To advance this work, Big Picture Learning and The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) have partnered - in concert with other like-minded stakeholders serving as advisors and mentors. These collaborators, along with select Big Picture Learning schools - will co-design and pilot this resource website, as well as the mobile app, as a way to help all students in the BPL community navigate their way to healthy lifestyles and well-being.
It is our vision that all students live lives of their own design, supported by caring mentors and equitable opportunities to achieve their greatest potential. We move forward prepared to activate the power of schools, systems and education through student-directed, real-world learning.
We are activists.
More than a professional association, ACLM is a galvanizing force for change. Through development and promotion of educational events, tools, resources and campaigns designed to further the cause of Lifestyle Medicine, ACLM supports its members in their individual practices and in their collective desire to domestically and globally promote Lifestyle Medicine as the first treatment option, as opposed to a first option of treating symptoms and consequences with expensive, ever increasing quantities of pills and procedures. ACLM members are united in their desire to identify and eradicate the cause of disease.
"Covid-19 has shone an even brighter light on the urgent need for Lifestyle Medicine to become the foundation of a transformed and sustainable system of health care. The recent CDC report showed that people with underlying medical conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, were hospitalized six times as often as otherwise healthy individuals infected with the virus. Moreover, the death rate among this vulnerable population was 12 times higher. The report also highlighted the disease’s striking disparities between whites and minority groups, wherein Native Americans or Alaska Natives have been hospitalized at 5 times the rates of white; rates of blacks’ hospitalization has been 4.5 times higher; and rates for Hispanics 4 times higher.”
- President-elect of American College of Lifestyle Medicine Dr. Dexter Shurney