Lifestyle Modification Groups

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The GW Resiliency & Well-being Center (R&W Center) invites you to join a lifestyle modification group focused on the self-management of prehypertension and hypertension using a whole health care model

This free online program is open to all faculty and staff in the GW Medical Enterprise—GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Medical Faculty Associates, and GW Hospital—and Children's National Hospital.

The virtual group visits start on January 6, 2023 and will take place every Friday from 12-1 pm ET over four weeks. 

Experiential videos from health professionals in the field of Lifestyle Medicine are included to help you practice new skills at home. 

Week 1: Orientation (1/6)

Facilitators: Ashley Drapeau, PA-C, MPAS, MAC, LAc, behavioral services physician assistant, and Viktoriya Karakcheyeva, MD, MS, NCC, LCPC, LCADS, behavioral services director, R&W Center

•    Welcome

•    What to expect

•    Goal setting  

Week 2: Stress reduction (1/13)

Facilitator: Lorenzo Norris, MD, chief wellness officer, GW medical enterprise, and medical director, R&W Center

•    Learn how to recognize your stressors

•    Review simple ways to cope with stress at work and home

•    Mindfulness skill session

Week 3: Nutrition (1/20)

Facilitator: Leigh Frame, PhD, MHS, CERT ’20, associate director, R&W Center 

•    Learn how small changes in your diet can have a big impact

•    Learn how to eat healthy without giving up all the foods you love

•    Cooking demonstration

Week 4: Physical activity (1/27)

Facilitator: Kyle Levers, Ph.D., CSCS,*D, assistant professor of exercise science director, Metabolism and Exercise Testing Laboratory, Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health

•    Learn how to add physical activity to your life, even if you don’t think you have time

•    Review different types of physical activity

•    Yoga demonstration 

Be empowered to make healthy lifestyle changes while receiving and providing motivation and support to each other!