A Science-Based Approach to Healing and Health
Dr. Bernadette’s Prescription: Healthier Living Is Medicine
HOW THE METHOD WAS DEVELOPED
As a practicing physician, Dr. Bernadette, has experienced first hand the affects of preventable disease on her patients. She longed for a solution that would move her practice from sick care to one based on wellness and prevention. After years of mentoring her patients and studying public policy on prevention, she developed her Life in Harmony techniques.
Drawing from National Institutes of Health, Office of Disease Prevention Strategic Plan, the Surgeon General’s: National Prevention Strategy, Initiatives and Strategies from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and many others (listed below), the Life in Harmony program, and all of her works, are evidence-based techniques which support behavioral change and disease prevention.
Dr. Bernadette found that the traditional approach to counseling her patients created a ‘resistance to change’ with some people feeling that they were being ‘told what to do.’ She discovered the key to creating a ‘desire to change’ when she applied a theory of self-determination which combined mindset and motivation with skill development, habit and routine. Life in Harmony was born!
LIFE IN HARMONY METHOD
Dr. Bernadette applied the technique across six functional areas which she refers to as the 6 ‘E’s. Each of these areas is designed to work in tandem with each other for focus, balance and sustainability in daily life:
- Exhale – Promotes a more mindful life experience which is less driven by situation, circumstance and emotion and is more about being present. She uses breathing techniques to reconnect to the body and to live in the moment.
- Eat – Food fuels the body. What you eat is one of the variables that determines the body’s output. Dr. Bernadette teaches nutrition and food choices as important ingredients in promoting health and preventing illness.
- Exercise – Our bodies are designed to move! Exercise revs energy, increases stamina, and improves mood. Supporting regular physical activity is a way to help in the management and prevention of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. It can also burn calories to prevent obesity.
- Examine – Prevention is the key to optimal health. Eating a balanced diet, regular exercise, taking moments to breathe, including time to enjoy, and adopting simple ways to enhance your uniqueness, are all strategies for best health. Dr. Bernadette also supports regular visits with your physician to establish a plan to maintain your health and monitor disease.
- Enhance – When you look good, you actually feel better. Dr. Bernadette supports adopting healthy and inexpensive ways to pamper your self. Research proves that it will improve both your physical and mental health and keep you feeling great!
- Enjoy – Enjoy life! The only moment that you are guaranteed is the one that you are presently living. Happiness is not a trivial distraction, research proves that it may extend our life and improve our health. Dr. Bernadette promotes enjoying life as a strategy to add spark to life and propel you through rough moments.
Research widely states that preventing disease before it starts is critical to helping people live longer, healthier lives. We also know that many of the strongest predictors of health and well-being, fall outside of the health care setting and this is why Dr. Bernadette has woven prevention into the fabric of everyday life with her 6 ‘E’s techniques.
Clarity is power for change. Dr. Bernadette often uses a question and answer format because it is the most effective technique to find answers, it’s more like a conversation and it forces someone to think. This process brings structure to thinking, planning, deciding and doing. Instead of just going around in circles, it provides a framework to clarify an objective, explore new options, make firm decision and become accountable to act on personal choices. It creates an answer that a person can believe in and get behind.
Teaching Toolkit for each course:
- Philosophical approach integrates mindfulness with integrated approach to medicine
- Applied theory of Self-Determination:
- Self-Assessments for strengths and weaknesses in work-life-family balance
- Self-Examination of daily routines – tweaking old habits and creating new ones
- Define problems
- Create goal statements
- Time for exploration
- Develop options and address obstacles
- Take action
- Mindset Model – Creating lasting change requires a shift in mindset. Dr. Bernadette found that there was a big gap between ‘knowing and doing’ and bridging this gap requires an internal shift.
Dr. Bernadette is redefining what it means to be healthy along with a handpicked group of world-class experts in medicine, nutrition, weight loss, fitness, sleep, and stress. She provides a blueprint for behavior change with actionable programs and her 360° approach to health, healing and happiness.
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