• Dr. Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease; An Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (ICR)

    Dr. Dean Ornish

    When you make big changes, you get big benefits. And you feel so much better, so quickly, that – for many people – those choices are worth making. Not only to live longer, but live better.” Dean Ornish, M.D

Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

The Leader in Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation

Welcome to Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ – the first and only program that is scientifically proven to reverse the progression of heart disease.

Healthways and Dr. Ornish joined forces in 2012 to launch this life-changing program, and since that time, it has spread across the country and begun to revolutionize the way that Americans treat heart disease. Today, the program is reimbursed by Medicare and many other commercial payers, offered in more than 14 states, and delivered with a turnkey process that is optimized by years of operating knowledge. Most importantly, since 2014 alone, it has helped thousands of people from across the country take their lives back.

The Impact for Providers and Patients

Ornish Lifestyle Medicine creates value by transforming the lives of patients and by generating clinical and financial outcomes for our partners. Specifically, the impact of our program is built upon the following four promises:  


The Experience

How does the program work? In short, it works by helping participants optimize four important areas of their lives: what they eat; how they respond to stress; how active they are; and how much love & support they have in their lives.

Participants make these lifestyle changes within small and consistent groups of people (called cohorts) who understand each other’s health struggles and share each other’s goals for the future. These cohorts are led by unchanging teams of expert clinicians, who—over the course of 18 four-hour sessions—guide participants through comprehensive lifestyle changes and help them reverse the progression of their heart disease. 

The Opportunity

With the growing consumer demand for lifestyle medicine and the industry’s shift towards a value-based model, there has never been a better time to partner with Ornish Lifestyle Medicine. We hope that you’ll join us on the forefront of the healthcare movement.

Let’s work together to create a healthier world, one person at a time. 

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Lifestyle Medicine Works

Transformative PowerProven clinical results lie at the very heart of our program; Dr. Ornish has always understood this, so—over the past 35 years—he has published countless peer-reviewed studies which scientifically prove the transformational impact that our program has on its participants.

Anybody Can Do It

Ornish Testimonial - KevinParticipants adhere to our program at far higher rates (91%) than they do other traditional methods. That’s because they receive unwavering support from peers and clinicians, and because they feel so much better, so quickly, that they can’t imagine returning to their old lifestyles.

Better Health at Lower Costs

Transformative PowerThe program creates financial value by reducing readmissions, generating revenue, and positioning our partners as leaders in the shift towards value-based patient care. Furthermore, healthier and better-managed patients cost less over time – and that is particularly true of our graduates.

Market Leadership

Transformative PowerThe program is the clear leader in the ICR market because 1) it is the only program that is scientifically proven to reverse the progression of heart disease, and 2) the partnership between Dr. Ornish and Healthways provides unparalleled clinical expertise and operational excellence.