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

  • 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!  
  • What Needs to Happen Now. Interview with Dr. Edward Phillips of the Harvard Medical School for #JFKChallenge documentary. Data linking physical fitness of kids to high test scores in math and science.
  • NEW! Certification of Completion in Chef Coaching. Click here to learn more.
  • Beans: Tools to Improve Health. Dr. Rani Polak, Chef and Coach, provides preparation tips and recipes. To your health! Vascular Medicine, angiologist.com. Read the article.
  • How to Exercise When You are Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Dr. Phillips says sustainable exercise habits are critical. U.S. News & World Report. Read more.
  • Even Interrupting Sitting Time May Improve Health in Type 2 Diabetes. Dr. Phillips provides compelling reasons to break up sitting time during the day. Reuters Health. Read 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.