Our mission is to reduce lifestyle-related death and disease in society through clinician-directed interventions with patients.

The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) is at the forefront of a broad-based collaborative effort to transform the practice of medicine through lifestyle medicine. This critical transformation is motivated by research indicating that modifiable behaviors — especially physical inactivity and unhealthy eating — are major drivers of death, disease, and healthcare costs. While the medical profession is generally aware of this, there has yet to be a systematic and comprehensive effort to incorporate lifestyle medicine into standard practice. We accomplish this by providing professional education focusing on knowledge, skills, tools, and clinician self care and by creating resources for patients.


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Upcoming Courses/Events

Active Lives: Transforming Our Patients and Ourselves! Registration open! Click here December 4-5, 2015. HMS CME course. Optional workshop "Lifestyle Medicine for Children and Adolescents" December 3rd!

Harvard Special Reports Available Through ILM

Get resources for yourself or your patients and clients from Harvard Medical School and learn more about setting and reaching fitness goals! Click here to order.


In the News

  • Stop Exercising to Lose Weight. Dr. Rachele Pojednic discusses what would happen if we just started to move and enjoy physical activity--reaping the benefits as we do so.  HUFFPOST, August 3, 2015.
  • Gain Confidence in the Kitchen with Chef Coaching from Joslin.  Eating well is a crucial part of living a healthy lifestyle. One way to eat well is to cook at home, but many people lack the confidence to create their meals from scratch. Dr. Rani Polak discusses the new Chef Coaching program. The Joslin Blog, July 28, 2015.
  • Harvard Extension School Fall Term 2015 Courses with Online Options Available: PSYC E1037 Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine. Faculty Elizabeth Frates, MD. Register Today! AND NUTR E-105 Food and Nutrition in Health and Wellbeing. Faculty Rachele Pojednic, PhD. Register Today!  
  • NEW! Certification of Completion in Chef Coaching. Click here to learn more.
  • NEW!  ILM Chef Coaching Program. Click here to learn more and register.
  • Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd). Learn more about this new initiative and join the conversation.
  • Medical Education Online: Including Lifestyle Medicine in Undergraduate Medical Curricula. Read and share with colleagues.