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FirstLine Therapy (FLT) is a specialized weight loss and therapeutic lifestyle change program unlike any other in that the FLT system targets the underlying causes of chronic illnesses by incorporating a sensible eating plan, exercise, nutritional supplementation, and stress management. In fact, the following key characteristics are unique to the FLT program:
FLT is not just a weight loss program
Most programs are focused on weight while FLT is best used as a first line treatment for common, chronic health problems (e.g., high cholesterol, insulin resistance, unhealthy body composition).
The FLT eating plan is different
Most programs are focused on low fat diets while FLT emphasizes the importance of a low-glycemic eating plan that is consistent with current research.
FLT incorporates medical foods and nutritional supplements
The appropriate use of medical foods and supplements enhances program effectiveness and shortens the time it takes for you to achieve risk reduction goals.
FLT has been demonstrated to be effective in human clinical studies
Most programs lack clinical evidence of effectiveness.
Getting Started—A Matter of Fat
In order to measure your progress, you first need to know your current health status. A variety of health assessments may be performed, including a quick, non-invasive measurement of your body fat and lean muscle mass. Excess body fat can greatly increase your health risks. But a higher ratio of muscle increases your metabolism and is associated with a lower incidence of illness. Improving your muscle-to-fat ratio is perhaps the most powerful tool in controlling the aging process and restoring vitality.
With a physician prescription, the program, or some of its component parts, may be reimbursable through your health insurance or Medical Savings Account/Flexible Spending Account. Patients report success in getting FLT covered by insurance, but be sure to call your insurance company for more information on what your plan will and will not cover. (***See more about insurance below.)
Your personal FirstLine Therapy program offers:
Reversing & delaying chronic illness can help you regain and maintain health. And that’s what FirstLine Therapy is all about.
Did you know:
FirstLine Therapy can help you regain and maintain your health. For more information on FLT or to register for the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask how you can start FirstLine Therapy today!
***FLT Insurance Coverage
Will the FLT Program be Covered or Reimbursed by my Insurance?
As with all of our health care services, this depends on the terms of your insurance policy.
For patients with a physician at the Marino Center:
For patients who do not have a physician at the Marino Center:
Flexible Spending Accounts:
Flexible Spending Accounts and Medical Savings Accounts are likely to cover the cost of the program including supplements, though every plan is different. Again, call them and ask. It is unlikely that your insurer will cover the cost of any recommended supplements.
If you have additional questions regarding insurance, please contact, Ashley Harrington, First Line Therapy program coordinator at email@example.com.