Oct. 16, 2013 -\u00a0Health expert, physician, scientist and "New York Times" best-selling author Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP,\u00a0partners with Promises Behavioral Health as its senior science advisor. Promises Behavioral Health welcomes\u00a0nutrition and fitness expert,\u00a0physician, scientist and "New York Times" best-selling author Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP,\u00a0as its senior science advisor. In this role, Dr.\u00a0Peeke\u00a0will\u00a0incorporate the cutting-edge new science associated with food, addiction and binge eating into\u00a0Elements\u2019\u00a0family of addiction and mental health treatment programs. Dr. Peeke\u00a0is board certified in internal medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians\u00a0and the\u00a0American College of Sports Medicine.\u00a0A rarity among physicians, she is a\u00a0Pew Foundation scholar in\u00a0nutrition and\u00a0metabolism, which she completed at the University of California at Davis. While a senior research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Peeke helped identify the relationship between chronic stress and excess fat inside the abdomen. \u00a0She\u00a0was also\u00a0the first senior research science fellow at the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine. Dr.\u00a0Peeke\u00a0is\u00a0the author of\u00a0the "New York Times" bestsellers "Fight Fat after Forty," "Body for Life," and "Fit to Live." Her newest "New York Times" bestseller is "The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food\u00a0Addiction," the first consumer book\u00a0describing the new science of food and addiction and detailing a holistic, integrative plan for lifelong recovery. Dr. Peeke is the recipient of many national awards from the fitness, spa and wellness industry. She is the author of numerous academic articles\u00a0including her work as senior editor of the women's health section of the new edition of the text Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Peeke serves as national spokesperson for the American\u00a0College of Sports Medicine's Exercise is Medicine global initiative. She has been recognized by the National Library of Medicine as one of America\u2019s leading physicians in\u00a0its\u00a0touring exhibition, The Changing Face of Medicine.\u00a0Dr. Peeke is WebMD's lifestyle expert\u00a0and the\u00a0chief medical correspondent for nutrition and fitness at Discovery Health TV. She\u00a0is also featured on the award-winning National Body Challenge series,\u00a0and is the host of the Could You Survive? series. A regular media commentator, Dr. Peeke is co-host of RadioMD's weekly HER Radio Show and is a TED conference speaker. \u201cI am very excited about partnering with Elements, a national network dedicated to evidence-based treatment and the highest level of professional training among its teams,\u201d\u00a0said Dr. Peeke. \u201cApplying new science to help individuals with addictions and mental health disorders\u00a0is\u00a0a natural extension of the work I\u2019ve done with food, addiction and binge eating for the past 20 years.\u201d At each of Elements\u2019\u00a0residential addiction treatment programs nationwide, Dr. Peeke will help develop\u00a0integrative\u00a0mind-body\u00a0and\u00a0nutrition\u00a0programs using her trademark mind-mouth-muscle template. These programs will address the interrelationship between binge eating and food addiction as well as the potential for addiction transfer (e.g., switching from addictive drugs to addictive foods), using a\u00a0science-based approach.\u00a0Dr. Peeke will address\u00a0the common\u00a0challenges of early recovery, such as\u00a0weight gain, and help clients develop healthy,\u00a0sustainable lifestyle habits that\u00a0support lifelong recovery. \u201cAn integrative approach is critical to achieve optimal wellness,\u201d explained Dr. Peeke. \u201cScience shows that by optimizing mental function, nutritional status and physical activity, individuals are better able to repair the damage caused by addiction, both in the brain\u2019s reward center as well as the prefrontal cortex, which houses executive function.\u201d Dr. Peeke will work directly with the chefs, dietitians and other nutrition professionals to optimize client nutrition. \u201cThe majority of people who come to residential addiction treatment are malnourished. Regardless of how much they weigh, during active addiction nutrition generally gets neglected,\u201d said Dr. Peeke. \u201cSome\u00a0of our goals\u00a0are\u00a0to help people in recovery establish an optimal nutritional status and teach them how to sustain it for life.\u201d \u201cNutrition and physical activity are critical in every stage of addiction recovery, from\u00a0restoring physical health following detox to\u00a0preventing cross addiction in early recovery to maintaining a healthy lifestyle as part of relapse prevention planning,\u201d\u00a0said Dr. David Sack, CEO of Promises Behavioral Health. \u201cWith Dr. Peeke guiding our nutrition and wellness programming, our clients will be equipped with even more of the skills they need to not only live drug-free but to live well.\u201d About Promises Behavioral Health Promises Behavioral Health\u00a0is\u00a0a family of behavioral health care programs that\u00a0includes Promises Treatment Centers,\u00a0The Ranch,\u00a0The Sexual Recovery Institute, The Recovery Place, Spirit Lodge and Right Step. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system.\u00a0For more information about Promises Behavioral Health, visit\u00a0elementsbh4.wpengine.com.