Lifestyle Medicine 101

The LM 101 curriculum includes twelve slide decks, 80-200 slides each, that follow Beth Frates’ award winning Lifestyle Medicine Handbook. This curriculum can be used to educate on the basics of Lifestyle Medicine and tailored to a variety of settings and audiences. The curriculum also includes a Lifestyle Medicine Syllabus and Instructor's Manual.

“These slide decks are an amazing resource whether you are looking to enhance patient education in the clinic, give lifestyle medicine community lectures, deliver lectures for your hospital grand rounds, or if you are a faculty member wanting to enhance your health course.” Dr. Michelle Tollefson, MD

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Course Components

Slide Decks


1. Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine--Understanding Lifestyle Medicine – 160 slides
2. Empowering People to Change – 118 slides
3. Collaborating, Motivating, Goal-Setting, and Tracking – 81 slides
4. Improving Health Through Exercise – 158 slides
5. The Nutrition-Health Connection – 192 slides
6. Sleep Matters – 140 slides
7. Stress and Resilience – 129 slides
8. Peace of Mind With Meditation, Mindfulness, and Relaxation – 146 slides
9. The Power of Connection – 129 slides
10. Positively Positive – 146 slides
11. Substance Use Disorder – 142 slides
12. Staying the Course – 117 slides

Instructor's Manual


LM Syllabus   
Complimentary Download


Beth Frates’ LM Handbook     

Available for purchase in the
ACLM Bookstore


Beth Frates MD, FACLM, DipABLM

Clinical Assistant Professor @Harvard Medical School, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Beth Frates is passionate about lifestyle medicine and has been working to promote the field on a national level through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine as a Board Member as well as locally in the Boston area where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School where she is an award-winning teacher. Having developed the first semester-long lifestyle medicine course at Harvard through the Harvard Extension School, Dr. Frates collaborated with ACLM to share her syllabus in hopes to empower other faculty to teach similar courses. In addition, Dr. Frates invited Dr. Jon Bonnet, Dr. Rich Joseph, and Dr. Jim Peterson to co-create and publish The Lifestyle Medicine Handbook: An Introduction to the Power of Healthy Habits, which was produced in collaboration with ACLM. As Director of Wellness Programming at the Stroke Institute for Research and Recovery at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, Dr. Frates leads wellness workshops for stroke survivors and their caregivers. In addition, Dr. Frates has her own lifestyle medicine consulting/coaching practice where she sees patients 1:1 and in groups.

Michelle Tollefson MD, FACOG, DipABLM

Associate Professor @Metropolitan State University of Denver
Physician @
St. Luke's Medical Clinic

Dr. Michelle Tollefson is board certified in lifestyle medicine as well as obstetrics and gynecology with expertise encompassing lifestyle medicine across the female lifespan. For over a decade she has been active in the lifestyle medicine and wellness coaching movements. She currently co-chairs both the Women's Health as well as the Pre-Professional Lifestyle Medicine Education Member Interest Groups for ACLM while also serving on the ACLM Education and Conference Planning Committees. Dr. Tollefson was previously the Medical Director of Women's Wellness Education for a Colorado health system and in full-time clinical practice and now volunteers at a non-profit clinic. As an associate professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, she developed and oversees the Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness Coaching Curriculum including the Bachelor's Level Lifestyle Medicine Major (IDP) and Minor. Dr. Tollefson lectures nationwide on a variety of topics related to lifestyle medicine and women's health and is passionate about optimizing women's health across the lifespan.

Gia Merlo MD, MBA, DipABLM

Clinical Professor, and Senior Advisor on Wellness @New York University
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry @NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor @Rice University

Gia Merlo is Clinical Professor of Nursing, and Senior Advisor on Wellness at New York University (NYU). She is also Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor at Rice University. Merlo’s interests include medical professionalism, wellness, and lifestyle medicine. Dr. Merlo is active on multiple national professional organizations including secretary of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Pre-professional Member Interest Group (LMPP), as well as chair of the LMPP Mentoring & Outreach and Curriculum subcommittees. In 2020, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Plant Powered Metro New York after serving on the Advisory Medical Board in 2019. Prior to joining NYU, Merlo was Associate Dean of Health Professions, Professor in the Practice, and Founding Director of the Medical Professionalism Program at Rice University since 2014. She also taught medical students, residents, and fellows at Baylor College of Medicine, where she was a 2017-19 Master Teacher Fellow. In addition, she provided clinical supervision of the child and adolescent psychiatry fellows at Texas Children’s Hospital medical home located at Corinthian Pointe in Houston. In the past, she served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2018, Merlo was chosen as one of the Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women by Houston Woman Magazine.

LM 101 Curriculum valued at $1,150

LM 101 Curriculum (PDF) | ACLM member - Complimentary! 

includes PDFs of all slide decks, syllabus and instructor’s manual 

LM 101 Curriculum (PowerPoint) | Faculty - Fill out the interest form below to be granted access to pilot the LM 101 Curriculum in 2021  

includes customizable PowerPoints of all slide decks, syllabus and instructor’s manual 

Member Access

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Please  fill out this form to be granted access to pilot the Lifestyle Medicine 101 Curriculum at your institution. If awarded, you will gain access to 12 modules of customizable PowerPoints that go along with Dr. Beth Frates' Lifestyle Medicine Handbook, a comprehensive syllabus, and an instructor's manual.

NOTE: Only faculty at academic institutions may be given access to the customizable PowerPoints. Forms are reviewed on a monthly basis. If you are an ACLM member, you can gain immediate access to PDFs of the curriculum through the members-only section of our website.