The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine is currently running the courses below through Harvard Medical School's Continuing Medical Education Program.

Active Lives
Transforming Ourselves and Our Patients One Step at a Time
December 5 – 6, 2014
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center – Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

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Most practices grapple with the challenge of enabling patients to be drivers of their own wellness regimen. This course offers proven strategies to counsel and motivate patients, and gives you evidence-based tools and techniques to prescribe individualized exercise programs. Attendees get the latest updates in exercise risks and outcomes, best practices for behavioral counseling, exercise demonstration techniques, and guidelines for patient-centered exercise prescription. You’ll also have the opportunity to hone your new skills as you participate in exercise demonstration sessions and workshops for office-based fitness assessment. The economics of health care reform increasingly pressure clinicians to promote physical activity. This course provides education to stay at the forefront of this critical global trend, and to lead by example in transforming ourselves and our patients to Active Lives.

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Lifestyle Medicine Competencies Case Study

This lifestyle medicine curriculum reviews 15 core competencies for prescribing lifestyle medicine, which were identified by a blue ribbon consensus panel of representatives from major physician organizations. A case study highlights the management of a typical patient with chronic disease conditions and risk factors (including hypertension, pre-diabetes, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and social isolation with a complicating mood disorder) to demonstrate the application of these skills in clinical practice.

This online course costs $20 and satisfies 1 credit hour. Learn more and register today!


Lifestyle Medicine: Acute Low Back Pain

This course will help physicians manage acute episodes of back pain. The content provides simple tools to use to help influence patient recovery. By reviewing lifestyle factors that influence back pain, the course enables physicians to provide advice and recommendations that will allow patients to recover from their acute back pain episode and to make informed decisions about their behaviors and lifestyle factors related to back pain.

This online course costs $20 and satisfies 1 credit hour. Learn more and register today!


Lifestyle Medicine: Nutrition and the Metabolic Syndrome

This course reviews the case of a 54-year-old gentleman who has full Metabolic Syndrome (i.e., impaired fasting glucose, pre-hypertension, low HDL, high triglycerides, and abdominal obesity). The patient voices concern about his elevated blood glucose as well as his poor eating behavior and pattern. Through the course of seven questions, you will learn how to counsel this patient about nutrition and behavior management using evidence based guidelines and expert opinion with a focus on lifestyle modification techniques. Updated criteria for Metabolic Syndrome diagnoses from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and updated American Diabetes Association (ADA) criteria for diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes using HgA1c, as well as off label use of metformin in Metabolic Syndrome, will be addressed.

This online course costs $20 and satisfies 1 credit hour. Learn more and register today!


Lifestyle Medicine: Osteoporosis

This course gives practitioners simple guidelines for patients with regard to exercise and bone health. It also covers calcium and vitamin D intake recommendations through food and supplementation, explores falls and fractures, tobacco and alcohol’s impact on bone, and bisphosphonate compliance. Several website links are included to make integrating lifestyle modification for improved bone health a simple addition to your practice. It primarily focuses on the osteoporotic patient; however, it includes a section on childhood and teen bone health as well. Through understanding how lifestyle modification significantly impacts bone health, we can prevent patients from developing osteoporosis, and help patients who already have osteoporosis. An interactive case study trains physicians to maximize the impact that lifestyle modification can have on their patients’ bone health.

This online course costs $20 and satisfies 1 credit hour. Learn more and register today!


Lifestyle Medicine for Stress Management

“Stress” is a common patient complaint and chronic stress-related symptoms can account for a substantial proportion of primary care office visits. Via an engaging and interactive case study, this online course seeks to train physicians to effectively coach their patients toward positive stress management choices. The case study takes place over several office visits with each encounter presenting a common stress-related problem.

This online course costs $20 and satisfies 1 credit hour. Learn more and register today!


Lifestyle Medicine for Weight Management

This course seeks to train physicians to efficiently and effectively coach their patients toward improved lifestyle choices.

Lifestyle choices, including tobacco use, poor diet, and inactivity, are at the root of the most prevalent causes of death: heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Lifestyle modification is a cost-effective means to reduce the estimated costs of ~$120 billion for tobacco-related illness and ~$90 billion from sedentary behavior and overweight/obesity annually in the United States alone.

Additional lifestyle factors impacting disease include limited stress coping skills and poor medication compliance.

The impact of these lifestyle choices is well recognized. Therefore, affecting behavioral change and motivating individuals toward better choices is an area of active interest and research.

This online course costs $80 and satisfies 4 credit hours. Learn more and register today!


Lifestyle Medicine: Prescribing Exercise

This online course introduces students to another facet of Lifestyle Medicine. Because Americans are leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles and are becoming more overweight/obese, there is a need to educate physicians on the benefits of prescribing exercise to their patients. While the benefits of exercise are widely known, physicians do not always have the necessary training to counsel their patients on how to incorporate exercise into their daily routines.

Exercise is Medicine™, which is a nationwide initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine, will equip physicians with the knowledge they need to prescribe exercise to patients in a manner similar to prescribing medication. The ultimate objective of this initiative is to have every physician at every visit prescribe exercise for every patient, as needed and appropriate. The format of the course will be multiple choice, with an explanation as to why a particular answer that is chosen is right or wrong.

This online course costs $20 and satisfies 1 credit hour. Learn more and register today!

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