Lifestyle medicine is a medical approach that uses evidence-based behavioral interventions to prevent, treat and manage chronic disease.

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) supports and codifies the core competencies of lifestyle medicine that guide practice, helping primary care providers understand how lifestyle impacts health. By integrating lifestyle factors into practice or health program design, care providers can more effectively coach patients about nutrition, physical activity, stress management, sleep, social support, and environmental exposures to help them make lasting improvements in their health and wellbeing.

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Continuing Education

ACPM jointly led a national consensus panel with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) that published a set of lifestyle medicine core competencies in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010. This course is avialable until January 31, 2022. 

These competencies form the foundation of the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies (LMCC) Program; a continuing medical education curriculum that provides a comprehensive introduction to the foundational principles of lifestyle medicine. Available through ACPM's learning platform, the coursework equips medical professionals with evidence-based principles that can be deployed in the clinical setting or integrated into health programs, as well as policies.

Lifestyle Medicine in Undergraduate Medical Education

ACPM has developed a strategic roadman for the integration of lifestyle medicine and preventive medicine core-competencies into the foundational curriculum of undergraduate medical education to better prepare future physicians to help their patients maintain wellbeing, reduce healthcare costs, and improve care quality.

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Included as part of the LMCC program, or as stand-alone elective courses, ACPM provides four modules dedicated to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) program. These help healthcare professionals educate women on the risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as the methods by which it may be prevented. 

Through our foundational curriculum and other lifestyle-related initiatives, ACPM continues to further the adoption of lifestyle medicine competencies into practice.

ACPM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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Board Certification

The American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM) offers lifestyle medicine certification. Certification as an ABLM diplomate distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in lifestyle medicine and signifies specialized knowledge and competency in four pillars:
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Rest
  • Social Connectivity
By earning your lifestyle medicine certification, you obtain the necessary credentials for designation as a lifestyle medicine specialist. The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program is accepted by the ABLM as fulfilling the online/non-live CME prerequisite for board certification.


ACPM seeks to support for Lifestyle Medicine across the healthcare practice as a core competency for preventive medicine physicians. Become a member, or consider donating to assist ACPM with the advancement of lifestyle and preventive medicine!

ACPM is also a leading advocate for a wide variety of other initiatives, including: Our team is happy to answer any questions regarding our initiatives, or to provide you with more information. Get in touch with us via email at or call (202) 466-2044.