Lifestyle Medicine Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I need a referral from my healthcare provider to make an appointment?
  2. How often are my appointments, and how long will they last?
  3. Will I be prescribed nutritional supplements or have to follow a meal plan?
  4. I’ve been through many weight loss programs. What makes this program different?
  5. How much does your program cost?
  6. Are your programs based on scientific evidence?
  7. Doesn’t my doctor already know about this?
  8. Will I have to change doctors?
  9. Do you believe people benefit only from vegan or vegetarian lifestyles?
  10. What is ACLM and what does it do?

 

1) Do I need a referral from my healthcare provider to make an appointment?

While we encourage you to discuss your weight management plan or lifestyle changes with your primary care provider, a referral is not necessary to make an appointment with Arnott Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. You can simply call (303) 282-3676 to schedule an appointment.

2) How often are my appointments, and how long will they last?

During your initial appointment, you will meet with a Dr. Arnott, board-certified in lifestyle medicine and family medicine. Please be sure to bring your completed New Patient Questionnaire. For the initial consultation, you should plan to spend at least one hour with the Arnott Lifestyle Medicine Clinic provider. Scheduling of subsequent appointments will be based on your individual needs. Those visits will vary in length, but are typically between 20 and 45 minutes.

3) Will I be prescribed nutritional supplements or have to follow a meal plan?

Nutrition recommendations are individualized at your visit with the physician and nutrition counselor and dependent on your health history, personal preferences and lifestyle. We do not sell nutrition supplements/meal replacements in our clinic. However, these may be recommended to you based on your nutritional needs and health history.

4) I’ve been through many weight loss or lifestyle change programs. What makes this program different?

The Arnott Lifestyle Medicine Clinic follows a medical model using evidence-based treatment plans that are individualized to you. We offer a multidisciplinary approach to address the many physiological, behavioral and social factors that may be contributing to your weight.

5) How much does your program cost?

We do not receive payments from health insurance companies.  We have chosen to make our patients the focus of their visits, not the insurance companies and their various requirements, which often distract the physician from the patient and their needs.

We will provide an itemized receipt for services rendered that you may submit to your insurance company.  We offer a very reasonable cash payment option.

Lifestyle medicine is an investment in your health, your career, and your relationships. Lifestyle medicine can dramatically improve your quality of life, your energy levels, and can reduce your health conditions*. It enables many patients to live longer and to spend more quality time with their loved ones*. Most patients, once they realize these benefits, decide that there is no way they cannot afford to invest in their future, their health, and their life.

6) Are your programs based on scientific evidence?

Our programs have been designed based on a collection of the national health guidelines as well as foundational and updated research for each content area. In addition, the recommendations of national professional societies are incorporated, as well as core peer-reviewed journal articles that contribute to the evidence base in lifestyle medicine.

7) Doesn’t my doctor already know about this?

Most medical students and physicians do not receive adequate training in even the basics of Lifestyle Medicine—nutrition and physical activity—yet we know 85 percent of chronic disease today is caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices in these and other areas. Lifestyle medicine education and certification are available, but few physicians have yet to take advantage of it.

8) Will I have to change doctors?

No.  We do not replace your primary physician or your other subspecialists.  We work in cooperation with them.  They will continue to make all your medication adjustments.  However, they will likely be reducing your medication dosages, rather than increasing them.

9)  Do you believe that people benefit only from vegan or vegetarian lifestyles?

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and Arnott Lifestyle Medicine Clinic (ALMC) believe in the adoption of a predominantly whole food, plant-based dietary lifestyle. That stance recognizes that a range of dietary practices have evidence showing healthy benefits. However, the common thread appears to be the intake of a large proportion of whole plant foods.

10) What is ACLM and what does it do?

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the medical professional society for physicians and others on the health care team devoted to treating, reversing and preventing chronic disease through lifestyle behaviors as a first-treatment option. ACLM fills the existing void in medical education by equipping and empowering its members to practice evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine through continuing medical education (CME) events and educational offerings, certification opportunities, clinical practice tools, patient education resources, networking opportunities and advocacy.

Lifestyle Medicine Questions

Do you have any other lifestyle medicine questions? Is there anything we didn’t touch on that you’d like to know more about, or are there any concerns that you have? Give us a call or email us, and we’ll be happy to answer them!