LSU Health Doctor Becomes Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine

Jennifer Singh, MD, LSU Health Shreveport School of Allied Health Physician Assistant Program Medical Director, has become Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM).

She is among the 204 physicians and 43 PhD/Masters-level health clinicians who have become the first medical professionals globally to be certified as Diplomates of the ABLM/American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. She is also the first Doctor of Medicine in the state of Louisiana to be Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine. To complete the certification, Dr. Singh completed online and live continuing education hours, submitted case studies, and took a written exam.

Lifestyle Medicine, defined by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, is the use of evidence-based lifestyle approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, tobacco cessation, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse chronic disease.

Despite advances in medicine, Americans are still suffering and dying from diseases that are preventable. Lifestyle Medicine targets the underlying causes and offers patients skills and knowledge to protect their health and fight disease. As much as 80 percent of chronic disease in the United States, such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and cancer, can be prevented or treated by changing diet and other daily habits.

“The most rewarding thing for me has been helping patients not just improve their numbers, but really improve their quality of life – they feel so much better, which is not always the case with writing prescriptions. It’s been very rewarding,” said Dr. Singh about her work with Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Singh received her Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech, then attended LSU Health Shreveport, where she completed a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency. She previously served on faculty in the Department of Medicine and Pediatrics at LSU Health Shreveport.

She is also certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.

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ABOUT THE AMERICAN BOARD OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE: The ABLM was formed in November, 2015, in Nashville, TN, by a group of visionary physicians who saw the need to: educate physicians and allied health professionals about Lifestyle Medicine; set a common standard/language for Lifestyle Medicine protocols globally; differentiate between evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine professionals and non-evidence based Lifestyle Medicine practitioners; set a global Lifestyle Medicine benchmark; and attract health insurance funding for evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine by requiring that any fund receivers be formally certified. Learn more at https://ablm.co/about/.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE: ACLM is the professional medical association for those dedicated to the advancement and clinical practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable healthcare system. More than a professional association, ACLM is a galvanizing force for change. ACLM addresses the need for quality education and certification, supporting 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. Learn more at http://www.LifestyleMedicine.org.