Lifestyle medicine is a medical approach that uses evidence-based behavioral interventions to treat and manage chronic diseases related to lifestyle.

Guiding its practice are a set of core competencies that help primary care providers understand how lifestyle impacts health. By integrating lifestyle factors into their practice or health program design, care providers can more effectively coach patients about nutrition, physical activity, stress management, sleep, social support and environmental exposures.

Continuing Education

ACPM jointly led a national consensus panel with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine that published a set of lifestyle medicine core competencies in JAMA in 2010.

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 and interventions that can be employed in the clinical setting or integrated into health programs or policies.

Included as part of the LMCC program, or as stand-alone elective courses, are four modules dedicated to the CDC WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) program, which helps healthcare professionals educate women on the risk of heart attack and stroke, and 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.

The American College of Preventive Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Board Certification

The American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM) offers 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: nutrition, exercise, rest, and social connectivity.

The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program is accepted by the ABLM as fulfilling the online/non-live CME prerequisite for board certification.