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Lifestyle Medicine

St. Luke's recognizes that good health can be more than fixing problems after they appear. Quality of health often begins with the choices we make every day for ourselves, our families, and our communities. Those choices are at the center of lifestyle medicine, an emerging specialty focused on preventing, treating, managing or even reversing many of the most common chronic diseases in today's world.

The World Health Organization estimates that up to 80% of non-communicable conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and stroke are preventable when we make better choices in these key areas:

  • Increasing consumption of whole, plant-based foods
  • Increasing aerobic activity
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Decreasing use of tobacco, alcohol, and other unhealthy substances
  • Maintaining healthy relationships
  • Managing stress

At St. Luke's, we'll work with you to achieve optimal health through lifestyle changes that are right for you. We not only provide information and tools you need, we also help you build a system of support and resources to achieve and maintain your best health.


Highlights & Resources

Providers

  • Nutrition Services for Adults

    Biography

    Charmin Aschenbrener, RD earned her bachelor's degree from Oregon State University and completed her dietetic internship at Idaho State University. She is a facilitator for both the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a lifestyle improvement course; and Cooking Matters, classes on healthy eating and cooking.

  • Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Kyle Davis, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in clinical health psychology and behavioral sleep medicine, including cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. He has specialized training in mood and sleep disorders, chronic pain, weight management, and in primary care mental health integration. 

    Kyle earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Amanda (Mandy) Helsley, LCSW offers supportive counseling to assist with psychological needs related to financial needs and creating a stable environment. In addition, she can assist patients in building coping skills to help lower stress and improve day-to-day life.

    Mandy earned her bachelor's degree in social work from Boise State University with a certification in dispute resolution. She earned a master's degree in social work from Northwest Nazarene University, specializing in clinical practice and administration.

  • Nutrition Services for Adults

    Biography

    Joselyn Read, RD teaches a number of community nutrition education courses, including healthy cooking classes, and is a facilitator of the CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program). She has a special interest in plant-based eating to reduce risk of chronic disease and optimize overall health. 

    Josie earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho. In addition to her passions for nutrition and cooking, Josie enjoys spending time outside mountain biking and running.


  • Lifestyle Medicine

    Biography

    Jennifer Shalz, MD serves as the medical director of St. Luke’s lifestyle medicine department. She develops and directs programs that use lifestyle interventions to help prevent, treat, and reverse chronic disease.

    Dr. Shalz is passionate about helping people not only live more years, but put more life in their years. Current programs under her management include cardiac, peripheral vascular disease, and pulmonary rehabilitation (referral required); nicotine dependence treatment; care transitions; the St. Luke’s Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP); and the St. Luke’s Center for Lifestyle Medicine at the South Meridian YMCA. 

    Dr. Shalz is a diplomate of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. She earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base. She practiced at three different VA medical centers after separating as a major from the US Air Force. She was most recently a hospice medical director and worked in supportive oncology at a cancer center prior to joining St. Luke’s.

  • Lifestyle Medicine

    Biography

    Nancy Taylor, NP-C, CCNS focuses on using lifestyle interventions to help prevent, treat, and reverse chronic disease. Her areas of practice include cardiac, peripheral vascular disease, and pulmonary rehabilitation. 

    Nancy is a diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from York College of Pennsylvania, and her master's degree in nursing and post-master’s certificate in nursing as a family nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist from Gonzaga University.

Take a Lifestyle Medicine Class and Improve Your Health

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    $10.00, Registration Required

    We will discuss the role of lifestyle as medicine in preventing, treating, and possibly even reversing common chronic diseases.

  • Behavior Change Series: Online

    Health Management Classes
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    $40.00, Registration Required

    This class is designed to help participants discover their motivation for change.

  • Change Your Mindset: Online Teams

    Health Management Classes
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    $40.00, Registration Required

    This class is designed to help participants develop a growth mindset in relationship to living a healthy lifestyle.

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    Next Date & Time
    Monday, Sep 27, 2021 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
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    $10.00, Registration Required

    Learn about the difference in calorie density and volume of food and how this can benefit overall health and baseline weight.

Articles & Resources

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  • Blog Post

    St. Luke's patient, daughter reach Idaho's greatest heights after major heart operation

  • Blog Post

    St. Luke's, community help Riggins woman change her diet — and her life

  • Blog Post

    One year in, Lifestyle Medicine has plenty of success stories to share

  • Blog Post

    St. Luke’s Launches Lifestyle Medicine Program with Health Improvement Classes