Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Course – No CME | CE

An evidence-based and comprehensive course that builds a foundation for you to practice lifestyle medicine.

In addition to being the trusted American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM) exam preparation course, this educational resource delves into the how and why for each pillar, behavior change theory, and community leadership. The course includes:

  • A Course Manual – both a bound, printed book as well as an online version
  • 12 online review lectures by experts in lifestyle medicine
  • 10 section quizzes that consist of 180 total questions, specifically designed to help prepare you for the certification exam.
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The Need to Reduce the Prevalence of Chronic Disease is Urgent


6 in 10 American Adults Have a Chronic Disease


4 in 10 American Adults Have 2 or More Chronic Diseases


Chronic Diseases are the Leading Drivers in the US’ Annual Healthcare Costs

Source: CDC

If you are a clinician who:

  • Is registered or considering registering to sit for the ABLM exam and would like to feel confident of your potential success
  • Wishes to understand in depth, the pillars of evidence-based lifestyle medicine and how it can prevent, treat and reverse disease
  • Wants a thorough review of the evidence-based lifestyle medicine prescriptions and their clinical application
  • Would like to arm yourself by studying the evidence-based lifestyle medicine content that will be tested on the Lifestyle Medicine Board Certification Exam
  • Wants to prepare on your own time and at your own pace

This course is for you.

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In this course you will:

  • Review the pillars of evidence-based lifestyle medicine and how it can prevent, treat and reverse disease
  • Review evidence-based lifestyle medicine prescriptions and their clinical application
  • Review evidence-based lifestyle medicine content that will be tested on the Lifestyle Medicine Board Certification Exam

Please note that this course does NOT provide CME and therefore it is NOT approved to fulfill the ABLM 30 online CME prerequisite to sit for the ABLM exam. If you would like to earn CME/CE for this course and/or use the Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course as a prerequisite to sit for the ABLM exam, please purchase the Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course (30 CME/CE).

“This course expanded my knowledge past the nutrition component, of which I am very familiar. It reminded me that we are all complete human beings with outside interests and challenges that facilitate how we live our life. Incorporating the mental aspect, the stress reduction and the sleep component will help assist my clients better in my clinical practice. ”

Course Participant 

“Taking this course has not only improved my personal health, but has given me information on how to align my personal beliefs and practices with my clinical practice and care of patients.”

Course Participant

Bonus Included:

Lifestyle Medicine Key Article Summaries: A downloadable PDF that summarizes 10 “key” lifestyle medicine articles is included in this course as an additional bonus resource

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Topics Covered in this Course

  • Fundamentals of Health Behavior Change
  • Key Clinical Processes in Lifestyle Medicine
  • The Role of the Practitioner’s Personal Health and Community Advocacy
    Nutrition Science, Assessment, and Prescription
  • Physical Activity Science and Prescription
  • Emotional and Mental Health Assessment and Interventions
  • Sleep Health Science and Interventions
  • Treating Tobacco Use Disorder and Managing Other Toxic Exposures
  • The Role of Connectedness and Positive Psychology

Course Faculty

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Lead Course Faculty

Jeni Shull Clayton Md Mph Dipablm
Jeni Shull Clayton, MD, MPH, DipABLM

Lead Course Faculty

John Kelly Md Mph Lm Intensivist Faclm
John Kelly, MD, MPH, LM Intensivist, FACLM

Inaugural Lead Course Faculty

Amanda Mckinney, Md, Dipablm, Faclm

Amanda McKinney, MD, DipABLM, FACLM

Beth Motley, Md, Dipablm, Faclm

Beth Motley, MD, DipABLM, FACLM

Brandy Roane, Phd, Dbsm

Brandy Roane, PhD, DBSM

Claudia Moore

Claudia Moore, MD

Darren Morton, Phd, Dipiblm

Darren Morton, PhD, DipIBLM

Erika Jackson, Mlhr, Mcc, Cphwc, Nbc Hwc

Erika Jackson, MLHR, MCC, CPHWC, NBC-HWC

Gia Merlo, Md, Mba, Med, Dipablm, Faclm

Gia Merlo, MD, MBA, MEd, DipABLM, FACLM

Jasmol Sardana, Do, Dipablm, Faclm

Jasmol Sardana, DO, DipABLM, FACLM

Jill Selzle, Pa C, Ncttp, Dipaclm, C Tts

Jill R. Selzle, PA-C, NCTTP, DipACLM, c-TTS

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Kayli Anderson, MS, RDN, ACSM-EP, DipACLM

Kelly Freeman

Kelly Freeman, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, DipACLM

Director of Workforce Development
Melissa Bernstein

Melissa Bernstein, PhD, DipACLM, RD, LD, FAND

Board Member - Director
Micaela Karlsen

Micaela Karlsen, PhD, MSPH

Senior Director of Research
Param Dedia, Md

Param Dedhia, MD

Robyn Tiger, Md, Dipablm

Robyn Tiger, MD, DipABLM

Simon Matthews, Faslm, Mhlthsc, Dipiblm, Maps, Nbc Hwc, Icf Pcc

Simon Matthews, FASLM, MHlthSc, DipIBLM, MAPS, NBC-HWC, ICF-PCC

Stephen Carek

Stephen Carek, MD, CAQSM, DipABLM

Additional Certification Preparation Resources:

What are the credentials of the curriculum authors?

The authors are clinical subject matter experts in their fields, including faculty who are board-certified in lifestyle medicine, internal medicine, preventive medicine, family medicine, obesity medicine, psychiatry, addiction medicine, tobacco treatment, sleep medicine, sports medicine, health and wellness coaching. They have achieved professional clinical degrees and have substantially contributed to the research and advancement of the lifestyle medicine profession.

What does it mean that the curriculum is evidence based?

The curriculum was designed based on a collection of the global and national guidelines as well as foundational and updated research for each content area. 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 this course?

The Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review course is designed to provide a review and prepare candidates to sit for and successfully pass the lifestyle medicine board certification exam. It is applicable to physicians, physician associates, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, registered dietitians, and others seeking to become certified in lifestyle medicine.

What is the format of the content?

This self-study review course consists of a Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Manual (available in print form and accessible online in the online course). The manual includes 10 sections that align with the ABLM competencies, and includes an index, detailed graphics, tables and figures, 180 review questions and covers the information from which questions are written for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine Certification Exam. This course also includes 12 review lectures. The course is completed online via the ACLM My Learning Center. Users are able to go through the voice-over presentations and complete corresponding quizzes at their own pace

Is this content accredited for CME?

This course is available as a non-CME/CE accredited course and as a CME/CE accredited course.

*Please Note: The Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine: Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course, 4th Edition (with 30 CM/CE credits) is approved by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM) in order to fulfill the 30 hour online CME prerequisite. The non-CME accredited course does not serve as a prerequisite for the ABLM exam. For more questions about ABLM prerequisites, please visit or contact

Will I receive a certificate of completion?

All participants who complete the 30-hour CME/CE accredited course will be eligible to receive an online CME/CE certificate of completion.

How recent is the content?

The program was developed and updated May of 2023. The content reflects the recent work in this field.

How long do I have access to the content?

Course purchasers will have access to online material through the term of approval which ends May 31, 2026.

If you’re interested in more information about lifestyle medicine or lifestyle medicine education, contact

As an international (non-US) exam taker, which course should I take—the 30 CME/CE version or the no CME/CE version?

The No CME version is sufficient for international (non-US/Canada) exam takers to fulfill the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine (IBLM) 30 online CME prerequisite to sit for the IBLM exam. All that is required is the certificate of completion.

Accreditation Statement

This course provides no CME or CE

Faculty Disclosures

As a provider of continuing education, Rush University Medical Center asks everyone who has the ability to control or influence the content of an educational activity to disclose information about all of their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. There is no minimum financial threshold; individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies. Individuals must disclose regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. Mechanisms are in place to identify and mitigate any potential conflicts of interest prior to the start of the activity. All information disclosed must be shared with the participants/learners prior to the start of the educational activity.

Unapproved Uses of Drugs/Devices: In accordance with requirements of the FDA, the audience is advised that information presented in this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please refer to the FDA approved package insert for each drug/device for full prescribing/utilization information. Individuals in control of content have disclosed the following:

  • Rohit Moghe, PharmD, MSPH, CDCES, Member, Speakers Bureau, Novo Nordisk
  • Claudia Moore, MD, Royalty, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis Group Faculty

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated. The remaining course director(s), planner(s), faculty, and reviewer(s) of this activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Why get certified in lifestyle medicine?

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. Learn more

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