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The MGH Healthy Lifestyle Program was founded in 2019 and currently includes over 50 MGH primary care physicians and nurse practitioners, health and wellness coaches, and dieticians. The Healthy Lifestyle Program offers MGH Primary Care patients Lifestyle Medicine Virtual Group Visits as well as health and wellness coaching (see below). The Program’s mission is to empower people to engage in healthy lifestyles by integrating clinical practice, education, research and community programs; the Program’s vision is to establish healthy lifestyle change as the standard of care for chronic disease prevention and treatment.

What Is Lifestyle Medicine?

"Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based approach to preventing, treating and even reversing diseases by replacing unhealthy behaviors with positive ones," according to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

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Lifestyle Medicine Virtual Group Visits (LMVGVs) 

The MGH Healthy Lifestyle Program is a national leader integrating Lifestyle Medicine Virtual Group Visits (LMVGVs) into primary care. LMVGVs allow multiple patients with a shared diagnosis, such as diabetes or obesity, to be in the same virtual room at the same time with a provider for 60-90 minutes. Providers can focus on motivating patients and sharing education on Lifestyle Medicine. During LMVGVs, providers also conduct individual check-ins with each patient. In addition, other team members, such as Health and Wellness Coaches, can provide patient support during an LMVGV (see below).

The MGH Healthy Lifestyle Program showcases an evidence-based LMVGV series on hypertension (i.e., high blood pressure), which decreases blood pressure and leads to a reduction in blood pressure medication for most patients. The Program also offers LMVGVs focused on brain care (i.e., dementia and stroke prevention), nutrition for health, diabetes, insomnia, and stress reduction.

If you receive primary care at MGH, and you are interested in participating in an LMVGV, please call 781-485-6400.

Calendar of Upcoming Lifestyle Medicine Virtual Group Visits (LMVGVs)

Below is a list of upcoming Lifestyle Medicine Virtual Group Visits (LMVGVs) that are available to patients receiving primary care at MGH. Please click on each individual calendar event for details and information for signing up.

Health and Wellness Coaching

Health and wellness coaching uses a client-centered approach wherein clients decide their goals, engage in self-discovery, and self-monitor behaviors to increase accountability. Health and Wellness Coaches meet clients exactly where they are on their lifestyle journey and support them in uncovering their desire to be well. The MGH Healthy Lifestyle Program offers participants in Lifestyle Medicine Virtual Group Visits (LMVGVs) complimentary one-on-one health and wellness coaching.

Free Virtual Exercise Classes

The Healthy Lifestyle Program is proud to partner with the MGH Revere Wellness Center to offer free virtual exercise classes to all patients at Mass General Brigham. Daily classes last 45-60 minutes and no equipment or prior experience is necessary. Mass General Brigham patients can call 781-485-6400 to learn more and register.

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Video Channels

Free Webinar Series: Healthy for the Holidays

Learn about the benefits of healthy lifestyle change to power you through the holiday season. All webinars are free and last 45 minutes. No registration required. The Zoom link for each of these webinars is: https://partners.zoom.us/j/87063233484

Webinar #1: Nutrition for Good Health
Sarah Matathia, MD (Primary Care Physician, Everett Family Care)

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Webinar #2: Reduce Holiday Stress
Jacob Mirsky, MD (Primary Care Physician, Revere Healthcare Center)

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Webinar #3: Goal-Setting for Sustainable Behavior Change
Katie Engels (Health and Wellness Coach, Beacon Hill Primary Care)

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Stoeckle Center Seminar (March 26, 2021)


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Our Team

Jacob Mirsky, MD, MA, DipABLM
Medical Director

Barbara Canada, MBA
Program Director

Anna Baggett
Project Manager

Nydia Febres
Program Coordinator

Anthony Montoya
Health and Wellness Coach and Virtual Group Visit Coordinator

Amy Sinclair
Health and Wellness Coach and Virtual Group Visit Coordinator

Jhoselyn Orellana
Patient Services Coordinator

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Health Systems Council Founding Member

Health Systems Council

We are proud to announce that we are a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Health Systems Council, a group dedicated to supporting the pioneering trend of implementing lifestyle medicine into some of the largest and most innovative health organizations in the U.S.

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