About Us

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the medical professional society providing quality education and certification to those dedicated to clinical and worksite practice of lifestyle medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system.

We connect health care professionals to the training they need to:

  • empower patients to restore their own health;
  • rediscover career satisfaction;
  • treat and reverse the chronic cycle of lifestyle-related diseases.

The Need for Transformative Care

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Trillion: The cost of chronic disease in the U.S.

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U.S. population that has at least one chronic disease

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U.S. Physicians experience at least one sign of burnout

Source: CDC

Lifestyle Medicine is the Solution

  • Evidence overwhelmingly supports lifestyle medicine’s efficacy in treating, halting the progression, at times even reversing, as well as preventing chronic and select autoimmune conditions
  • Lifestyle medicine empowers patients to take far greater control of their health destinies, reducing the need for costly therapies
  • Lifestyle medicine is essential to achieving the Quintuple Aim: optimized patient experience, superior health outcomes, enhanced clinician wellbeing, health equity advancement, and improved population health– delivering financial and healthcare sustainability
  • Lifestyle medicine is needed to reverse the alarming trend of chronic disease afflicting over 60% of American adults and now far too many children
  • It’s the solution to addressing the restoration of both human and
    planetary health: the foods that protect health and fight disease are what will also enable reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and preservation of natural resources

Ways ACLM is working in the field

  • Facilitating lifestyle medicine integration within health systems
  • Offering evidence-based CME/CE to educate and equip clinicians to prescribe lifestyle medicine as chronic disease first-line treatment
  • Championing “food as medicine” since 2004: whole food, plant predominant Rx for disease treatment, including ACLM’s commitment in support of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health; learn more at FoodAsMed.org
  • Advocating and supporting lifestyle medicine curricula and testing throughout all medical and healthcare education
  • Advocating at the national level for reimbursement and quality measures tied to outcomes, incentivizing and rewarding disease remission, and medication de-escalation
  • Igniting clinician and patient understanding that the power to reverse chronic disease is, in fact, attainable
  • Addressing lifestyle-related chronic disease health disparities through ACLM’s Health Equity Achieved through Lifestyle Medicine (HEAL) Initiative, the HEAL Scholarship Program, and the National Training Initiative, infusing lifestyle medicine into our nation’s FQHCs


Evidence Based

We claim results and outcomes supported by documented, verifiable evidence.

High Standards

We hold ourselves to the highest levels of competency, professionalism and ethics.


We act fairly, in good faith and honestly.

Financial Transparency

We undergo an annual audit of our financials and take seriously our fiduciary responsibility to our members.

Health Equity

We recognize the impact of social determinants of health and strive to make lifestyle medicine accessible and effective for all.

Whole Person Health

We value the many aspects of health and well-being required for health restoration.


Our Vision

A world wherein lifestyle medicine is the foundation of health and all health care

Our Mission

Advancing evidence-based lifestyle medicine to treat, reverse, and prevent non-communicable, chronic disease

More than a professional association, ACLM is a galvanizing force for change.

ACLM is comprised of members who are passionate about the urgent need to transform health and health care. Our organization addresses the need for quality, evidence-based education and certification in the clinical practice of lifestyle medicine.

Through the development and promotion of educational events, tools, resources and campaigns designed to further the cause of lifestyle medicine, ACLM supports its members in their practices and in their collective desire to domestically and globally promote lifestyle medicine as the first treatment option for chronic disease, as opposed to a first option of treating symptoms and consequences with expensive, ever-increasing quantities of pills and procedures. ACLM members are united in their desire to identifying and eradicating the root cause of chronic disease.

ACLM defines lifestyle medicine as:

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.

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The founders of ACLM, back in 2004, were ahead of their time.

What was seen previously as outside the scope of mainstream medicine is now widely viewed as the future of healthcare, as we shift from a fee-for-service to a value and outcome-based system of healthcare delivery.

ACLM has a rapidly expanding membership base across the United States and around the globe. The value of lifestyle medicine is becoming recognized by all aspects of medical practice, with ACLM members representing the broad diversity of the medical profession and related fields that comprise effective practice models. Members include primary care physicians, specialists, researchers, professors, students, public spokespersons, hospital administrators, nutritionists, health coaches, public health professionals, and many others.

As an independent medical professional association representing the diverse interests of all our members in the provision of lifestyle medicine education, practice support and advocacy, ACLM is not responsible to any religious, political or industry interest.

As the nation’s only medical professional association representing the interdisciplinary field of lifestyle medicine, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine represents a galvanized force for change; members are united in their dedication to identifying and eradicating the root causes of chronic disease, with the clinical outcome goal of health restoration.  ACLM closes the gap in evidence-based education in lifestyle medicine across the spectrum of pre- and post-professional training.  Along with the training and support of its members in their individual practices, ACLM advocates lifestyle medicine as the first and optimal whole-person treatment option for all people, mitigating much of the non-communicable, chronic disease epidemic.

Special Projects

Find your place within our network of certified clinicians.

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October 27 – 30, 2024 | Orlando & Online

Celebrating 20 years of Lifestyle Medicine

Every Fall, ACLM hosts the premier continuing education event focused on lifestyle medicine – the therapeutic dose of proper nutrition, regular physical activity, social connection, restorative sleep, stress management, and avoidance of risky substances.