Official Standards of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine

In the fall of 2012, ACLM convened a Task Force to draft and memorialize the Official Standards for ACLM and of the field of Lifestyle Medicine. An update to these standards is currently underway and will be released by March 2021.

The document opens with the preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization from 1946:

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Lifestyle Medicine is the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic intervention—including a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances, and positive social connection—as a primary modality, delivered by clinicians trained and certified in this specialty, to prevent, treat, and often reverse chronic disease.

Task Force members included:

  • Editor: Jennifer Rooke, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM
  • John Gobble, DrPH, RD, LD, MCHES
  • Tasha Ballard, PhD, RN
  • Willy Oglesby, PhD, MSPH, FACHE
  • George Guthrie, MD, FACPM 
  • Corey Howard, MD, FACP
  • R. Jason Newsom, MD

As an independent medical professional association representing the diverse interests of all our members in the provision of Lifestyle Medicine education, practice support and advocacy, ACLM is not responsible to any religious, political or industry interest.