Course Overview


State-of-the-Art Approaches to Help Patients Initiate and Sustain Health-Promoting Behaviors

This immersive two-day course offers state-of-the-art strategies to guide patients to healthier lives. Education includes evidence-based tools and techniques for effecting healthy changes in diet, physical activity, sleep, weight loss, and stress management. This course also provides updates on payment structures that reward clinicians based upon patients’ health behaviors and health outcomes.

Past participants report a renewed passion for practicing medicine and reduced personal stress as they themselves learn to enhance their own health and to serve as role models for their patients.

According to the World Health Organization, by 2020, two-thirds of all disease worldwide will be the result of lifestyle choices. Currently, the leading causes of death in the United States are lifestyle related: poor diet, lack of exercise, obesity, tobacco use, and overconsumption of alcohol. This course is designed to change your competence and performance-in-practice by increasing your knowledge of Lifestyle Medicine and helping you develop strategies to incorporate it into patient care, providing the newest science of nutrition, physical activity, and management skills. The course will focus on effectively counseling your patients to improve their overall lifestyle, including stress management, diet, and exercise. You will also have the opportunity to commit to improving your personal health practices so that you can serve as a better role model for your patients.

Reasons to Attend in 2017
Highlights of the 2017 program include:

  • The strategies that produce the best results for stress resiliency, sleep quality, nutrition, and weight-loss counseling
  • Guidance to prescribe exercise and perform risk assessments
  • Health coaching (it’s not “eat less; exercise more”)
  • Clinician self-care: what it is and why it matters
  • What really gets patients (even reluctant ones) to make healthy changes
  • Leveraging lifestyle medicine to prevent and treat type-2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, dementia, certain cancers, and sexual health issues
  • Lifestyle medicine for underserved populations

Skills Advancement and Networking
Recognized experts in the fields of lifestyle medicine, behavior change, health coaching, exercise, stress management, and nutrition provide guidance and innovations for:

  • Incorporating lifestyle medicine into your current practice
  • Improving patient communication and motivational interviewing
  • Building an effective lifestyle medicine team
  • Engaging resistant patients
  • Safely and effectively prescribing exercise or increased physical activity
  • Persuasively approaching nutrition counseling
  • Efficiently navigating the changing insurance landscape

You are actively encouraged to pose questions to and network with faculty as well as with fellow participants—like-minded health professionals who are seeking to promote lifestyle medicine as their practice pattern.



The 2017 program offers two two optional pre-course educational programs:


Thursday, June 8, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This acclaimed full-day program focuses on the special challenges faced by clinicians who care for older people. It provides tools, guidance and best practices to help your patients in their senior years make lifestyle changes for optimal health. Click here for the complete agenda.


Wednesday, June 7, 5:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Off site (transportation provided)

On Wednesday evening, June 7th, we host an innovative and hands-on experience for attendees at Create A Cook teaching kitchen in Newton, MA. Transportation will be provided. Click here for full agenda.




There is a strong correlation between home-cooked meals and healthier eating habits and lifestyles. In this new culinary medicine program, clinicians get education, skills development, and resources to:

  • Quickly and effectively educate patients on the health benefits of home-cooked meals
  • Provide guidance to patients for shopping, food storage, and meal preparation
  • Learn from master chefs who provide step-by-step guidance to develop your own culinary skills
  • Translate culinary medicine knowledge and skills into coaching practices to improve the health and nutrition of your patients

This new certificate program includes:

A full-day, on-site educational program hosted June 8, at the Boston Marriott Copley Hotel, one day prior to Lifestyle Medicine 2017: Click here for full day-long agenda

Five 75-minute virtual classroom sessions with instruction to improve your personal home cooking and your CHEF coaching competencies. These virtual classroom sessions are limited to small groups to ensure an interactive and engaging learning experience, where you:

  • Learn new culinary practices for use in your own kitchen
  • Practice how to “CHEF Coach” your colleagues to better nutrition, and improve your competencies to prescribe nutrition through reflections with the group facilitator.

Choose from one of the following biweekly series:

Mondays - 7.00-8.15p ET -  biweekly from June 19th to August 14th
Tuesdays - 8.30-9.45p ET -  biweekly from June 20th to August 15th
Thursdays - 9.00-10.15a ET - biweekly from June 22th to August 17th
Fridays - 10.00-11.15a ET -  biweekly from June 20th to August 18th

Question: What if I cannot participate in a virtual classroom session?
Answer:   All virtual classroom sessions are recorded for the participants’ convenience.

CHEF coaching resources, including articles, recipes, cooking techniques, online community

Certificate of Completion in Culinary Coaching from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine