For Immediate Release: June 9, 2017
Ben Brown, M.D., medical director for Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™, spent the morning of June 6 with current and former participants of Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ at the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC).
“You are why I do this,” Brown said to program alumni. “Your stories and your accomplishments are inspiring.”
Brown, an advocate of lifestyle medicine since 1994, shared the Top Ten Tips from Past Participants on maintaining healthy lifestyle changes. “Set clear goals,” he advised. “Link what you want to your actions. Build exercise, stress management, and healthy eating into your daily routine.”
David Brown, of Egg Harbor Township, completed the program in March. “I’ve completely changed the way I eat,” he said. “I switched to whole grains, and eat a primarily plant-based diet. I read food labels. I exercise four or five times a week – and I feel better. I have more energy.”
David Brown added that his blood pressure and cholesterol levels are lower – and that he’s lost weight. “It’s encouraging to see these changes in yourself – and in fellow group members.” Brown cited the support he received from AtlantiCare staff and from colleagues in the Ornish program as important in his success. “The camaraderie, the energy we got from each other – you feel like you are not alone.”
“Public health in this country is teaching people how to eat and teaching people how to manage their stress,” said Ben Brown. “The formula for better health is simple: Stop doing what makes you sick, and start doing what makes you well. Our bodies are incredibly dynamic – they heal, and they can do so quickly when we give them the right circumstances.”
Participants in the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ program at the Heart Institute at ARMC are community members who have experienced heart attack, heart surgery and/or heart disease, and who want to optimize their cardiac health. The program consists of eighteen four-hour sessions that address nutrition, stress management, and fitness to improve heart health, and provides social support for participants.
Through the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center program, participants, who have experienced heart attack, heart surgery and/or heart disease, meet twice weekly at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter. Each four-hour session includes a healthy lunch, exercise, support group, and education. AtlantiCare team members include a program medical director, registered dietitian, stress management specialist, exercise physiologist, nurse case manager and group support facilitator.
About the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
The Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center is the only full-service cardiac program in southeastern New Jersey, providing everything from diagnostic cardiac catheterization to open-heart surgery to electrophysiology.
AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.