Lifestyle Medicine 

Join the IAFP Lifestyle Medicine Member Interest Group


Lifestyle Medicine Approaches for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes

Watch for free on YouTube.

Learning Objectives:

- Evaluate and discuss the role of macronutrients in insulin resistance
- Identify benefits of plant-based diets and other lifestyle factors in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes
- Illustrate Diabetes Undone as a community outreach program and utilize it within clinical and community settings to prevent and improve management of chronic disease

Supported by a grant from the American Academy of Family Physicians
Integrating Lifestyle Medicine into Clinical Practice
Watch for free on YouTube.
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Learning objectives:

1)  Explore the evidence for the benefits of the 6 pillars of lifestyle medicine - physical activity, a whole food, nutrient-dense dietary pattern, restorative sleep, stress management, supportive social connection and avoidance of risky substances
2)  Examine the specific assessment tools and interventions that can be used in a personalized lifestyle medicine approach to patient care

Supported by a grant from the American Academy of Family Physicians

Cultivating Resilience:  Why Lifestyle is the BEST Medicine
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Webinar recording Free on YouTube!

Learning objectives:

1)  Describe the relationship between lifestyle choices and chronic disease
2)  Summarize research regarding common characteristics of communities with higher than average percentage of octogenarian and older inhabitants

The Lifestyle Medicine webinar series is made possible by a grant from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit - The  IAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. AMA PRA Category 1 - The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™.

AAFP Incorporating Lifestyle Medicine into Everyday Practice online CME

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the domains of lifestyle medicine and how they relate to patient-centered care.
  • Identify three next steps developing a plan for incorporating lifestyle medicine into practice.
  • Implement strategies for lifestyle related interventions into clinical care, including team roles and workflows, and documentation.
  • Implement potential strategies for appropriate billing and coding practices.


AAFP Lifestyle Medicine

AAFP Community Engaged Lifestyle Medicine - IAFP activity highlighted!

American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) website:

Exercise is Medicine website:

AAFP Tools for the Lifestyle Medicine Team

ACLM Dietary Spectrum

ACLM Food Frequency 

ACLM - A Whole Food, Plate Based Plate     |  A Whole Food, Plate Based Plate Spanish

Editorial - Incorporating Lifestyle Medicine Into Practice: A Prescription for Better Health

Incorporating Lifestyle Medicine into Everyday Family Practice: implementation guide and resources

TEDx talk from Dr. Meagan Grega "Why Lifestyle is the BEST Medicine"

TEDx talk from Dr. Yami Cazorla (Pediatrician) “Chicken to Chickpeas: A 30-Day Experiment Changed my Life”

TEDx talk from Dan Buettner “How to Live to be  100+

TEDx talk from Dr. Param Dedhia’s “Sleep: The Secret to Living the Best 1/3 of Your Life

TEDx talk from Robert Waldinger “What Makes a Good Life?  Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness

American College of Lifestyle Medicine -

Patient Homework

TED Talks

TEDx talks: Meagan Grega, MD, FACLM "Why Lifestyle is the BEST Medicine”:
Param Dedhia, MD “Sleep:The Secret to Living the Best 1/3 of Your Life”:
Robert Waldinger “What Makes a Good Life?  Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness”:
Dr. Wendy Suzuki “The Brain Changing Benefits of Exercise”:
Dr. Yami Cazorla “Chicken to Chickpeas: A 30-Day Experiment Changed my Life”:



Plantwise -
Forks Over Knives -
The Game Changers -

Code Blue: Redefining the Practice of Medicine -


“How Not To Die ” Michael Greger , MD
“Proteinaholic ” Garth Davis, MD
"Blue Zones ” Dan Buettner
“Salt, Sugar, Fat ” Michael Moss
“Undo It! How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases ” Dean Ornish, MD
“Mastering Diabetes ” Cyrus Khambatta and Robby Barbaro
“Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes ” Neal Barnard, MD
“The Pleasure Trap ” Doug Lisle, PhD“
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease ” Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. MD
“Fiber Fueled ” Will Bulsiewicz , MD
“Dopamine Nation ” Anna Lembke, MD

Websites -
Forks Over Knives -
Blue Zones -
Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) -
True Health Initiative -
The Whole Health Cure podcast with Dr. Sharon Bergquist -
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