A society of medical professionals
united to reverse chronic disease

A Society of Medical Professionals United to Reverse Chronic Disease

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Discover evidence-based education, practice resources and a network of colleagues that support the therapeutic use of lifestyle change as the foundation of health care.

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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:

Nutrition Pillar


Evidence supports the use of a whole food, plant-predominant diet to prevent, treat and reverse chronic illness.

Physical Activity Pillar

Physical Activity

Regular, consistent physical activity is an important part of overall health and resiliency.

Stress Management Pillar

Stress Management

Managing negative stress can lessen anxiety, depression and immune dysfunction and leads to improved well-being.

Sleep Health Pillar

Restorative Sleep

Improving sleep quality can improve attention span, mood, insulin resistance and can reduce hunger, sluggishness and more.

Social Connection Pillar

Social Connection

Positive social connections have beneficial effects on physical, mental and emotional health.

Avoid Risky Substances Pillar

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.

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.

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Board Certification in Lifestyle Medicine


“My training and board certification in lifestyle medicine changed my life and practice, personally and professionally. Whole food plant centered eating, culinary medicine cooking classes and long-term coaching support are the key for patients to achieve success with sustained weight loss, longevity and feeling great! Passing the board certification exam legitimized my expertise in my professional world and created fabulous opportunities to expand my career. I am grateful to be a part of the lifestyle medicine family and the ACLM! Go for it!” ~  OB-Gyn, DO, DipABLM – Georgia, USA.

Featured Continuing Education Offerings

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Type 2 Diabetes Remission Certificate Course

Worldwide, type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Yet, there is a safe, powerful and cost effective treatment that can change the course of the disease for thousands. It’s time every patient, and clinician knows about lifestyle medicine.

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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.

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Articles as CME/CE/MOC – Free for members!

ACLM and AJLM are pleased to offer CME/CE and ABLM MOC for one (1) journal article in each of the six (6) bi-monthly AJLM issues. All 6 peer-reviewed articles with quizes are available for free to members and for $40 for non-members.

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