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KETTERING — Dr. Edward Phillips, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical Center, and director of The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, will speak locally about how Lifestyle Medicine can help health care providers transform their practices to help patients adopt and sustain improved health behaviors.

Dr. Phillips is the featured speaker at Kettering Health Network’s Health & Wellness Symposium from 12-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the National Composite Center, 2000 Composite Drive in Kettering.

The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine was designed to reduce lifestyle-related death and disease in society through clinician-directed interventions with patients. Dr. Phillips will deliver the keynote address from 1-2 p.m.

The symposium also features Kimberly J. Smith, who will speak about how exercise is basically fun. Her talk will review the Joslin Exercise Basics course offered to diabetes patients. Since getting the patient to understand how they can make a huge difference in managing their diabetes by being physically active can be overwhelming, the Exercise Basics Class, facilitated by an exercise physiologist, teaches patients the benefits of safe (remembering your numbers to stay within) activity and exercise.

Kettering Health Network is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare system that improves quality of life through healthcare and education. The Network has eight hospitals: Grandview, Kettering, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Fort Hamilton, Kettering Behavioral Medicine and Soin, its newest hospital. Grandview, Southview and Kettering are ranked as U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospitals. Kettering is recognized as a 2014 Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospital, and a 2014 Truven Health Analytics 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital.

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