ACLM is the medical professional society providing quality education and certification to those dedicated to clinical and worksite practice of lifestyle medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the medical professional society providing quality education and certification to those dedicated to clinical and worksite practice of lifestyle medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system.


More than a professional association, ACLM is a galvanizing force for change.

ACLM is comprised of members who are passionate about the urgent need to transform health and health care. Our organization addresses the need for quality, evidence-based education and certification in the clinical practice of lifestyle medicine.

Through development and promotion of educational events, tools, resources and campaigns designed to further the cause of lifestyle medicine, ACLM supports its members in their individual practices and in their collective desire to domestically and globally promote lifestyle medicine as the first treatment option for chronic disease, as opposed to a first option of treating symptoms and consequences with expensive, ever- increasing quantities of pills and procedures. ACLM members are united in their desire to identify and eradicate the root cause of chronic disease. 

The founders of ACLM, back in 2004, were ahead of their time.

What was seen previously as outside the scope of mainstream medicine is now widely viewed as the future of healthcare, as we shift from a fee-for-service to a value and outcome-based system of healthcare delivery.

ACLM has a rapidly expanding membership base across the United States and around the globe. The value of lifestyle medicine is becoming recognized by all aspects of medical practice, with ACLM members representing the broad diversity of the medical profession and related fields that comprise effective practice models. Members include primary care physicians, specialists, researchers, professors, students, public spokespersons, hospital administrators, nutritionists, health coaches, public health professionals, and many others.

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.

ACLM vision statement:

A world wherein lifestyle medicine is the foundation of a transformed, sustainable system of health care.

ACLM mission statement:

Advancing evidenced-based lifestyle medicine as a value-based specialty that transforms, redefines and sustains health and health care by treating, reversing and preventing noncommunicable, chronic disease.

ACLM positioning statement:

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine is a galvanizing force for change. ACLM addresses the need for quality, evidence-based education and certification as well as advocates for its members in their individual practices and in their collective mission to nationally and globally promote lifestyle medicine as the first and optimal treatment option. ACLM members are united in their desire to eradicate the root causes of chronic disease.

ACLM Values Statement:

Our work will be guided and informed by our beliefs and commitment to:

  • Evidence-based lifestyle medicine: We claim results and outcomes supported by documented, verifiable evidence.
  • High standards: We hold ourselves to the highest levels of competency, professionalism and ethics.
  • Integrity: We act fairly, in good faith and honestly.
  • Financial transparency: We undergo an annual audit of our financials and take seriously our fiduciary responsibility to our members.
  • Health equity: We recognize the impact of social determinants of health and strive to make lifestyle medicine accessible and effective for all.
  • Whole person health: We value the many aspects of health and well-being required for health restoration.

Founded in 2004, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the medical professional society for physicians and other professionals dedicated to clinical and worksite practice of lifestyle medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system.

ACLM educates, equips, empowers and supports its members as they provide evidence-based lifestyle medicine as the first treatment option in clinical practice and worksite settings through live and online CME-accredited events and educational offerings, certification, clinical practice tools, patient education resources, economic research, networking opportunities and advocacy efforts. Today, ACLM has more than 6,000 members—and growing—across the world on every continent with 14 international lifestyle medicine organizations represented by ACLM’s Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance. Lifestyle medicine is one of the fastest growing career fields of medicine globally and holds the promise for true health reform as it addresses the root-cause of chronic illness. Board certification is now available through ACLM’s certification partner, The American Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

ACLM welcomes your donations to support the work we are doing to promote the practice and advancement of lifestyle medicine