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Dr. Peña Becomes a Diplomate in Lifestyle Medicine

WINTER, 2017, CHESTERFIELD, MISSOURI.  Dr. Peña has joined the inaugural class of professional diplomates of  The American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine, the world's leading professional organizations promoting lifestyle changes to prevent disease.

After many years of visionary diligence by the founding members of the College, the first professional standard in the practice of lifestyle medicine has been set in the form of this diplomate and board certification.

The main purpose of this new qualification is to distinguish professionals highly trained in evidence-based lifestyle modification to treat and prevent chronic disease.  This distinction should protect the public from other practitioners who may be operating under the label of 'lifestyle medicine' without necessarily upholding all of its principles.  This is a particular concern because the term is not currently protected under the law.

Dr. Peña Addresses The American College of Lifestyle Medicine
at its Annual International Conference in Arizona

FALL, 2017, TUCSON, ARIZONA.  Dr. Peña was, for the second year in a row, kindly invited by The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) to address the attending 850+ physicians, researchers, and other healthcare professionals, at the College's annual international Lifestyle Medicine conference.  Among the speakers were the former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Richard H. Carmona, Whole Foods CEO Mr. John Mackey, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Scott Stoll, Dr. Neal Bernard, and many, many others.

The event, called 'LM2017,' has been rapidly growing in recent years, going from 500+ to 800+ attendees in the past year alone.  This incredible growth reflects the unstoppable momentum of the Lifestyle Medicine movement that emphasizes the prevention of chronic disease at the level of the individual by making the right lifestyle choices.

The current healthcare model of treating the consequences of decades of poor lifestyle choices with medications and drastic surgical measures that are tremendously costly is not only financially unsustainable but also incredibly expensive in terms of loss of productivity, loss of years of life, as well as immeasurably expensive in  human suffering to each patient and their loved ones.

The Lone Star Lifestyle Medicine Think Tank
Is A Complete Success

SUMMER, 2017, COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS.   The inaugural meeting of the new Lone Star Lifestyle Medicine Think Tank took place July 14-15. The trail blazing event was hosted by Associate Professor Mark Faries, PhD and his welcoming staff at the AgriLife Extension Department of Texas A&M University.

Dr. Faries is an expert in lifestyle medicine with particular interests in self-regulation in exercise as well as in diet & weight control behaviors.  Dr. Faries very kindly invited Dr. Victor Peña to join the 20-member think tank in order to "bring together key leaders from across the state of Texas to discuss current and future challenges and solutions in Lifestyle Medicine."

Texas has a population of nearly 28 million people, with a current adult obesity rate of 32.4%, (2015) up from 10% 25 years ago.  Texas ranks 10th in the nation in obesity, according to TheStateofObesity.org.

The Lone Star Lifestyle Medicine Think Tank was highly productive is addressing some of the most pressing health challenges facing the state of Texas and a list of specific initiatives were identified and concrete milestones defined in order to lead to measurable results in the health and wellness of the state's population.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Invites Dr. Peña to Speak For The Second Year Running

SUMMER, 2017, TUCSON, ARIZONA.  The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) has, for the second year running, kindly invited Dr. Peña to address the 750+ physicians, researchers, and other healthcare professionals, at the annual Lifestyle Medicine conference.  This year the conference will take place in Tucson, Arizona.

More than 80% of the money spent on healthcare in the United States goes to the treatment of chronic conditions caused by, or exacerbated by, the lifestyle choices we make every day.  This is why it is crucial that we aggressively advocate for solutions that effectively treat and prevent the root causes of the diseases that cause so much unnecessary suffering and loss in productivity in our society.  We'll be updating this post as the Conference approaches.

Precision Nutrition To Feature Dr. Peña's Story

SPRING, 2017, TORONTO, CANADA.  Dr. Peña, a Precision Nutrition Level 1-certified Coach,  was selected and flown to Toronto by the fine folks at Precision Nutrition to join them for a 2-hour in-depth interview to share with them his own journey from a promising surgical career in Europe to the establishment of his boutique health coaching venture in Austin Texas.

