What’s Next for Health Promotion? What New Approaches Will Produce the Best Outcomes?
David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP
Founding Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center at Griffin Hospital; Director & Founder, Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital; Founder & President, Turn the Tide Foundation, Inc.; Principal Inventor, Overall Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI); Chief Science Officer, NuVal, LLC; Editor-in-Chief, Childhood Obesity Journal; Senior Medical Advisor; MindStream Academy; President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
A steady sequence of studies over a span of decades have indicated that lifestyle practices can eliminate roughly 80% of all chronic diseases. In a culture that conflates disease care for “health care,” there is a tendency to think that the dissemination of these practices will depend on clinical activity. There is clearly a role for clinicians to play in advancing a lifestyle medicine agenda, and the propagation of its benefits. However, in those populations around the world that derived the greatest benefit from lifestyle medicine, clinics play a minor role; they are not the principal spoon in which the medicine is delivered. Where lifestyle is most decisively the medicine, culture is the spoon. The implications for health promotion in the U.S. will be explored in this context.
David L. Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP is an internationally renowned authority on nutrition, weight management, and the prevention of chronic disease, and an internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine and patient-centered care. He is a board certified specialist in both Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health Director and founder and president of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation; and formerly the Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine for eight years. Katz has published over 100 scientific papers, numerous textbook chapters, nearly a thousand newspaper columns, and 12 books to date. He is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index utilized in the NuValT nutrition guidance program, currently offered in over 500 supermarkets throughout the United States. Along with his wife, Catherine, Katz developed the Nutrition Detectives, an innovative program for elementary school children.