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Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program

The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Online Program is an evidence-based program designed to provide a comprehensive foundation for doctors as well as nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, health coaches, and other allied health professionals with an interest in learning the basic foundational principles of lifestyle medicine. Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is available for select medical specialties.

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle medicine is the evidence-based therapeutic approach to prevent, treat and reverse lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Comprehensive lifestyle interventions (including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, sleep, social support and environmental exposures) address underlying disease risks, thereby decreasing illness burden and improving clinical outcomes within value-based medicine. Lifestyle medicine should be seen as a core competency for preventive and primary care medicine.

Important examples of where these competencies have already been employed include:

Three Reasons Why This Program Is Needed

  • Current medical education includes inadequate lifestyle medicine training
  • Doctors cited inadequate confidence and lack of knowledge and skill as major barriers to counseling patients about lifestyle interventions
     (JAMA. 2010;304(2):202-203 )
  • Engaging patients to take responsibility for their care via an effective physician-patient collaboration can have a substantial impact on health outcomes

This online program addresses these issues and more!

What This New Program Provides

This new program follows the recommended foundational approach identified in JAMA to preventing and treating the majority of chronic diseases affecting Americans—diseases that are caused or exacerbated by today’s unhealthy lifestyle choices.

The ten modules comprising the 32-hour program cover basic and advanced information on:

  • Core Competency Skills
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Sleep Health
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Mindfulness
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Alcohol Use
  • Weight Management

At the conclusion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the fifteen core competencies of lifestyle medicine as identified in "Physician Competencies for Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine"
    (JAMA. 2010;304(2):202-203)
  • Incorporate competencies into clinical practice
  • Enhance efficacy in lifestyle assessments and evidence-based lifestyle prescriptions
  • Leverage community and team-based resources to support lifestyle change
Course Design

Accreditation Statements

In support of patient care, this activity has been planned and implanted by the Rush University Medical Center, American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. The American College of Preventive Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 32 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.

The American College of Preventive Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Rush University Medical Center is jointly accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support.

ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses

The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 32 contact hours.

Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge based CPE activity for 32 contact hours for pharmacists.

Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Rush University designates this live activity for 32 Continuing Education credit(s).

The Commission on Dietetic Registration accepts self-study programs approved through the ACCME.

Please note: Continuing Education (CE) for allied health professionals is ONLY available for the full 32-hour program and is NOT available for individual modules.

Maintenance of Certification: This curriculum is applicable for Maintenance of Certification Credit (MOC) by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Additional medical specialty boards are reviewing this new program for MOC credit. Pricing & Fees

The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) has approved 32 continuing education credits for NBC-HWCs upon successful completion of the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the credentials of the curriculum authors?
The authors of the multiple modules are clinical subject matter experts in their fields, including preventive and lifestyle medicine. They have achieved professional clinical degrees and have substantially contributed to the research and advancement of the lifestyle medicine profession. Faculty Biographies

What does it mean that the curriculum is evidence based?
The curriculum was designed based on a collection of the national guidelines for each content area. For example, the weight management recommendations reflect the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommendations for obesity. In addition, the recommendations of national professional societies are incorporated, as well as the core peer-reviewed journal articles that contribute to the evidence base in this field.

Who will benefit from these 32 hours?
This program is designed to provide a sound foundation for lifestyle medicine principles to doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others involved in providing coordinated patient care. It is intended for those who are new to the field and would like to learn the core elements of the competencies as well as the main lifestyle medicine interventions. The modules cover both basic and more advanced concepts, providing a thorough background to the underlying elements of both academic and clinical lifestyle medicine. Course Design

What is the format of the content?
The curriculum is entirely online, with the content provided via both slides and synchronized lectures by respected physician faculty and other recognized experts.

Is this content accredited for CME?
Yes, each module is accredited, with the full course—10 modules in all—designated for 32 AMA Category 1 Credits.TM Additionally, members of select medical specialties, including Preventive Medicine (ACPM) are eligible to receive MOC Part II CME credit. Fees & Pricing

Will I receive a certificate of completion?
Yes, all participants who complete the full 32 hours of CME and take the post-module evaluations will be eligible to receive an online certificate of completion.

I'm a registered nurse, registered dietitian, physician assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, social worker, speech therapist or audiologist; may I receive credit for this content?
Yes! As of March 15, 2020, those who purchase the FULL Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Bundle may receive CE for completion of the program in its entirety. Details below.
ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses 

The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 32 contact hours. 
Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge based CPE activity for 32 contact hours for pharmacists. 
Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Rush University designates this live activity for 32 Continuing Education credit(s). 
The Commission on Dietetic Registration accepts self-study programs approved through the ACCME.

How recent is the content?
The program was just updated and the new version launched December 2018. The content reflects the recent work in this field, especially work from the past 2-3 years. It also describes the foundational studies that showed the evidence base for the preventive and therapeutic outcomes of lifestyle medicine. Faculty will be updating the content on a regular basis, and enrollees have 2-year access to the program. Curriculum Development

What organizations are involved in developing this curriculum?
This is a joint effort by two professional non-profit organizations, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Core competencies were defined by a blue ribbon panel of representatives from:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Preventive Medicine
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American College of Sports Medicine

May I purchase complete modules separately, or can I only purchase the entire package?
There are two pricing options. Each of the ten (10) modules are available for individual purchase or the 32-hour program can be purchased as a whole. Please note: Continuing Education (CE) for allied health professionals is ONLY available for the full 32-hour program and is NOT available for individual modules.  Fees & Pricing

Will additional CME content, or updates to this content, be available soon?
Yes, updates to the training program will be made on an ongoing basis.

How long do I have access to the content?
Course purchasers will have access to the online course for two years.

If you're interested in more information about lifestyle medicine or lifestyle medicine training, contact education@lifestylemedicine.org.



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