Exercise for Medical Students.Today's standard medical school curriculum rarely includes education about exercise and physical activity.  Given the current epidemic of disease related to sedentary behavior, it is imperative to train future providers to understand the relationship between physical activity and health.  The USC School of Medicine Greenville, the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Joslin Diabetes Center, supported by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, are exploring the idea of making Lifestyle Medicine a formal part of medical school curricula. Click here to learn more about the Lifestyle Medicine in U.S. Medical Schools Initiative.

Active Lives: Transforming Ourselves and Our Patients

Register discounts available before September 13th/October 31st/November 30th! Course held December 5 – 6, 2014. Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, hosted by the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine. Register early as seats are limited. Click Here for current agenda and check back regularly as information is updated.

Missed  “Active Lives: Transforming Ourselves and Our Patients” course November 2013?

Not to worry.  All sessions are available on DVD so you can continue to learn and promote lifestyle medicine with patients and clients, as well as continue your professional growth.  Click here and visit Healthy Learning to start the journey.

News and Updates

  • 15 Minutes to Wellness. Listen to Dr. Edward Phillips and Dr. Michael Mantell discuss exercise is medicine and the role of physicians and other healthcare professionals. Click here.

  • Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine, open enrollment course at Harvard Extension School, Fall 2014.

Taught by Elizabeth, Frates, MD, this course provides the knowledge, skills, and tools for health and wellness coaches and related professionals to effectively and efficiently promote healthy lifestyle development/changes in their clients/patients.  Register today and share this resource with your colleagues. Thank you!

  • All Medical Students and Physicians Need Training in Nutrition and Physical Activity. Message of Bipartisan Policy Center and ACSM white paper released June 24, 2014. Read press release.

  • Lifestyle Medicine 2014, October 19 -22, 2014, San Diego, CA, hosted by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). Click Here for details.


We help clinicians get patients healthier.

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 primary care 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.

A professional non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization, the ILM is uniquely positioned
to ignite clinician involvement. The ILM offers concrete tools and training to healthcare professionals, conducts research to demonstrate efficacy of lifestyle interventions, and is creating a model for national adoption of Lifestyle Medicine. The ILM advocates for changes in our healthcare system by empowering clinicians to facilitate behavior change and stimulate a culture of health and wellness for their patients.