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2016 Annual International Conference Proceedings


Modifiable Lifestyle Factors: Innovative Movement and Restorative Strategies to Optimize Patient Outcomes

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Explore clinical topics related to movement, sleep, restoration, and fitness with the conference proceedings from IFM’s 2016 Annual International Conference.

Watch our highlights reel for a taste of the AIC video conference proceedings viewing experience.

Clinicians are well aware that lifestyle and other epigenetic factors are at the center of today’s most prevalent diseases. Yet despite the evidence supporting the importance of lifestyle interventions, less than half of patients report receiving clinical counseling on physical activity.1 Discussion of sleep and restoration habits are even less common.

The 2016 Annual International Conference Proceedings collect lectures on the tools and techniques you need to help patients make meaningful, lasting lifestyle changes in four critical lifestyle areas: sleep, fitness, movement, and restorative practices.

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding of the scope and health implications of inadequate movement and rest in the population at large today.
  • Translate current knowledge of the vital roles of sleep and circadian rhythms regulation to patients.
  • Classify common sleep dysfunctions and their causes.
  • Differentiate exercise for fitness from exercise as a medical treatment.
  • Identify when and how mindfulness based practices can complement and enhance clinical care.
  • Describe current research regarding exercise and common chronic diseases/conditions.
  • Design effective personalized treatment plans to optimize sleep and overall health from a broad set of Functional Medicine strategies.
  • Employ a coach approach when counseling patients about modifying lifestyle factors.


IFM’s 2016 Annual International Conference featured plenary and concurrent sessions. Plenary sessions are available as video-synced recordings. Concurrent sessions are available as slide-synced recordings. Please note that the 2016 Annual International Conference Proceedings Packages do not offer CME.

Plenary Sessions

Speaker Title Approx. Length
Mark Hyman, MD The Fundamental Nature of Movement and Rest 1 hour, 15 minutes
Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD Rest, Sleep and Circadian Rhythms: Exploring the Underlying Causes of Insomnia and Other Sleep Disturbances 45 minutes
Dan Tripps, PhD Exercise as Medicine: Health & Fitness Assessment, Exercise Prescription, Monitoring, and Motivating Lifestyle Change 45 minutes
Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN Biological Rhythms in Functional Medicine: The Clinical Translation of Clock Genes 45 minutes
Judson Brewer, MD, PhD Where Contemplation Meets Science 45 minutes
Mark Hyman, MD (Facilitator) Bringing Mindfulness to Your Functional Medicine Practice: A Conversation with James S. Gordon, MD 45 minutes
Steven A. Feyrer-Melk, PhD, M.Ed. Technology and the Functional Medicine Practitioner 1 hour
-- Linus Pauling Award Presentation 30 minutes
Elizabeth Frates, MD Creating Balance: Behavior Change 1 hour
Robert Luby, MD Conference Synthesis 30 minutes
Joan Borysenko, PhD The Soul in Health Care: Reimagine What's Possible 1 hour

