Promote healthy behaviors as foundational to medical care, disease prevention, and health promotion
Seek to practice healthy behaviors and create school, work, and home environments that support healthy behaviors
Demonstrate knowledge of the evidence that specific lifestyle changes can have a positive effect on patients’ health outcomes
Describe ways that physician engagement with patients and families can have a positive effect on patients’ health behaviors
Assess the social, psychological, and biological predispositions of patients’ behaviors and the resulting health outcomes
Assess patient and family readiness, willingness, and ability to make health behavior changes
Perform a history and physical examination specific to lifestyle-related health status, including lifestyle "vital signs” such as tobacco use, alcohol consumption, diet, physical activity, body mass index, stress level, sleep, and emotional well-being
Based on this assessment, obtain and interpret appropriate tests to screen, diagnose, and monitor lifestyle-related diseases
Use nationally recognized practice guidelines (such as those for hypertension and smoking cessation) to assist patients in self-managing their health behaviors and lifestyles
Establish effective relationships with patients and their families to effect and sustain behavioral change using evidence- based counseling methods and tools and follow-up
Collaborate with patients and their families to develop evidence-based, achievable, specific, written action plans such as lifestyle prescriptions
Help patients manage and sustain healthy lifestyle practices, and refer patients to other health care professionals as needed for lifestyle-related conditions
Use of Office and Community Support
Have the ability to practice as an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals and support a team approach
Develop and apply office systems and practices to support lifestyle medical care including decision support technology
Measure processes and outcomes to improve quality of lifestyle interventions in individuals and groups of patients
Use appropriate community referral resources that support the implementation of healthy lifestyles
Behavior Change Introduction Topics
Introduction on facilitating behavior change interventions in these and other lifestyle medicine areas which will be covered in-depth in the second part of the program
Advanced Training Curriculum
The second part of the program provides a more in-depth study of the competencies, how to employ a lifestyle medicine-oriented practice, and focuses on facilitating behavior change interventions in the following lifestyle medicine domains:
Diet and nutrition
The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program covers important content in today’s clinical practice of medicine, including key points on integrating evidence-based lifestyle medicine into patient counseling. In this curriculum, approved for 30 CME credit hours, you’ll learn in more depth on the following salient content areas.
What key nutrition interventions can support your diabetes management as a first-line therapy with medication?
Learn how a plant-based diet outperforms the American Diabetes Association Guidelines diet, with better reductions in A1c, body weight, and plasma lipids along with the proposed mechanisms.
How much risk for heart disease can we reduce with physical activity and what amount should we be recommending?
Learn how physical deconditioning is one of the first steps in the process of developing chronic disease and consider how this changes the requirement for activity prescriptions as a core preventive medicine intervention.
How are different affective disorders impacted by dim light and what are the consequences on melatonin suppression?
Discover the interactions between melatonin, alertness, thermoregulation and heart rate to different wavelengths of light and the sleep health recommendations to bring this system back into balance.
Emotional Well-Being & Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Are there distinct neural modes and brain areas for processing what is happening to us and can we transition from a "narrative-based" self to a "here and now" self?
Find out how incorporating mindfulness techniques can prevent burnout, enhance empathy, and lead to strengthened provider-patient relationships that improve treatment outcomes.