We look forward to helping you with our specialized, therapeutic lifestyle program called FirstLine Therapy (FLT). It is very different from todayâ€™s common medical approach. The FLT program works to more clearly identify and overcome the cause of ill health, improve total body function naturally, and alter your body composition to provide lean body mass while reducing stored fat. It is powerful, effective, and rewards you with improved health and function that is long lasting! Therapeutic Lifestyle Choice Excess body fat, especially around your middle is directly related to health conditions like metabolic syndrome (syndrome X), high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, dyslipidemia, fatigue, GERD, and arthritis. Dietary and lifestyle changes are key to good health. Diet is a major factor in 80% of our country’s health problems. Our Nurse Practitioner is committed to working with patients to individualize their lifestyle plan. Various modifications in lifestyle can target specific health problems and eliminate the need for some medications. The TLC program is a lifestyle program that is committed to achieving the optimal carb-protein-fat percentages, thus stabilizing blood glucose levels and blood pressure. TLC also promotes physical activity. It is a personalized approach to safe, long-term weight management and a lifetime of better health. Why Therapeutic Lifestyle Choice? Our TLC program focuses on healing common, chronic health problems such as high cholesterol, insulin resistance, unhealthy body composition, and hypertension. BIA is measured regularly to ensure you are losing fat and not muscle. Our TLC program individualizes an eating plan to meet the personal needs of our patients. Our TLC program incorporates high quality medical foods and nutritional supplements to enhance the effectiveness and shorten the time it takes for you to achieve risk reduction goals. Our TLC program is monitored and supervised by a trained nurse practitioner for optimal accountability and progress tracking. Our TLC program is billable to insurance. Extensive scientific research demonstrates that many of these chronic diseases associated with aging can be prevented or even treated by adopting a healthy lifestyle: Heart disease Osteoporosis High blood pressure Diabetes Stroke Metabolic Syndrome (syndrome X) Osteoarthritis High Cholesterol Receive Maximum Benefit From Your Appointment Our consultation time with you is important. We analyze your personal and family health history, appropriate lab test results, current lifestyle and state of health, and clarify your health goals. We then guide you through a comprehensive, highly personalized, step-by-step program to achieve those goals. You can get maximum benefit from the time reserved for your consultation by being prepared. How To Prepare Please fill out any requested paperwork before coming to our office, or arrive 30 minutes early to complete it here. This information is vital in order to prescribe the best program for you. Prepare for your Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA Test) by adhering to the following guidelines: Do not eat 4 hours prior to testing. Do not drink caffeine 4 hours before your test. Do not exercise 8 hours prior to testing. Do not consume alcohol 24 hours prior to testing. Drink 2-4 glasses of water within two hours before your test (you may urinate as needed). Insure access to your right foot with removable footwear (no pantyhose). Please value the time reserved for you by being punctual so as to benefit fully from your consultation. 24 HOUR advanced notice of cancellation is essential. We have set aside 90 minutes for you during this time. Thank You. We look forward to helping you successfully achieve your personal health goals.