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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.

Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and our partner the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) are proud to introduce 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. (JAMA, July 14, 2010; Vol 304, No. 2) Knowledge and skills in lifestyle medicine will become even more crucial as our healthcare systems continues to transform towards value-based care with an emphasis on rewarding clinicians for keeping patients healthy and for coordination of care.

The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies online program consists of two parts. The first part covers the fifteen core competencies of lifestyle medicine endorsed by ACPM. The second part provides an in-depth study of the competencies, guidance on how to employ them in a lifestyle medicine-oriented practice, and approaches to facilitating behavior change interventions related to diet and nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress, smoking cessation, and alcohol use.

Program Overview

Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program
Why Recommend Lifestyle Medicine to Other Physicians

Program Overview



The 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.

Program for WISEWOMAN Providers

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Recommended Competencies & Initiatives

In 2010, ACPM members Liana Lianov and Mark Johnson published an article in JAMA titled, “Physician Competencies for Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine,” JAMA, 2010;304(2):202-203. The prescribed competencies for primary care physicians outlined in this article are endorsed by ACPM and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. The authors recommended that physician educators consider incorporating the suggested competencies into education and training programs, and encouraged medical specialty organizations to adopt and adapt them as appropriate.

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: 1) incorporate lifestyle medicine competencies into clinical practice; 2) educate customers about lifestyle medicine solutions to drive demand; 3) secure the support of public and private payers for reimbursement of lifestyle medicine services; and 4) 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.

In a recent policy paper published concurrently in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings and the European Heart Journal, the ACPM, the American Heart Association, and the European Society of Cardiology/European Association of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation urgently called for action by a full spectrum of stakeholders on Lifestyle Medicine. The policy statement, “Healthy Lifestyle Interventions to Combat Noncommunicable Diseases—A Novel Nonhierarchical Connectivity Model for Key Stakeholders,” promotes the formation of collaborative and creative initiatives to influence the adoption of healthy lifestyles and provides examples and guidance for possible projects for a range of stakeholders. The policy paper presented a model for a comprehensive approach to healthy lifestyle education and interventions. The ACPM writing group included of George Guthrie, Center for Family Medicine at Florida Hospital, Liana Lianov, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Dexter Shurney, Cummins Inc.

Research & Articles

AJPM Commentary Article on the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program
January 18, 2017

A commentary published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine describes the utility and importance of the recently-released Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program, a first-of-its-kind curriculum that teaches physicians how to incorporate lifestyle medicine into practice and establishes a new standard for primary care focused on disease prevention, health promotion, and care coordination.



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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.

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Beverage Makers Support Health Organizations and Lobby Against Public Health Legislation
October 13, 2016

A study by Daniel Aaron and Michael Siegel published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine investigates the nature, extent, and implications of soda company sponsorship of U.S. health and medical organizations, as well as corporate lobbying expenditures on soda- or nutrition-related public health legislation from 2011 to 2015. Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo were found to sponsor a total of 96 national health organizations and lobbied against 29 public health bills intended to reduce soda consumption or improve nutrition. The full paper is available online as well as an article from The New York Times providing context for their research and the funding practices exposed.

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.

ACPM Joins Total Worker Health Program

ACPM is an affiliate partner of the CDC's Total Worker Health program, administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This affiliation will allow ACPM to broaden it's Lifestyle Medicine Initiative and offer more opportunities for members to engage with the Total Worker Health program in the advancement of worker safety, health, and well-being. Traditional occupational safety and health protection programs have primarily concentrated on ensuring that work and the workplace are safe from immediate harms. Total Worker Health builds on this approach by recognizing that work is a social determinant of health and that job-related factors such as wages, hours of work, workload and stress levels, interactions with coworkers, and access to leave and healthful workplaces all can have an important impact on the well-being of workers, their families, and their communities. The Total Worker Health Affiliate Program was developed to recognize academic, labor, not-for-profit, and public organizations that are advancing these types of integrated health approaches.

Related Resources

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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