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

Applications open: January 15, 2024

Applications close: April 1, 2024

Results Notification: May 10, 2024

Pegg Award Value:

Applicant Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled at an academic institution
  • Involved in a Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group (LMIG)
  • Attend an ACLM-led LMIG Orientation period (must be within last 12 months)
  • Submission of all required materials (see below)
Don’t have a LMIG? Click here to establish one at your academic institution and become eligible for the Pegg Award.

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 in person from October 27th – 30th in Orlando, FL, at Rosen Shingle Creek.

LMIG Orientation Completion

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 before 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 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 group’s success. 

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 the rationale for the chosen presenters regarding 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 on your institution and the greater community. 
  • NOTE: The Taste of Lifestyle Medicine micro-grant funds to provide plant-based foods at LM educational events. All LMIGs can apply for up to $500 in grant funding four times per year. Click here for more details.

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

April 1st, 2024, 11:59 pm PST. An extension of the deadline is unavailable, so please submit your entire application on or before the deadline. 

When are awardees notified?

On or before May 10th, 2024. 

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

Yes, applicants who were not awarded in a particular year can 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. 

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

In 2009, Dr. Beth Pegg Frates established the first LMIG at Harvard to empower the next generation of physicians to tackle lifestyle-related illnesses. Today, LMIGs provide students with education, leadership, scholarship, mentoring, and networking opportunities. The establishment of an LMIG cultivates multi-institutional, student-initiated programming that supports healthy habits for medical students, residents, attending physicians, and the local community. A student leadership position in an LMIG exposes students to the latest advances and research in the field, career opportunities, and professional advancement. 

Learn More about LMIGs


Amanda Miller | Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine                                                                                                                                                        Emily C. Ubbens | Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine                                                                                                                           Roshini Srinivasan | Duke University School of Medicine                                                                                                                                                            Sheeva Shahinfar | Texas A& M School of Medicine                                                                                                                                                                                   Yoav Jacob | Albert Einstein College of Medicine


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

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, and 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 inspired 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 healthcare students. 

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 providing seed funding for Lifestyle Medicine Interest Groups at academic institutions 
  • Spreading the word about lifestyle medicine 

Who are the award recipients? 

This year, the award will be given to five student leaders who commit to advancing this important field by establishing an LMIG at their respective educational institutions. Student leaders must have completed one of ACLM’s LMIG Orientation series that was offered in July 2023, October 2023, and March 2024,prior to applying for the award. Only those who have completed the orientation are eligible to apply.   

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

What is awarded?
The $1,500+ award consists of $500 seed funding for developing or enhancing a Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group, a scholarship to attend LM2024 in-person, from October 27th – 30th, a $500 travel stipend and a Lifestyle Medicine Handbook. 

“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

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