paradigms to continually find better ways of doing things and making it a better world, the FAME Leader’s Academy (FLA) took up the challenge of molding future movers and shakers in various professions, making them the best in their arenas.

According to Hudson Pelayo, FLA dean, their training modules and workshops incorporate lifestyle medicine as an essential therapeutic tool in addition to drug treatment, and offer a more holistic management of lifestyle diseases such as hypertension and diabetes among others.

“Drug treatment is needed in most cases,” said Pelayo. “But an effectively implemented lifestyle intervention on top of drug and/or surgical treatment is a more naturally oriented and rational holistic management approach.”

The academy’s faculty also includes medical doctor Blecenda Varona, founder of the Asian Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, who has helped improve the health and wellness of over 100,000 people all over the world. She has authored several books, created lifestyle medicine web-based applications, and developed various health and wellness programs.

International motivational speaker and life coach Richard Tamayo handles the workshops on stress management and cultivating enriching relationships in the workplace. Tamayo has inspired audiences in the United States, Canada and Asia.

He commits to helping people experience powerful breakthroughs through principle-centered seminar workshops on personal development, emotional wellness, family and relationship improvement, stress management, team building, and leadership.

Noted cardiologist, editor and medical doctor Rafael Castillo, who is FLA’s dean emeritus, provides medical perspective in the various modules, highlighting the importance of combining lifestyle medicine with drug treatment in prevalent medical conditions.

Castillo has been regarded as a multifaceted physician, public health educator, excellent communicator and strategic leader, researcher, lecturer, writer/editor, entrepreneur and community organizer. A multi-awarded physician, he has given more than 500 lectures locally and internationally.

For its continuing series of life- and health-enriching workshops, FLA recently launched “Winning in the Workplace,” a training series comprised of well-designed courses and programs specifically made for each organization’s requirements, with topics ranging from lifestyle medicine strategies with a focus on preventing lifestyle diseases, and cultivating strong, healthy and productive workplaces.

Through its highly-structured courses and programs, FLA aims to impart uncommon knowledge, skills and best practices to participants that they can use and readily apply in both professional and personal settings, all the while realizing their full potential as creative, passionate, dynamic and productive individuals.

FLA programs

FLA is the new addition to multimedia company FAME Inc.’s growing number of divisions catering to medical and health-related communications services. FAME stands for Friendly Alliances and Media Expressions.

It aims to be a topnotch learning provider for organizations and big companies to develop their people’s skills both at the personal and professional levels, so they could be better equipped to handle the challenges of their careers, achieving a seamless balance in the various aspects of their lives.

Some of the programs FLA offers are lifestyle medicine strategies and lifestyle diseases. Lifestyle medicine strategies include the body’s ability to heal itself given the best environment; exercise for life, benefits of exercise prescription, hydration, healing wonder of water, sleep health and basic nutrition, types of addictions, and emotional and spiritual health.

As for lifestyle diseases, one can understand the interpretation of laboratory results, the role of risk factors in various diseases, assessing your risk to develop common diseases, and understanding your body fat analysis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, among others.

It also has programs for workplace and relationships where one can cultivate a strong, healthy, and productive workplace through stress management, leadership trainings, personality development seminars and personalized courses.

FLA can also help one achieve his highest potential through its enriching programs that boosts the mental bank, reprograms the subconscious, and hones healthy relationships.

FLA also offers high-impact public speaking that will help one stand out from the crowd its curated courses on public speaking from writing an effective speech, breathing control during delivery, and appropriate gestures.

For more information, email fameleadersacademy@fame.ph or call (02) 892 07 23 or 24 loc. 112.

Published by Mylene Orillo

Mylene Orillo is a contributing writer at the Health & Lifestyle magazine.  Prior to that, she's a former correspondent at The Manila Times; former editor-in-chief of TravelPlus magazine; and former assistant editor of Health & Lifestyle, Zen Health, and DiabetEASE magazines by FAME Publishing, Inc., a company owned by cardiologist Dr. Rafael Castillo who has given her the much-needed break and opportunity in the health industry and medical field.  Her previous job as Media Consultant at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Writer-Researcher at the Headquarters Philippine Army ignited her passions for charity, volunteering, selfless service, and love of country. As a young girl, she loved reading her mom's collection of Mills & Boons pocketbooks, which started her passion to write romance stories.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. She is now working towards earning her master's degree hopefully this year. She loves traveling, long-distance running, reading romance and non-fiction books, watching Korean Drama series, feel-good rom coms, military movies, and documentaries during her spare time. Someday, she wants to meet Prince William and Pope Francis, settle down with the love of her life and have a family and kids of her own; and become a bestselling romance author.

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