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Simple changes today can lead to a healthier tomorrow.

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Lifestyle Medicine at Highland Hospital

Highland Hospital’s Lifestyle Medicine program encourages and aids our patients to make simple changes in their everyday lives to improve their health.

Lifestyle Medicine is a primary therapy for the treatment and reversal of chronic disease by using:

  • A whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle. Learn how to provide your body with the building blocks for health through the decisions you make about what to eat.

  • Physical activity. Regular exercise decreases the risk of many chronic diseases, makes it easier to do daily activities, makes you stronger, and improves your mood.

  • Restorative sleep. A good night’s sleep promotes health and resilience.

  • Stress management. Learn how to cope with stresses to enable you to live a happier, healthier life.

  • Avoidance of risky substances. When you stop smoking, you will improve your breathing, and reduce your risk of heart disease, many cancers, and other serious chronic conditions. We will also talk with you about the impact that alcohol has on your chronic diseases.

  • Positive social connection. Maintaining strong connections can help address feeling down or anxious and can benefit your health and well-being.

Meet our Director

Photo of Susan Friedman, M.D., M.P.H.

Susan M. Friedman, MD, MPH

Highland geriatrician, internist, and University of Rochester Professor of Medicine, is the director of Highland Hospital’s Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Friedman is board certified in Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Friedman’s consultation services are available for outpatient appointments at the GAMA (Geriatrics and Medicine Associates) clinic and physicians can request that she consult on patients hospitalized at Highland Hospital.


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Our Location

Lifestyle Medicine
at Highland Hospital

990 South Ave
Rochester, NY 14620

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