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Lifestyle Medicine

Summary: Prevent or treat your chronic disease with lifestyle medicine.
Air Date: 11/22/17
Duration: 26:28
Host: Dr. Mike Fenster
Guest Bio: Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH
Dr. Dexter ShurneyDr. Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, is the former Chief Medical Director /Executive Director for Global Health Benefits and Corporate Wellness for Cummins, Inc.

He has an extensive background in health care management and policy. He has distinguished himself as a recognized leader in his profession in numerous ways. Prior to Cummins, Dr. Shurney was the Chief Medical Director of the Employee Health Plan for Vanderbilt University and Medical Center. During his tenure at Vanderbilt he also held joint faculty appointments as Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Internal Medicine and Public Health, and Adjunct Faculty, Owens Graduate School of Management. Other positions that Dr. Shurney has held include Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Healthways, Senior Health Policy Strategist in the Division of Government Affairs for the biotechnology company Amgen Inc., Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of medical affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Editor of the Journal of Managed Care Physicians.

Dr. Shurney serves on numerous boards including: The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) where he is President-elect, the Global Business Group on Health, and the National Association of Managed Care Physicians. From 2007-2009, he served as the Chair of the Tennessee Diabetes Prevention and Health Improvement Board, appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen. He was also the most recent Chair of the Business Strategies Committee for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). For 12 years he served as the American College of Medical Quality’s (ACMQ) elected delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA).

Dr. Shurney is co-author of the book Integrating Wellness into Your Disease Management Programs, which is a “how-to” strategic guide for employers that wish to innovate their approach to chronic condition management.

Dr. Shurney is board-certified in general preventive medicine and public health. He is a fellow in the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Lifestyle Medicine
Seventy to eighty percent of chronic disease is driven by lifestyle. This includes nutrition, sleep hygiene, exercise, substance use and stress.

Lifestyle medicine employs behavioral changes to prevent and treat chronic disease when possible. This field is growing rapidly. Speak with your doctor about what lifestyle changes you can make to improve your chronic disease conditions.

Listen as Dr. Dexter Shurney joins Dr. Mike Fenster to discuss lifestyle medicine.

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