Western University of Health Sciences Healthy Living and Wellness Initiative Western University of Health Sciences

Welcome to the Healthy Living and Wellness Initiative

Paula M. Crone, D.O.
An extensive body of scientific evidence already supports the concept that lifestyle factors and behaviors exert an enormous influence on health status. Studies provide strong and consistent evidence that regular physical exercise, maintenance of a healthy body weight, not smoking cigarettes or using alcohol to excess, and following sound nutritional practices positively impact health. The challenge for physicians and other health care professionals today is how to incorporate this extensive body of knowledge about the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions into their daily clinical practice.

Paula M. Crone, D.O. Vice President, Oregon Campus Operations Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, COMP-Northwest

 


Our Vision

All health care professionals should be properly trained and highly motivated to prevent, treat and reverse chronic disease through lifestyle choices and personal example.

Mission

Our mission is to reduce the enormous disease burden of largely preventable chronic health conditions in our society, which have become epidemic. We will educate health care professionals about effective methods for motivating patients and communities to adopt lifelong personal behavior changes. These health-related lifestyle changes will be primarily aimed at improving nutrition and increasing regular exercise. Additional focus will be placed on the importance of sleep, hydration and stress management for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.


Research

Conduct evidence-based research that supports wellness by addressing the gaps in current understanding of health issues in areas that include improper or incomplete nutrition, inadequate fitness, environmental risks and other lifestyle choices while reducing the cost of health care services. Focus areas will include behavioral, translational and basic science research, as well as research education and engagement. We will offer student research fellowships, a program for visiting research scholars, and host an annual lifestyle medicine research symposium.

Education

Utilize evidence-based practices to train medical students and health professionals in behavior modification that prevents, halts, and reverses disease while promoting overall health and healthy aging. Motivate medical students and providers to be healthy lifestyle role models to patients in their communities, including rural, diverse, underserved, and global populations. We will provide continuing medical education courses to health professionals and clinical rotations for our medical students focusing on the benefits of lifestyle choices.


Engagement

Create inter-professional working partnerships with community leaders, health care professionals, medical facilities, research facilities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to promote healthy living and wellness. We will support student-led healthy living initiatives such as hosting an educational series for the community and participating in health clinics.

For more information, contact:
Pomona 909-469-5563
Lebanon 541-259-0206

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Looking Forward

The Healthy Living and Wellness Initiative will include a facility located at COMP-Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon. It would lead and coordinate all programs and projects under the guidance of the Healthy Living and Wellness board and director. The facility, in partnership with community organizations and medical institutions, will be equipped to conduct research, provide education,community outreach, and patient consultations.   yoga