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.


Learn about ILM events, new courses, & resources!

Sign up to receive ILM's bi-monthly newsletter The Lifestyle Medicine Landscape, as well as announcements about upcoming ILM events, new courses, and helpful resources! There is also an option to sign up for announcements regarding culinary medicine classes and opportunities. Sign up on one or both email lists!

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Upcoming Courses/Events

  • Register Today! Active Lives: Transforming Our Patients and Ourselves, December 9 - 10, 2016 and the pre-conference course Lifestyle Medicine for Children and Adolescents December 8th! Click here for more information and to register. The ILM courses fill quickly so early registration is encouraged. EARLY BIRD DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 16TH!
  • Professional Chef Coaching: Training for Health Coaches. Learn more about culinary medicine and register for 2016 classes including the Active Lives 2016 pre-conference course on December 8th. Click here for information.
  • The Magic Pill, Your Daily Dose of Get-Up-And-Go! Join co-hosts Dr. Eddie Phillips of Harvard Medical School and CommonHealth’s Carey Goldberg for some get up and go inspiration! The Magic Pill is a 21-day challenge, uplifting you every day for three weeks with compelling stories, fascinating facts and gotta-move music — all in a “micro-podcast” of under 10 minutes. Click here for the podcast pilot, to learn more, and to register.
  • Twelve Steps to Optimal Wellness. Need a resource for survivors of stroke and brain injury, and their caregivers? To learn more about a wellness program for your patients and clients, contact: SRHStrokeInstitute@partners.org or 617.952.6149. Twelve Steps to Optimal Wellness is presented by Dr. Beth Frates, rehabilitation physician and wellness coach. This program is provided by the Spaulding Stroke Institute at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Would you like information on becoming a Supporter or an Exhibitor at ILM events? If so, contact ILMLifestyleMedicine@gmail.com

Harvard Special Reports Available Through ILM

Get Healthy, Get a Dog! Order today. 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. Read what Dogster and Dr. Beth Frates have to say about the many ways having a dog makes us healthy!


In the News

  • Opinion: Dear Hillary and Donald, You'd Be a Better President If You Got More Exercise. Commonhealth. September  2016. Dr. Edward Phillips scripts a fantasy speech for a candidate who aims to inspire a nation to move more.   
  • Organize Your Emotions. Optimize Your Life.  September 2016.  "In ORGANIZE YOUR EMOTIONS, OPTIMIZE YOUR LIFE, the authors, Margaret Moore, Edward Phillips, and John Hanc explain how nine different parts of your psyche work together. These emotions, or inner "family members," can either be well-balanced and work smoothly together, or they can be unbalanced, leading to lots of stress and unhappiness."  
  • Testimonial for Institute of Lifestyle Medicine Culinary Coaching program/certification: "I want to thank you for introducing the certification process for working as a culinary coach.....the lessons learned in this program provide valuable skills that everyone should have in their healthy eating plan." Read the full Testimonial.
  • Can America's Doctors Lead Us to Better Health? Medical Economics, April 2016. "It’s no longer enough to treat disease and keep symptoms at bay. Our doctors need to lead us to better health," writes Dr. Edward Phillips and Helen Durkin. 
  • A Parallel Curriculum In Lifestyle Medicine. The Clinical Teacher, December 2015. There is a lack of structured training in medical schools surrounding the components of lifestyle medicine. Since 2009 Harvard Medical School has addressed the absence in the curriculum by developing a student-led, faculty member-advised, parallel curriculum in lifestyle medicine.
  • Doctor's Orders: Prescribe Exercise to Patients, Make Physical Activity a Vital Sign. CommonHealth, December 2015. Dr. Phillips, Director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, provides his thoughts in this timely and important article. "Clinician’s exercise prescription is an easily learned, readily applied and highly potent intervention...."
  • Lifestyle Medicine Education. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, September 2015. A current review written by Rani Polak, MD, MBA, Rachele M. Pojednic, PhD, EdM, MS, and Edward M. Phillips, MD, summarizing the existing literature on Lifestyle Medicine Education (LMEd).
  • 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.
  • Certification of Completion in Chef Coaching. Click here to learn more.
  • 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.