Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine

Applications are accepted for the Donald Anderson Pegg Award through May 31st, 2022.

Donald A. Pegg Student Leadership Award

“This award was created in collaboration with Sami Beg to help empower students and faculty members to create and sustain Lifestyle Medicine interest groups, as a way to bring in the crucial information about exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress resiliency, social connections and substance use into curriculum at any school in an easy and effective way without being part of the core curriculum. It is a great first step for any medical school or other health professional schools to work Lifestyle Medicine into the fabric of the school and into the lives of students.” 

– Elizabeth P. Frates, MD, FACLM, DipABLM

History of the Donald A. Pegg Award

This award is in honor of Donald A. Pegg, a New York City business man who suffered a heart attack and a stroke in 1986 when he was 52. In response to this health set back, he went on a mission and searched for ways to prevent it from happening again. He participated in residential intensive lifestyle change programs, added fruits, vegetables, more whole grains, and healthy protein to his diet as well as started riding a stationary bike religiously five days a week.

With this regimen and his medical care, Donald was able to live the best years of his life after his heart attack and stroke, enjoying 27 additional years with 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.

Beth and her family have donated a yearly grant of $5000 to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine in honor of Donald to help the college further the cause of Lifestyle Medicine through work with young aspiring health care students.

“I feel ready to mobilize what I learned at ACLM 2019, and the connections I made, to affect the health of my greater community, our nation, and our world.”

Tatiana Znayenko-Miller

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Interest Group Leadership

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 leadership in Lifestyle Medicine at the student level for the advancement of this important field of health care. The goal of the award will be to establish Lifestyle Medicine Interest Groups (LMIG) at medical schools and other health care professional training programs in the country and abroad.

The LMIG originated at Harvard Medical School as a parallel curriculum for medical students. It provides an opportunity for students to meet fellow students with similar interests. In addition, students can meet faculty who are actively involved with Lifestyle Medicine practice, education and research. The LMIG students gather together several times a year to hear lectures by faculty and practitioners with a passion for Lifestyle Medicine and a passion for teaching.

Learn More about LMIGs

Award Value = $1,000

Complimentary conference registration for LM2022, provided by ACLM

Lifestyle Medicine 2022 will be hosted in-person from November 13th-16th in Orlando, FL at Rosen Shingle Creek. Award winners will have the opportunity to meet with ACLM leadership, other Pegg winners, the larger ACLM membership and with other conference attendees. Pegg Award recipients must be able to attend. Winners will be formally recognized during the conference. 

$500 seed funding for a Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group

This award will be given to student leaders who commit to advancing this important field through the establishment of a Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group (LMIG) or improve a existing LMIG.

$500 professional development scholarship

This award includes funding to support the travel expenses associated with attending LM2022.We encourage medical students, nursing students, graduate students, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology students, and other health care professionals in training to apply.

Applications are accepted through May 31st, 2022

NOTE: Residents and fellows are ineligible for this particular award. International students are eligible to apply.

Application Components

NOTE: Applicants are expected to be available to attend the ACLM annual conference , which, this year, will take place in-person from November 13th-16th in Orlando, FL at Rosen Shingle Creek.

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. 

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

  • What are your interests and previous involvement in lifestyle medicine?
  • Have you been involved in any research and/or community service initiatives related to lifestyle medicine?
  • What motivates you to start an LMIG and how has your personal journey impacted your commitment or dedication to growing the field?


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

  • Explaining their relationship to the applicant and any knowledge of character, work ethic, experience, and goals. Provide information about the advisor’s personal interest in lifestyle medicine. Describe the advisor’s role within the institution and how that will support the success of the group.

List of Committed Speakers

  • Provide a list of lifestyle medicine topics and credentials of at least four lifestyle medicine practitioners, faculty, or clinicians that have committed to giving a talk to the LMIG over the course of the next year (including dates).
  • Include information about how each lecture aligns with lifestyle medicine pillars, is innovative, or offers a unique perspective on the topic as well as rationale for the chosen presenters in regards to their leadership and expertise in their field.

Funding Proposal – 1 page

  • Provide detailed information about how the funding will be used to advance the goals of the LMIG and/or have an impact at your institution and greater community.
  • NOTE: The Taste of Lifestyle Medicine micro-grant allots funding to provide plantbased foods at LM educational events. All LMIGs are eligible to apply for up to $500 in grant funding, four times per year. Visit for more details.
Frequently Asked Questions

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

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Past Awards Recipients
Abigail Joy Garcia | University of Incarnate Word 
Stephen Manga | Eastern Virginia Medical School 
Timothy Voehl | Arizona State University 
Annika Lintvedt | Michigan State University College of Human Medicine 
Ali Koehler | Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Southern Utah


Simal Ali | Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Brent Gawey
| Emory University School of Medicine
Gautam Ramesh
| University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine
Cait Magee
| Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Leonie Dupuis
| University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Gali Katznelson
| Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry


Nicole Almeida | UniCEUB
João Paulo Batista de Souza
| Unila – Univerdidade Federal da Integração Latino Americana
Madeleine Jacques
| Eastern Virginia Medical School
Lauren Kanzaki
| The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Neil Kelly
| Weill Cornell Medical College
Alyssa Kramer
| Trinity College Dublin
Hannah Maddox Rhea
| Indiana University
Brooklynne Palmer
| University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Anthony Rizzo
| Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Lora Stoianova
| SUNY Downstate
Nicholas Sweet
| Idaho State University
Emily Wey
| Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine – Dublin Campus


Daniel T. Gorenstin | Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Unirio)
Lisa Kisling Thompson | University of Colorado
Krystyna Rastorguieva | Emory Rollins School of Public Health
Tatiana Znayenko-Miller | The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Kacie Amacher, MS-III | Keck School of Medicine of USC
Saul Baustista , MS-IV | Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Alexander Buell, MS-III | Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine
Erica Veazey | Brown Medical School


Albert Barrera | University of Florida
Alicja Baska | Medical University of Warsaw
Alyssa Greenwell, OMS-II | Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Paresh Jaini, OMS-IV | University of North Texas Health Science Center


Jessie Hipple | Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy
Elaine Poling | Oakland University School of Medicine
James Gardner | University of Utah School of Medicine
Alyssa Abreu | Stephen F. Austin State University

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