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HEALing with Lifestyle Medicine

On Episode 24 of the podcast we are joined by Dr. Erin Sinnaeve. Dr. Sinnaeve is a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in Lifestyle Medicine and Allergy/Immunology in the greater Chicagoland area and a professor of Population Health and Epidemiology. Dr. Sinnaeve is a member of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She is the secretary for the Health Equity Achieved through Lifestyle Medicine, a member of the Jiviniti coalition, and a board member for the Plant Based Nutrition Movement in the Chicagoland area. In addition, Erin is a wife, mom and mentor to others who aspire to have an impact in their community.

One of the topics we discuss is health equity. As Dr. Sinnaeve shares during the podcast, health equity exists when individuals have equal opportunities to be healthy. Our ability to lead a healthy life is often associated with many life factors such as race, ethnicity, zip code, and many other factors. When these factors limit a person's ability to be healthy it can lead to health inequity. Dr. Sinnaeve is part of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Health Equity Achieved through Lifestyle Medicine (HEAL) initiative. HEAL was launched to promote health equity using lifestyle medicine and is led by Drs. Terri Stone and Marsha-Gail Davis.

Dr. Sinnaeve also shares that her husband is certified through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine as a Food for Life Instructor. This amazing couple is sharing healthy, fun and innovative ways to eat more plants. You can find some fun recipes on their website Thrive Plant Life.

Dr. Sinnaeve also shares her approach to the other Perfectly Pl@nted pillars and how she tries to incorporate physical activity, positivity, meditation and a good night’s sleep into her lifestyle.

As we were preparing for today’s conversation, we had long talks about health, health equity, structural racism, the US education system, the food industry and many other aspects of our social fabric that can positively or negatively impact our ability to lead our healthiest life. We touched on many of these topics in our thirty-minute conversation with Dr. Sinnaeve and we hope that she will join us again in the future to continue the dialogue. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did. Thank you, Dr. Sinnaeve.

Until next time, be well.


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