Lifestyle Medicine Program Design & Details

The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Online Program is presented in two parts covering basic and advanced material. Part 1--the Basic Training Curriculum outlined below--covers the fifteen core competencies of lifestyle medicine endorsed by ACLM and ACPM, which was published in JAMA. Part 2--the Advanced Training Curriculum outlined below--provides in-depth study of the competencies, guidance on how to employ them in a lifestyle medicine–oriented practice, and approaches to facilitating behavior change interventions. Click here for the course syllabus.

Program modules address:

  • Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Skills
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Sleep Health
  • Emotional wellness
  • Mindfulness
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Alcohol Use
  • Weight Management

Basic Training Curriculum


  • Promote healthy behaviors as foundational to medical care, disease prevention, and health promotion
  • Seek to practice healthy behaviors and create school, work, and home environments that support healthy behaviors
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the evidence that specific lifestyle changes can have a positive effect on patients’ health outcomes
  • Describe ways that physician engagement with patients and families can have a positive effect on patients’ health behaviors

Assessment Skills

  • Assess the social, psychological, and biological predispositions of patients’ behaviors and the resulting health outcomes
  • Assess patient and family readiness, willingness, and ability to make health behavior changes
  • Perform a history and physical examination specific to lifestyle-related health status, including lifestyle "vital signs” such as tobacco use, alcohol consumption, diet, physical activity, body mass index, stress level, sleep, and emotional well-being
  • Based on this assessment, obtain and interpret appropriate tests to screen, diagnose, and monitor lifestyle-related diseases

Management Skills

  • Use nationally recognized practice guidelines (such as those for hypertension and smoking cessation) to assist patients in self-managing their health behaviors and lifestyles
  • Establish effective relationships with patients and their families to effect and sustain behavioral change using evidence- based counseling methods and tools and follow-up
  • Collaborate with patients and their families to develop evidence-based, achievable, specific, written action plans such as lifestyle prescriptions
  • Help patients manage and sustain healthy lifestyle practices, and refer patients to other health care professionals as needed for lifestyle-related conditions

Use of Office and Community Support

  • Have the ability to practice as an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals and support a team approach
  • Develop and apply office systems and practices to support lifestyle medical care including decision support technology
  • Measure processes and outcomes to improve quality of lifestyle interventions in individuals and groups of patients
  • Use appropriate community referral resources that support the implementation of healthy lifestyles

Behavior Change Introduction Topics

  • Introduction on facilitating behavior change interventions in these and other lifestyle medicine areas which will be covered in-depth in the second part of the program

Advanced Training Curriculum

The second part of the program provides a more in-depth study of the competencies, how to employ a lifestyle medicine-oriented practice, and focuses on facilitating behavior change interventions in the following lifestyle medicine domains:

  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Sleep Health
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Mindfulness
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Alcohol use

The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program covers important content in today’s clinical practice of medicine, including key points on integrating evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine into patient counseling.

Curriculum Development

In 2009, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) collaborated with funding from the Ardmore Institute and Procter and Gamble to convene a blue ribbon panel of representatives from several major physician/health professional organizations: the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Association, and the American Osteopathic Association. The resulting consensus statement outlining 15 competencies for physicians offering lifestyle medicine was published in JAMA (July 14, 2010).

Since the publication, members of the Lifestyle Medicine Task Force of ACLM and the ACPM leadership have been working to promote awareness of the lifestyle medicine competencies among physicians and other clinicians, including publications in Medscape and Military Medicine and in presentations to a variety of clinical audiences. Interest was consistently expressed in a curriculum to train physicians in this knowledge and skills. In February 2013, a follow-up group called the Lifestyle Medicine Competencies Steering Committee was convened, again with funds from the Ardmore Institute, to discuss next steps.

The group recommended the development of a broad plan for developing lifestyle medicine training and implementing the lifestyle medicine competencies within the current health care environment through collaborative strategies, partnerships and a recognition process. The aim of the plan is to assure the demand for and integration of lifestyle medicine competence by the health care system and consumers / patients. The plan and identification of funding sources was completed by a newly constituted Lifestyle Medicine Competencies Working Group (LMCWG).

Cummins, Inc. is one of the first funders to spearhead curriculum development, with a goal of promoting lifestyle medicine competence among physicians working in the Cummins clinics—direct care providers, as well as physicians in an external provider network. Cummins has provided generous funding to ACPM to work in coordination with ACLM in developing a lifestyle medicine curriculum.