Concurrent Sessions

Speaker Title Approx. Length
Henri Roca, MD, J. Vincent Roca, PhD, German Ghena Grinshpun, DO, and David Haase, MD Sleep Medicine Panel Discussion | Wounded in Action: The Challenges of Managing Sleep Disorders in Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), Trauma-Associated Sleep Disorders (TSD), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), and Pain 1 hour, 30 minutes
Richard Horowitz, MD Addressing Sleep Disorders, Endotoxicity, and Oxidative Stress through Therapeutic Exercise, Dietary Intervention, and Nutrition 1 hour, 30 minutes
Elizabeth Frates, MD Personalizing the Exercise Prescription for Common Chronic Conditions 1 hour, 30 minutes
Mark Coles Evaluating Fitness through Advanced Body Composition and Anthropometrics Assessment within the Functional Medicine Paradigm 1 hour, 30 minutes
Christopher Bump, DC, MS Optimal Breath, Optimal Physiological Balance 30 minutes
Dawn Motyka, MD, FAAFP Digital Devices and the Restoration of Parasympathetic Tone 30 minutes
Jill Carnahan, MD, ABFM How to Create a Powerful Online Presence while Maintaining Balance 30 minutes
David Brady, ND, DC Examining the Intersection of Sleep Dysfunction, Chronic Pain, Stress and Fatigue 1 hour, 30 minutes
Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders: Assessment and Treatment 1 hour, 30 minutes
Mark Coles, Roxanne Edrington, DC, and Gabrielle Lyon, DO Strength Training Panel Discussion | The Exercise Prescription: Building Lean Tissue and Muscle Mass through Targeted Nutrition and Effective Training at any Age or Stage of Life 1 hour, 30 minutes
Peter Wilhelmsson, ND Personalizing and Inspiring Movement, Activity, and Exercise for Your Patient 1 hour, 30 minutes
Kara Fitzgerald, MD A Methylation-Supportive Lifestyle: The Dance of Balance 30 minutes
Gillian Ehrlich, DNP, ARNP Ayurvedic Principles for Optimal Exercise and Sleep 30 minutes
Drew Christensen, MD Digital Devices in Group Visits with Lifestyle Educators 30 minutes
Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD, Jason Ong, PhD, Bryan Glick, DO, and Jose Colon, MD, MPH Sleep Devices Panel Discussion | The Emerging Era of Innovative Clinical Sleep Tools: Sleep, Wake, and Activity Monitoring Devices to Evaluate, Diagnose, Track, and Manage Patients 1 hour, 30 minutes
David Haase, MD Orchestrating an Electric Lullaby: Integrating QEEG Diagnostics and EEG-Guided Neurofeedback into a Functional Medicine Framework to Improve Sleep and Rest 1 hour, 30 minutes
Christine Bailey, MSc, PGCE, and Antony Haynes, BA (Hons), Dip ION Cooking for Sports Performance 1 hour, 30 minutes
Dan Tripps, PhD The Scientific Principles of Metabolic Training: Hands-on Workshop 1 hour, 30 minutes
Nancy Cotter, MD Group Visits with Movement Therapies for Chronic Pain and Sleep 30 minutes
Margaret Christensen, MD An Office-Based Studio Space for Healing Movement 30 minutes
Kara Parker, MD Resilience Group Visits with Restorative Movement Modalities 30 minutes
Jason Ong, PhD Mindfulness-Based Interventions for the Management of Insomnia and the Promotion of Restoration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Jose Colon, MD, MPH Bridging Sleep Medicine with Functional Medicine; Targeting Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Circadian Disorder, and REM Disorders with a Functional Approach 1 hour, 30 minutes
Elizabeth Frates, MD Sustaining Movement for a Lifetime: Capitalizing on Strengths, Support, and Surprises 1 hour, 30 minutes
Antony Haynes, BA (Hons), Dip ION Dietary and Supplemental Considerations to Prevent Sarcopenia and Improve Exercise Recovery 1 hour, 30 minutes
Pete Williams, M.Med.Sci Fitness Apps: Empowering Clinician and Patient for Better Health 30 minutes
Yousef Elyaman, MD Exercise Physiologists and Health Coaches for Movement Therapies 30 minutes
Jan Venter, MBChB, MFamMed ?Flow? and Optimal Human Performance 30 minutes
Henri Roca, MD, and J. Vincent Roca, PhD Using the Functional Medicine Model to Support the Recovery Process for Chronic Pain, PTSD, and Sleep Disturbances 1 hour, 30 minutes
Gabrielle Lyon, DO, and Ghena Grinshpun, DO Neuroscience of Sleep: Optimizing Cognitive Function through Pharmaceutical, Nutrient, and Herbal Treatment Options 1 hour, 30 minutes
Michael Fredericson, MD Addressing Core Strength 1 hour, 30 minutes
Bryan Glick, DO, Michelle Leary-Chang, ND (Candidate), David Musnick, MD, and Facilitator: Dan Tripps, PhD Exercise Device Panel Discussion | Innovative Devices, Apps, and Technology Solutions for Enhancing Physical Activity and Training Programs 1 hour, 30 minutes
David Musnick, MD The Impact of Sleep on Matrix Clinical Imbalances: Applying Practical Solutions to Complex Problems 1 hour, 30 minutes
Monique Class, MS, ARNP, Richard Horowitz, MD, Cathy Snapp, PhD, and Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD Mindfulness Panel Discussion | The Clinical Applications of Mindfulness-Based Principles and Patient-Oriented Activities 1 hour, 30 minutes
Mark J. Smith, PhD Incorporating High Intensity Interval Training Into the Exercise Prescription 1 hour, 30 minutes
Steven A. Feyrer-Melk, PhD, M.Ed. Finding the Right Technology to Fit your Practice 1 hour, 30 minutes

Additional Information

Audio & Video Package

PRICE: $595.00

What You Get

  • Video-synced recordings* of 8 plenary sessions
  • Slide-synced recordings** of 36 concurrent sessions
  • Audio recordings*** of all plenary and concurrent sessions
  • Presentation slides in PDF format

*Video-synced recordings show the presentation slide and the speaker simultaneously so you can see all the elements at once on your screen, almost as if you were attending the live presentation.
**Slide-synced recordings show presentation slides synced to the audio recording of the lecture.
***Audio recordings are not synced with presentation slides. They are ideal for listening on the go or during your morning commute.

Given the nature of downloadable digital items, refunds, or credits on any of these purchases are not allowed. 

Audio Package

PRICE: $198.00

What You Get

  • Audio recordings*** of 8 plenary sessions and 36 concurrent sessions
  • Presentation slides in PDF format

***Audio recordings are not synced with presentation slides. They are ideal for listening on the go or during your morning commute.

Given the nature of downloadable digital items, refunds, or credits on any of these purchases are not allowed.

