Applications are accepted for the Donald Anderson Pegg Award--through August 15th, 2021.

This memorial award will serve to:
  • Demonstrate Lifestyle Medicine’s value to students, as well as to seasoned practitioners
  • Inspire the next generation of Lifestyle Medicine leaders by seeding novel lifestyle medicine project
  • Spreading the word about Lifestyle Medicine

What is the Donald A. Pegg Student Leadership Award?

Donald A. Pegg, was a New York City businessman who in 1986 suffered a heart attack and a stroke at the age of 52. In response to this health set back, he went on a mission of finding ways to prevent it from happening again. He participated in residential intensive lifestyle change programs where he added fruits, vegetables, more whole grains, healthy proteins and structured physical activity in the form of stationary bike rides five days a week. The combination of this lifestyle change and Donald’s medical care allowed him to live another 27 meaningful years with his family and friends. Donald served as an inspiration to many, especially his daughter, Elizabeth Pegg Frates, who has spent the past 30 years researching, studying, teaching, and practicing lifestyle medicine. 

Why was the Award established?

Donald and his family believe in the power of lifestyle medicine to transform lives and help individuals be healthier and more productive. The award was established to encourage student leadership in lifestyle medicine for the advancement of this important field. The goal of the award is to empower students to establish an LMIG at their medical or other healthcare professional school.

What is the history of the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Groups (LMIG)?

In 2009, Dr. Beth Pegg Frates established the first LMIG at Harvard with the mission of empowering the next generation of physicians to tackle lifestyle-related illness. Today, LMIGs provide students with opportunities in education, leadership, scholarship, mentoring, and networking. The establishment of an LMIG cultivates multi-institutional, student-initiated programming that supports healthy habits for medical students, residents, and attending physicians, as well as the local community. If a Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group (LMIG) already exists at the college or institution, the recipient will accept a leadership role to improve the existing LMIG. A student leadership position in an LMIG exposes students to the latest advances and research in the field as well as career opportunities and professional advancement.

Who are the award recipients?

This year, the award will be given to six student leaders who commit to advancing this important field through the establishment of an LMIG at their respective educational institutions. Student leaders must complete ACLM's LMIG Orientation process (offered in March, July, and October every year) prior to applying for the award. Only those who have completed the orientation are eligible to apply. Each application is considered based on the following criteria: personal and professional commitment to Lifestyle Medicine; vision for the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group; commitment of the faculty advisor; previous experience in lifestyle medicine and relevant activities; previous leadership roles and community involvement; speaker list and quality of the topics selected; marketing plan to advertise and recruit members to the group. 

NOTE: Residents and fellows are ineligible for this particular award. International, medical, nursing, graduate, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, and other healthcare profession students are eligible to apply.  

Click here to see the names of the previous award recipients.

What is awarded? 

The $1000+ award consists of $500 seed funding for the development or enhancement of a Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group, a scholarship to virtually attend LM2021 from November 7th-10th, and $500 of individual funding for professional development in the field of lifestyle medicine. 

What are the required application components?

The Donald A. Pegg Student Leadership Award application form .
NOTE: Applicants are expected to be available to attend the ACLM annual conference , which, this year, will take place virtually from November 7th-10th.
The $500 award is to be used as seed funding to enhance a campus-based Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group. Complimentary conference registration will also be provided by ACLM.

LMIG Orientation Completion 
In order to ensure that winners have the tools and support they need to be successful in their endeavors, we require completion of the LMIG Orientation process prior to applying. Orientation sessions are offered in March, July, or October.
Click here to apply for an orientation cohort.

Personal Statement - 1 page, single-spaced 
Addressing the following questions:

  • What interests you in Lifestyle Medicine?
  • What motivated you to start an LMIG?
  • How will the award help you further your goals at your institution?
  • What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?


Letter of Faculty Support - 1 page letterhead, single-spaced, signed

  • Explaining their interest in Lifestyle Medicine and support for the student and his/her initiative

List of Committed Speakers

  • Demonstrating the topics and credentials of at least four Lifestyle Medicine practitioners, faculty or clinicians that have committed to give a talk to the LMIG over the course of the first year (include dates)

Funding Proposal - 1 page

  • Providing a detailed outline of how the funding will be used to host events and expand the LMIG over the next year, as well as how the personal funding will be used to advance your professional development in the field of lifestyle medicine. 

When is the application deadline for the award?  Click here  for the online application form.

September 1st, 2021, 11:59 pm PST. Extension of the deadline is not available, so please make sure to submit your entire application on or before the deadline.

When are awardees notified?

On or or before October 1st, 2021.

If an applicant doesn’t win, can they reapply?

Yes, applicants who were not awarded in a particular year are able to reapply as long as they continue to be students. Each winning application is selected from the pool of applicants in a particular year so we encourage you to reapply.
NOTE: All runners up are considered for a registration grant (when available), which covers the cost of the conference registration for the annual ACLM conference.

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