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Lifestyle Medicine Initiative

Lifestyle medicine is a scientific approach to decreasing disease risk and illness burden by utilizing lifestyle interventions such as nutrition, physical activity, stress reduction, rest, smoking cessation, and avoidance of alcohol abuse. Lifestyle medicine is the recommended foundational approach to preventing and treating many chronic diseases.

ACPM believes lifestyle medicine is a core competency of preventive medicine and supports the continued exploration of the scientific basis, best practices, and need for education in lifestyle medicine. As the discipline continues to mature, ACPM and key stakeholders will play an important role in ensuring lifestyle medicine practices and programs are based on proven and effective methods of preventing and controlling disease.

Education / CME

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Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program

ACPM and our partner the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) are proud to offer the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program, a new comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum designed for physicians with an interest in learning the basic principles of lifestyle medicine. This online program—also applicable for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, health coaches, and other allied health professionals—is the first curriculum that comprehensively addresses the knowledge and skill gaps doctors themselves cited as major barriers to counseling patients about lifestyle interventions.

Program Overview

Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program

Why Recommend Lifestyle Medicine to Other Physicians

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WISEWOMAN Electives

The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program is also available for WISEWOMAN providers, thanks to a unique collaboration between ACPM and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The core components of lifestyle medicine will give clinicians practical skills that can be used to modify unhealthy behaviors that place woman (age 40-64) at high risk for hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

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Culinary Medicine Elective

The is 1.5 CME elective provides a food is medicine perspective with a focus on practical aspects of what patients face day-to-day when trying to make substantive lifestyle changes. The course encourages and promotes the personal adoption of culinary medicine so that providers are more likely to prescribe the methods to their patients, and incorporates techniques that are consistent with low income to moderate budgets, time constraints, and nutritional ideals as part of a high fiber, plant-based diet.

Competencies

In 2010, ACPM members Liana Lianov and Mark Johnson published an article in JAMA that recommended physician educators consider incorporating 15 specific lifestyle medicine core competencies into education and training programs, and encouraged medical specialty organizations to adopt and adapt them as appropriate. ACPM and ACLM endorse these competencies.

Core Competencies

To follow up their work, ACPM convened a working group to identify strategies for furthering the adoption of lifestyle medicine competencies into practice. The working group recommended pursuing efforts which:

  • Incorporate lifestyle medicine competencies into clinical practice;
  • Educate customers about lifestyle medicine solutions to drive demand;
  • Secure the support of public and private payers for reimbursement of lifestyle medicine services; and
  • Secure the support of employers for lifestyle medicine interventions in benefit design and incentives.

To promote these initiatives, the working group also identified three areas of focus: physician training and resources; physician certification and recognition; and influencing adoption and demand.

Board Certification

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The American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM) is now offering certification in lifestyle medicine. Certification as an ABLM diplomate distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in lifestyle medicine and signifies specialized knowledge and competency in four pillars of lifestyle medicine: nutrition, exercise, rest and social connectivity. Join the growing number of physicians who have become diplomates and register for an upcoming examination.

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News / Events

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New Video Module on Medicare DPP Covered Service
March 16, 2017

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) has partnered with the Florida Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to create a video module on the newly expanded Medicare Preventive Covered Service for the DPP. In the video, ACPM Associate Executive Director Dani Pere provides an overview of the Medicare rulemaking process, finalized Medicare DPP policies taking effect in 2018, and future rulemaking expectations. Continuing education credits for this and other modules on diabetes prevention will be made available by USF Health through August 2017.

Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum Equips Physicians to Counsel Patients and Improve Care Quality
Press Release - September 28, 2016

The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program is the first medical curriculum to comprehensively address the knowledge and skill gaps doctors cite as major barriers to counseling patients about lifestyle interventions. Participating physicians gain a foundation of knowledge in lifestyle medicine and learn new therapeutic tools to incorporate into practice that can help prevent, treat, and reverse lifestyle-related chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Resources

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Education Collaborative Resources

The Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative offers an array of evidence-based curricular resources for prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases throughout medical education. Their four-part webinar series focuses exclusively on developing and advancing leadership in lifestyle medicine curricular education.

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