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.

The Science of Physical Activity Applied to Health and Well-Being.  Open Enrollment course at Harvard Extension School, Spring 2015.

Taught by Dr. Edward Phillips and Dr. Rachele Pojednic this course provides the knowledge and tools for healthcare professionals, including health and wellness coaches, to counsel patients on how to incorporate exercise and physical activity into daily routines.  Course registration is open until January 25th and there is an online option for distance learning.  Click here to learn more and register.


CME Credits Available!

Missed “Practicing Lifestyle Medicine: Tools for Healthy Change” in June 2014 and need CME credits? All sessions are available through myCME to review content and receive credits.  Learn more about lifestyle medicine and use what you learn with your patients and clients, as well as continue your professional growth.  Click here and visit myCME 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.

  • 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.


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.