A society of health professionals
united to reverse chronic disease
Discover evidence-based education, practice resources and networking that support the therapeutic use of lifestyle change as the foundation of health and healthcare.
How One Physician Rediscovered Her Passion Through Lifestyle Medicine
How One Physician Rediscovered Her Passion Through Lifestyle Medicine Endocrinologist Dr. Mahima Gulati was dissatisfied and on the path to burn out until a discovery that transformed how she lived and practiced medicine. "I felt like I had been living under a rock....
What Every Lifestyle Medicine Provider Must Add to Their Root-Cause Focus
What Every Lifestyle Medicine Provider Must Add to Their Root-Cause FocusBy Columbus Batiste, MD, FACC, FSCAI "But knowing is not enough, we must apply what we learn into the development of lifestyle behavior change treatment plans." - Columbus Batiste, MD, FACC,...
HEAL Scholarship Helps Heal Communities One Physician at a Time
HEAL Scholarship Helps Heal Communities One Physician at a TimeBy Dr. Jamal Lawrence, MD, DipABLM "The HEAL scholarship was created to provide an avenue for BIPOC healthcare professionals to explore lifestyle medicine as a specialty and help diversify the lifestyle...
Health care professionals are faced with high levels of frustration when addressing chronic disease.
Lifestyle medicine can address up to 80% of chronic diseases. A lifestyle medicine approach to population care has the potential to arrest the decades-long rise in the prevalence of chronic conditions and their burdensome costs. Patient and provider satisfaction often results from a lifestyle medicine approach, which strongly aligns the field with the Quintuple Aim of better health outcomes, lower cost, improved patient satisfaction, improved provider well-being, and advancement of health equity, in addition to its alignment with planetary health. Lifestyle medicine is the foundation for a redesigned, value-based and equitable healthcare delivery system, leading to whole person health.
EXPLORE THE EVIDENCE
What is lifestyle medicine?
Lifestyle medicine is a medical specialty that uses therapeutic lifestyle interventions as a primary modality to treat chronic conditions including, but not limited to, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Lifestyle medicine certified clinicians are trained to apply evidence-based, whole-person, prescriptive lifestyle change to treat and, when used intensively, often reverse such conditions. Applying the six pillars of lifestyle medicine—a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connections—also provides effective prevention for these conditions.
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the medical professional society for physicians and other professionals dedicated to clinical and worksite practice of lifestyle medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system.
6 Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine:
Evidence supports the use of a whole food, plant-predominant diet to prevent, treat and reverse chronic illness.
Regular, consistent physical activity is an important part of overrall health and resiliancy.
Managing negative stress can lessen anxiety, depression and immune dysfunction and leads to improved well-being.
Improving sleep quality can improve attention span, mood, insulin resistance and can reduce hunger, sluggishness and more.
Positive social connections have beneficial affects on physical, mental and emotional health.
Avoidance of Risky Substances
Use of tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption have been shown to increase risk of chronic diseases and death.
Our members are health professionals who treat, reverse, and prevent chronic disease through lifestyle change.
Featured Continuing Education Offerings
We invite you to explore our ever-growing educational offerings, and the key events and conferences which keep our members at the cutting edge of lifestyle medicine and its clinical applications.
Remission of Type 2 Diabetes & Reversal of Insulin Resistance
Worldwide, Diabetes is a Leading Cause of Morbidity and Mortality
Yet, there is a safe, powerful and cost effective treatment and it's time every patient, and clinician knows
Physician and Health Professional Well-being
This course pairs a unique perspective on personal and organization wellness with a practical approach and useful supporting materials, that can build a well-being mindset and improve work life balance for yourself and others around you.
Articles as CME/CE/MOC - Free for members!
Annual Lifestyle Medicine Conference
Every Fall, ACLM hosts a premier conference delivering expert continuing education with a focus on lifestyle medicine - the therapeutic dose of proper nutrition, regular physical activity, social connection, restorative sleep, stress management, and avoidance of risky substances. The LM2022 conference theme of “Redesigning Healthcare Better” was a call to action to create a future where lifestyle medicine is offered as the first, affordable, and accessible therapy for non-communicable diseases.