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The Rush University Prevention Center currently offers programs for heart disease, diabetes risk assessment and stress management.

·         For more information about the Prevention Center or to make an appointment, please call (312) 942-3133.


The Rush University Prevention Center programs are a resource for people who:
Seek to improve their overall health
Want to lose weight, improve waistline
Are interested in lifestyle changes to reduce medication therapy
Seek to prevent diabetes, heart disease and stroke
Have conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension, high cholesterol, arthritis.
Want to prepare for their elective orthopedic surgery (improve diabetes control, reduce weight, improve blood pressure, avoid weight gain after surgery)
Want to incorporate lifestyle changes treating hormone disorders (polycystic ovary syndrome, erectile dysfunction, thyroid problems, diabetes, etc.)
Seek to prepare for healthy pregnancy
Desire to improve vitality, productivity, potency and sleep


Medical Consultation and Therapy
Work with Prevention Center physician specialists to establish the treatment goals, optimize medication therapy to achieve weight loss and cardiometabolic targets, determine and treat medical conditions that may contribute to weight gain, abnormal lipids, diabetes/prediabetes, heart disease, allergies and asthma.


Consult with Rasa Kazlauskaite, MD, about hormone disorders. Our physician specialists will provide diagnosis and treatment for hormone and metabolic conditions, such as thyroid disease, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, adrenal gland and pituitary conditions. Kazlauskaite will help you to set  and achieve specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-sensitive targets in managing these conditions.
"The Rush Prevention Center has been a nationwide leader in the treatment of hypertension, providing care for the region's most difficult-to-treat hypertensive patients." -- Rush Physician. Physicians in the department see thousands of patients each year. These patients typically are at high risk for cardiovascular disease or have had difficulty controlling blood pressure, and are usually seeking a second or third opinion.The center offers special expertise in the care of patients with secondary hypertension -- that is, high blood pressure due to a specific cause, like a blocked renal artery or a tumor -- and people with diabetes and/or chronic kidney disease. Get advice from preventive cardiologists James Calvin, MD, or Phillip Liebson, MD, about the management of your hypertension, lipid conditions and heart disease.
Consult our allergy/asthma specialist Giselle Mosnaim, MD, about optimization of your allergy and asthma therapy to prevent weight gain.
Preparation for elective surgery: consult with a Prevention Center specialist to optimize diabetes control, lipids, hypertension, and improve weight to improve your health before surgery. Work with your coach to meake a post-surgical lifestyle adjustments.  
Behavioral Consultation and Therapy
1 to 1 Weight Loss Counseling: Work with a behavioral weight loss specialist  Bradley Appelhans, PhD, or Lisa Nackers, PhD, to develop a lifestyle that helps you reach your weight loss goal. Our philosophy recognizes that losing weight loss is not just about knowing what to eat and how to exercise, but also requires developing behavioral skills that enable you to sustain these healthy changes long-term.
Collaboration with 4myheart program: incorporate Prevention Center face-to-face behavioral counseling with your 4myheart program coach online/ via phone (please, ask the physician about 4myheart program).
Lifestyle Coaching Programs
BioBehavioral Lifestyle Program: Our 8-week comprehensive weight management program incorporates nutrition, physical activity and behavior change recommendations. Participants work one-on-one with a registered dietitian, clinical psychologist and medical doctor to learn how to make long-term sustainable lifestyle changes. The program also includes metabolism measurement, a pedometer, body fat testing, a lifestyle handbook and email support.
Nutrition Counseling: Our registered dietitian, Jennifer Ventrelle, will help you adapt your diet patterns to manage health conditions, prevent disease and improve your overall well-being. Specific services available include meal planning and menu development, metabolism testing to scientifically measure how many calories you need to achieve your weight goals, healthy cooking classes in our full service on-site kitchen and grocery store tours to help you navigate the grocery store, read food labels and make healthier choices for you and your family.
Workplace wellness program (Rush ELM): Our multidisciplinary team provides workplace wellness programs, incorporating eating well, living better, and moving more. The lunch or after-work sessions include group physical activity, cooking demonstrations, stress reduction sessions, learning to improve sleep and eating together.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program Conducted by Patricia Normand, MD
 Learn how to manage stress in your daily life with our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, which teaches how to cope with stress and manage chronic medical problems and pain. To learn more, contact the Prevention Center at (312) 942-3133 or

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