F103 | Creating Health: Applying the Science
of Lifestyle Medicine


1:30 - 3:00 p.m.


9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14

Four Sessions 

In this 4-week series Dr. Pettus will provide a scientific, evidence-based overview of an integrative-holistic approach to the creation of health and the prevention and management of chronic complex diseases. These have reached epidemic proportions as we navigate complex 21st century living. Dr. Pettus will review the mechanisms that drive these processes and the profound potential for lifestyle and behavioral change to naturally alter their many manifestations.

Paradigm-shifting advances in the burgeoning life sciences of epigenetics, metabolic health, the human microbiome, and light science will be synthesized and translated into “news you can use” to transform your capacity for more effective self-care! Good health is so much more than absence of disease. It is the ability to optimally thrive in the environments we are in!

Visit The Health Edge, Dr. Pettus' webpage for more information.

 Learning Objectives:

  • The participant will understand the relationship between environment, lifestyle choices and gene expression in an overview of the field of epigenetics.
  • The participant will understand the central role of inflammation as a driver of chronic, complex diseases. Several accessible lifestyle strategies for reducing inflammation will be reviewed.
  • The participant will understand the concept of metabolic health as central to health span and longevity. Best evidence for restoration of metabolic health will be reviewed.
  • The participant will understand the importance of circadian entertainment as a driver of health and disease. The critical roles of light quality and meal timing as “synchronizers” of circadian rhythm will be reviewed.

Dr. Mark Pettus is a triple-board certified Internist, Nephrologist, and Integrative Medicine physician practicing for over 30 years. He received his A.B. from Boston University and his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His postdoctoral training was at Harvard Medical School. He completed his renal fellowship at The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Pettus is also an alumnus of The Advanced Program for Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, and Mediation at The Harvard School of Public Health. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for The National Wellness Institute. Dr. Pettus is former Director of Wellness, Population Health and Community Care at Berkshire Health Systems in western Massachusetts. Dr. Pettus is former Director of Medical Education at Berkshire Health Systems, and he previously served as The Associate Dean of Medical Education at The University of Massachusetts Medical School. His current faculty position is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is the author of two books, The Savvy Patient: The Ultimate Advocate For Quality Health Care and It’s All in Your Head: Change Your Mind, Change Your Health. He serves on the teaching faculty at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in D.C. and The Meditation Institute in Averill Park NY.

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