Lifestyle Medicine

Better Health Through Better Living

It’s no surprise that our lifestyle choices impact our overall well-being, but did you know that healthy living can prevent or even reverse chronic disease?

What you eat, whether you exercise, how many hours you sleep each night, the amount of stress you're under—these are lifestyle pieces that can and do have a big impact on your health.

What impact does lifestyle have on health?

Healthy lifestyle is the medicine that can prevent as much as 80% of chronic disease. The leading causes of death in this country stems from tobacco, poor diet and exercise. Lifestyle Medicine can be used as a therapeutic intervention to prevent, arrest and often, reverse disease.

What is lifestyle medicine?

Lifestyle medicine looks to healthy lifestyle habits as the “medicine” to stop, reverse, cure, and prevent disease and illness. Through healthy nutrition, fitness, sleep, mindfulness, and reduction of chemical exposures, the body is allowed to heel and know optimal health and wellness.

How is lifestyle medicine different from conventional medicine?

Conventional medicine focuses on the care of sick people, striving to improve conditions through treating the symptoms of disease.

Lifestyle medicine focuses on understanding the root cause of illness, which in this country is 80% likely to be related to suboptimal lifestyle habits. Fixing illness at this level allows for true healing.

Differences Between Conventional and Lifestyle Medicine

Conventional Lifestyle
Goal is disease management Goal is disease reversal
Emphasis is on diagnosis of symptoms Emphasis is on understanding cause of
Treats individual risk factors Treats lifestyle as a whole
Patient is often passive recipient of care Patient is active partner in care
Patient is instructed to make changes Patient is supported to make changes
Medication is often the "end" treatment Medication may be needed but as an adjunct to lifestyle change
Side effects are balanced by the benefits No side effects to positive lifestyle changes

Who is a good candidate for lifestyle medicine?

Those suffering from chronic health conditions like heart or vascular disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, or high blood pressure, and anyone else seeking to prevent illness or who desires optimal health and wellness.

How can our program benefit you?

It is well known and documented that tobacco use, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity contribute to chronic illness and premature death. About half of all adults in the U.S. have at least one chronic condition, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

The good news is, in many cases these conditions can be prevented, delayed, controlled or even reversed by living a healthy lifestyle. Holland Hospital's Lifestyle Medicine Program will focus on these six areas to help patients realize greater health and wellness:

  • Food: More whole, plant-based foods, and less refined and highly processed foods, meat, dairy, and eggs.
  • Movement: Increasing daily physical activity to at least 30 minutes per day.
  • Sleep: Ensuring consistent quantity and quality sleep.
  • Mindfulness: Lowering stress and anxiety through healthy coping techniques like exercise, meditation or deep breathing.
  • Cessation: of tobacco products and excess alcohol intake.
  • Support: Providing guidance, encouragement and motivation for lasting success.

Where do you begin?

You will be scheduled for an initial consultation with our Medical Director, Dr. Tyler Murphy, a board-certified internist with fellowship training in lifestyle medicine.

During your first visit, you will receive a thorough evaluation. Dr. Murphy will then develop a detailed plan that includes realistic goals, actions and timing for making key lifestyle changes and achieving results. Follow-up visits will be scheduled to celebrate successes, problem solve and set new goals.

Most patients should plan to meet with Dr. Murphy every two to eight weeks for several months. Additional nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, and health coaching resources maybe recommended as needed.

Does insurance cover lifestyle medicine?

Many insurance programs will cover a portion of the cost, such as physician services. While other non-physician services may not be covered, you may be able to use flex spending and/or health savings dollars to offset these costs. If you have questions about your coverage, please contact your insurance carrier.

To Learn More

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Murphy, please call his office at (616) 494-8387.

To learn more about lifestyle medicine, visit the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Meet Our Lifestyle Medicine Team

Tyler Murphy, MD

Education & Training

Institution Degree
University of Michigan Health System Internship/Residency
Medical College of Ohio MD