Faculty Biographies

Kaylan Baban, MD, MPH, DipABLM

Kaylan A. Baban, MD, MPH, DipABLM is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Founding Director of the GW Wellness Center, and Director of Wellness Initiatives for the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She specializes in Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine to optimize all levels of wellness, with a focus on access and patient empowerment. Dr. Baban earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University as an I. I. Rabi Science Scholar. She received her MD and MPH degrees from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she was recognized for Distinction in Research, and received the George James Epidemiology award. She completed residency and chief resident year in Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. While in training, she was selected as a Harvard Macy Future Academic Clinician Educator, and a Mount Sinai Beth Israel integrative medicine interdisciplinary fellow. Dr. Baban’s clinical and academic research address mindful provision of healthcare and digital health for prevention, patient empowerment, physician trainee wellness, and optimized health outcomes. She currently leads a mixed methods evaluation of individualized lifestyle management for primary and secondary prevention of non-communicable conditions, and a Research Kit study of mobile lifestyle interventions. As a clinician and educator, Dr. Baban believes that a holistic approach personalized to the individual is the key to success, and she enjoys working with her patients and students to find the path right for them. Dr. Baban is an active member of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, including as a founding member of the ACLM Health Aging interest group. Her work has been presented at the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the American Public Health Association, and the Academic Consortium of Integrative Medicine and Health among others.

Marc Braman, MD, MPH, FACLM, FACPM

Marc Braman, MD, MPH, FACLM, FACPM spent the better part of seven years building the national professional association the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (second President, first Executive Director). Under his leadership ACLM put lifestyle medicine (LM) on the professional map with national conferences, collaborations with other professional organizations, and education and professional development for physicians and other practitioners. Initial efforts toward establishing professional standards led to collaboration with ACPM, culminating in the first ever publication in JAMA on LM with recommended competencies for all physicians in prescribing LM (Lianov, Johnson, JAMA, July 14, 2010). Dr. Braman continues to innovate professionally: 1) as President of the Lifestyle Medicine Foundation, creating the practical resources and systems for LM in the next generation of health care; 2) as Founder and Lead Doc of Lifestyle Medicine Pro, LLC - a LM practice management consultancy and practice network; 3) developing patient voice and advocacy in healthcare and system design, and; 4) working toward a functioning healthcare system that works as it could and should for patients and society. He has directed departments for hospitals and clinics, and continues to practice LM, working with patients to find "the joy of living well".

Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH

Dr. Dysinger currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Lifestyle Medicine Solutions, a new model primary care concept that is built on lifestyle medicine principles along with a direct primary care funding mechanism. He is also Medical Director of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) and an active faculty at Loma Linda University. He consults, teaches and participates in research on lifestyle medicine issues around the world. Dr. Dysinger was previously Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda University. He is a past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, is on the board of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and has worked in various capacities with the American Medical Association and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. Dr. Dysinger earned his M.D. degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine (1986), and his MPH from Loma Linda University School of Public Health (1990). He has previously worked in Guam, Atlanta and Dartmouth.

Kayli Dice, MS, RDN

As a registered dietitian, Kayli Dice has devoted her career to helping people transition to a healthier lifestyle. She is the chief author of The Plantrician Project's Plant-Based Nutrition Quick Start Guide and has experience as a personal chef, culinary educator, and health coach in one-on-one and group settings. Currently, Kayli is Director of Nutrition & Healthcare at Lighter, Inc., a powerful meal planning platform that connects people with deeply personalized meal plans and grocery delivery to make changing eating habits easier. Lighter partners with experts, including Rip Esselstyn's Engine 2, John Mackey's The Whole Foods Diet, The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), and many more to help transform their eating recommendations into an actionable bag of groceries for the people they inspire. Kayli is also an active member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, serving as chair of the dietitians' outreach committee and on faculty for the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program. Kayli earned her B.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics and her M.S. in Nutrition and Physical Performance from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO.

Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, MPH, DipABLM

Dr. Ingrid Edshteyn is a Board Certified Preventive Medicine physician treating the causes of preventable disease. Her work in preventive and lifestyle medicine brings a unique integration that encompasses disease prevention and health promotion for both individual patients and populations. Dr. Edshteyn has been a passionate advocate for the central importance of healthy lifestyle choices as the foundation for medicine since the start of clinical training, when she joined both ACPM and ACLM. Since then, she served on the board of directors and as the Associate Executive Director for Membership and Education at ACLM. She is contributing to the mission of healthier and happier lives for patients by developing a primary care practice that is rooted in prevention and lifestyle counseling and informed by her board certifications from the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Michael Greger, MD, FACLM, DipABLM

A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available at, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.

Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACLM, DipABLM

Dr. Liana Lianov has advanced the lifestyle medicine movement in the US and internationally, including leading the first of its kind intensive lifestyle medicine curriculum by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). For this work, she received the 2015 ACPM Distinguished Service Award. She is vice-chair of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine, a past president of ACLM and served on the board of directors of both ACLM and ACPM. During her tenure as the American Medical Association’s Healthy Lifestyles Division Director, she forged initiatives to support physicians in helping patients build healthy habits. Dr. Lianov has recently worked in the private sector to implement innovative strategies for sustainable health behavior change, including emotional well-being programs based on positive psychology and neuroscience. She spearheaded and is chair of the ACLM Happiness Science and Positive Health Committee, which aims to integrate emotional well-being interventions into health programs to improve outcomes. She is board certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine and completed a psychiatry fellowship. As a public health medical officer for the California Department of Health Care Services, she managed a variety of chronic disease, mental health and prevention programs.

Margaret Moore, MBA

Margaret Moore/Coach Meg is a biologist with an MBA, and a 17-year veteran of the biotechnology industry in the US, UK, Canada, France. She served as CEO and COO of two biotech companies. In 2000, Margaret shifted her focus to coaching and well-being, and founded Wellcoaches Corporation - strategic partner of the American College of Sports Medicine. The Wellcoaches School of Coaching has trained more than 11,000 health professionals as health and wellness coaches in 50 countries. Margaret is co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, and a course director of the annual Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare conference offered by Harvard Medical School since 2008. She is co-author of a coaching textbook in healthcare, the Coaching Psychology Manual published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Harvard Health Books titled “Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life” and “Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life.” Margaret co-founded and board member of the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching, which has launched national standards and national board certification of health and wellness coaches in partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Eddie Phillips, MD, DipABLM

Edward M. Phillips, MD is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Additionally, Dr. Phillips is a Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and serves on the executive council that developed and leads the Exercise is Medicine™ global initiative. He is co-author of ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™, A Clinician's Guide to Exercise Prescription (Wolters-Kluwer, 2009) and is past chair of the Exercise is Medicine Education Committee. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition has recognized both Dr. Phillips and the ILM with its Community Leadership Award.

Scott Stoll, MD

Dr. Scott Stoll is a board-certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and specializes in nutrition and regenerative medicine, utilizing natural treatments, diet, and lifestyle to aid the body in healing chronic disease and injuries. As a member of the 1994 United States Olympic Bobsled Team, Dr. Stoll is well suited for his additional roles as a team physician for the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, and advising physician serving professional and Olympic athletes. He also served as a team physician at Lehigh University for more than 15 years.

Dr. Stoll served as a member of the Whole Foods Scientific Medical Advisory Board, assisting and advising the creation of a culture of health for the 53,000 employees and in the 300 stores worldwide and continues to host one of their total health immersions annually, the Dr. Stoll total health immersion. He co-founded the Plantrician Project, a not for profit 501c3, the International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare conference, The International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, and the Regenerative Health Institute in collaboration with The Rodale Institute. He is an author and international speaker promoting the power of a whole food plant based diet to prevent, suspend, and reverse chronic lifestyle related diseases. Dr. Stoll can also be seen and heard on television shows like the Dr. Oz show, Daystar Television, TBN, and his daily local health updates on TV channel 60. Dr. Stoll and his wife, Kristen, reside in Pennsylvania with their four sons and two daughters.

Csilla Veress ND, LAc

Csilla Veress ND, LAc, is primary care doctor at TrueNorth Health Center, in Santa Rosa, CA. Dr. Veress is a graduate from Rutgers University with a degree in Biology, and obtained her medical degree from Bastyr University, where she also finished her masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The focus of her practice and outreach is to educate and inspire individuals to achieve optimal health, through nutrition and lifestyle medicine. She lectures at TrueNorth Health and in the community on the impact of whole food, plant based nutrition, water fasting and lifestyle modification in preventing and treating chronic illness. She is a contributing writer for NPLEX, helping elevate excellence within ND board examinations. She has also written several articles for Health Science Magazine and has been featured on various podcasts in the whole food, plant-based nutrition communities.