Delivery & Expiration

  • Recordings are delivered electronically to your online account directly upon purchase.
  • Recordings are available to both stream and download for one full year from your date of purchase.

CME Reminder: Purchase of conference proceedings, without attendance in person, does not earn CME credits. These Proceedings are not eligible for CME.



Developing Optimal Sleep Prescriptions for Your Patients
Learn about the pathophysiology underlying sleep disorders, how to uncover the underlying causes of sleep dysfunction, and how to treat patients with sleep issues. Addressing sleep effectively in office visits can greatly improve outcomes for your patients with chronic diseases. Obtain new tools for assessing and treating sleep dysfunction, such as:

  • A sleep questionnaire to evaluate patients for referral or intervention
  • A sleep and restoration timeline
  • A sleep apnea questionnaire
  • Resources for wearable devices and technology to identify and track sleep patterns

Create Sustainable Restorative Practices
AIC 2016 shone the spotlight on daytime restorative processes like guided imagery, mindfulness activities, and meditation. Learn how to conduct a stress-reducing and mindfulness-based patient education class. Learn the skills and science behind restorative processes so that your patients—and you!—can reset stress-response behaviors.You’ll come away with newly created tools for addressing restoration with patients, including:

  • Materials to help in balancing life and reducing stress
  • The Sleep and Restoration Timeline
  • The Restoration Prescription
  • A Functional Medicine Gratitude Journal

Prescribing Personalized Exercise Programs
At AIC 2016, experts showed how to personalize effective exercise and fitness plans based on the latest research and behavior-change strategies. Conference speakers present research on the best exercise plans for patients with common conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and neurocognitive decline. Presenters also walked through how to customize and monitor exercise plans for any level of fitness, at any age, with any level of rehabilitation.

For example, FITT exercise prescriptions include these four key elements:

  • Cardio/aerobic
  • Strength/resistance
  • Flexibility/stretching
  • Balance

Help Patients Change Sedentary Lifestyles
AIC 2016 explored a range of techniques for meeting patients where they are and utilizing the therapeutic relationship to help them make meaningful changes in their daily activity levels. From assessing body composition with Mark Coles to reversing sarcopenia with Antony Haynes, BA(hons), Dip ION, these Proceedings highlights the ways in which consistent movement can improve patient outcomes, and how you can help your patients get there.

Technological Innovations

Finding the Right Technology for Both Patient and Practitioner
AIC 2016 presented the state-of-the-science technologies and tools for patient data tracking and shows you how to evaluate, customize, and implement data tracking and analysis with your patients. These Proceedings provide insight into tested practical solutions and shows you how to bridge the gap between discovering new technologies and the fluent use of these tools. Understanding how to use data and technology can provide new means to uncover the root causes of chronic illnesses, as well as reveal motivating factors for change.

Clinical Innovations

Exploring Innovations that Work in Clinical Practice
We know that lifestyle change offers enormous benefits for preventing and reversing chronic disease. AIC 2016 Proceedings deliver easy-to-use tools for working with patients. You’ll get insight into how practitioners and researchers use technology and patient data to streamline their practices, inform diagnostics and treatment, and measure outcomes. Learn what works, what doesn’t, and how you can develop your own tools for improving patient outcomes.

  1. Review an exercise and activity history and evaluate a patient’s willingness to engage in a prescribed fitness program.
  2. Be able to evaluate an individual’s level of fitness in the office and direct them to specific exercises appropriate for their current fitness level and ability.
  3. Perform exercise risk assessment and medically clear a patient for a physical activity program.
  4. Recommend specific exercises and activities to manage common clinical conditions.
  5. Perform a sleep and rest history and evaluate for appropriate referrals and/or interventions.
  6. Write a FITT exercise prescription (frequency, intensity, timing/duration, and type) specific to the patient’s presenting clinical imbalances.
  7. Create a fitness prescription that includes cardiovascular/aerobic, strength/resistance training, flexibility/stretching, and balance activities.
  8. Identify which of the seven clinical imbalances are impacted by sedentary lifestyle patterns or inadequate physical fitness levels in an individual so you can explain ‘why’ the patient needs exercise/movement and other prescribed interventions, and how to set goals and overcome obstacles.
  9. Utilize innovative exercise and movement tracking devices and technologies to improve fitness and movement, while enhancing patient motivation and supporting behavior change.
  10. Utilize innovative sleep tracking lifestyle devices and technologies to help identify sleep disruptions and improve sleep strategies.
  11. Write a sleep/restoration prescription that includes waking activities which enhance sleep quantity/quality, emphasizes the concept of “lifestyle rest,” and improves accountability.
  12. Be able to to incorporate and improve your own personal movement/exercise and sleep/rest management strategies.
  13. Conduct a stress-reducing and mindfulness-based patient education class.


  1. Berra K, Rippe, J, Manson JE. Making Physical Activity Counseling a Priority in Clinical Practice: The Time for Action Is Now. JAMA. 2015;314(24):2617–2618. doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.16244.

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