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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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Culinary Medicine Elective

This elective introduces health care providers to culinary medicine, the practice of helping patients use nutrition and good cooking habits to restore and maintain health. The emphasis is on provider education and how to personally adopt the self-care practices to improve your ability to counsel and empower patients to make and sustain healthier food choices through shopping and meal preparation. Also provided are instructional and recipe demonstration videos featuring simple cooking tips and easy-to-prepare, delicious meals and snacks.

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Reducing CVD Risk & Health Disparities

This elective is comprised of four modules that focus on reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors—such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, obesity, inactivity, diabetes, and smoking—among women identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WISEWOMAN program for being at high risk. The modules include evidence- and practice-based content created by expert faculty in cardiology, primary care, and family and lifestyle medicine. The elective includes four modules and is available for WISEWOMAN providers.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

This elective offers an introduction to medical nutrition therapy with a lifestyle medicine approach. Medical nutrition therapy is defined, along with descriptions of plant-based approaches to be used as part of prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. The participants will also learn basic constructs of a variety of specific topics, such as calcium and B12, in addition to broader treatment prescriptions and behavioral approaches. Case studies will reinforce these introductory lessons.

News / Events

Lifestyle Medicine Newsletter

Each month we provide subscribers with the latest lifestyle medicine news and opportunities. Subscribe to stay current with this growing field. You can also email Dani Pere to include your lifestyle medicine news, research, stories and opportunities in an upcoming issue.

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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.

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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Resources

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American College of Lifestyle Medicine

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine is the professional medical association for physicians, medical professionals, allied health professionals and those with professional careers devoted to advancing the mission of lifestyle medicine.

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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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