In a frank, fun, and lively conversation (read: unscripted and unpaid), Krista Scott-Dixon, PhD, PN's Program Developer & Coaching Coordinator, delved into various aspects of Victor's surgical background, his experiences, motivations, and aspirations, as well as into his hopes for health and wellness in the 21st century.  He then had the pleasure of dining with PN's legendary founder, John Berardi, PhD, and the other wonderful participants of this extraordinary testimonial project.  READ MORE...

NutritionFacts.org Takes On Dr. Peña As Moderator

WINTER, 2016, AUSTIN, TEXAS.  Dr. Peña  is thrilled to be joining Dr. Michael Greger and his dedicated team of volunteers at NutritionFacts.org, a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos.  Dr. Peña will be a Volunteer Moderator across the many platforms that NutritionFacts is present in, including its main website, its official Facebook page, and on YouTube.

Dr. Peña Addresses The American College of Lifestyle Medicine at Its Annual International Conference in Florida

FALL, 2016, NAPLES, FLORIDA.  Dr. Peña was recently honored by an invitation to speak at the annual international conference of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the nation’s medical professional society dedicated to identifying and eradicating the cause of disease.

He was humbled and inspired by the wonderful reception his one-hour presentation received from the 400+ audience of accomplished medical professionals.  Dr. Peña had a chance to meet and exchange ideas with many leading experts and major influencers in the areas of nutrition, preventative health care and even planetary health.  Among them were Dr. Michael Greger of the phenomenal non-profit NutritionFacts.org, Stanford University's Christopher Gardner, PhD, ACLM's out-going President Dr. David Katz, and the remarkable surgeon Dr. Garth Davis.  READ MORE...

The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland features Dr. Peña 
in its alumni magazine, 'Lasting Impressions.'

SPRING 2016, DUBLIN, IRELAND.  Dr. Peña and his innovative health coaching, have been featured on the alumni magazine of his medical alma mater, The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland.

Prior to the College's founding in 1784, Irish surgeons were grouped barbers and had no formal place to meet at.  This institution has a storied lineage.  It was directly influenced by the French surgical standards of the 17th century and the demand for skilled surgeons as a result of the Napoleonic wars, it obtained a Charter from Queen Victoria, and played a historical role in the independence of the Republic of Ireland during the Easter Rising of 1916.

Dr. Peña is a proud graduate of the College of Surgeons where he developed life-long friendships with classmates from around the world who have gone on to establish successful careers in their respective areas of specialization.  READ MORE...

Dr. Peña becomes a regular pro-bono guest on international
radio to discuss health & wellness topics.

APRIL, 2015.  AUSTIN, TEXAS.  Dr.  Peña is thrilled to join Alejandra Frias on her one-hour-long format, Spanish language radio show "Desde El Alma" on Radio Mujer Internacional, 95.1 FM, broadcasted from Austin, Texas.

This is an extraordinary, non-profit opportunity for Dr. Peña to reach out to the Latin American community in the United States and abroad and bring to them practical, science-based health and wellness solutions that can save and transform lives.

The program has a long interview format during which Alejandra and Dr. Peña explore in-depth a health topic and conclude with practical, actionable recommendations to enhance one's health.  READ MORE...

'Balancing Your Lifestyle' - Dr. Peña reaches out to
healthcare professionals who may not be walking the talk.

FALL, 2014.  ONLINE.  As part of Dr. Peña's outreach to promote health and wellness wherever he can, he accepted an invitation by HospitalRecruiting.com to guest blog a three-part series on lifestyle balance for busy healthcare professionals.  However the advice applies to many other kinds of people.

Healthcare professionals are a particularly difficult demographic to reach when it comes to caring for themselves for several reasons:  1) They are well informed and this gives them a false sense that they don't need to address the issues they are already aware of.  2) They are usually very busy and experience stress driven by the fact that making a mistake at work could have serious, if not deadly consequences.  3) They are usually dedicated and selfless, sometimes to the point of having a tendency to run themselves into the ground with work.   READ MORE..

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