Course Overview


Lifestyle Medicine Education and Skills Development Programs

Lifestyle Medicine in Day-to-Day Practice will be held online this year, using live streaming, electronic Q&A, and other remote learning technologies. 


Lifestyle Medicine in Day-to-Day Practice offers a new series of instructional and skills development programs. What makes this education unique is its focus on the “how-to” elements of lifestyle medicine -- how to expand your current approaches to treatment and prevention with pragmatic, effective, evidence-based lifestyle medicine interventions.   

This year, we offer the following educational and skills development programs. You can attend the one(s) that align with your interests:

  • Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching
  • Clinicians in the Kitchen

These highly interactive learning experiences provide practical education, opportunities to develop state-of-the-art skills, and take-home tools to enable your success in effectively and efficiently helping your patients adopt and sustain lifestyle behaviors that will improve their health and quality of life.

December 11 – 12, 2020 

ACTIVE LIVES focuses on the “how-to” elements of helping patients increase their engagement with and level of physical activity. This includes strategies and skills development for:

  • Motivating patients (even reluctant ones) to increase their level of physical activity
  • Mastering the core competencies of prescribing exercise
  • Integrating exercise prescription into your current approaches to treatment and prevention
  • Screening and counseling patients on exercise options
  • Performing quick and easy in-office assessment of exercise risk, strength, flexibility, balance and aerobic capacity
  • Personalizing exercise (frequency, intensity, time, type) by a patient's age and health conditions
  • Counseling and health coaching
  • Demonstrating exercises: pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients
  • Supporting self-determination while promoting physical activity in older adults
  • Applying the current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
  • Writing exercise prescriptions for patients with disabilities
  • Tracking the results of a patient’s physical activity
  • Assessing, jumpstarting or advancing your own personal exercise regimen

Participants of this program describe a renewed passion for practicing medicine and increased levels of personal daily physical activity leading to reduced stress, as they themselves learn to pay attention to their own health and to serve as role models for their patients of all ages.

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Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching

There is a strong correlation between home-cooked meals and healthier eating habits and lifestyles. In this new culinary medicine program, clinicians get education, skills development, and resources to improve nutrition through home cooking.

CHEF Coaching training includes two modules: CHEF Coaching—The Basics and CHEF Coaching—Beyond the Basics. Graduates of both receive a Certificate of Completion in Culinary Coaching from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching—The Basics
Thursday, December 10, 8:45 am - 5:45 pm

This one-day intensive program introduces participants to the skills, concepts, and resources to:

  • Quickly and effectively educate patients on the health benefits of home-cooked meals
  • Provide guidance to patients for shopping, food storage, and meal preparation
  • Learn from master chefs who provide step-by-step guidance to develop your own culinary skills
  • Translate culinary medicine knowledge and skills into coaching practices to improve the health and nutrition of your patients

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Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching—Beyond the Basics
Five 75-minute, weekly, distance-learning sessions starting January 2021 (several time options available)

Participants of the one-day Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching—The Basics program are eligible to participate in this additional, post-course, distance-learning program. CHEF Coaching—Beyond the Basics comprises five weekly educational and skills development sessions.

  • Hone the efficacy of your culinary coaching with patients and their families
  • Practice getting feedback and refine your culinary coaching techniques
  • Log in from your kitchen and cook online with a chef
  • Implement telemedicine, culinary training, and health coaching into your practice

Click here for program details, dates and registration. (separate registration required)

Upon completion of the one-day CHEF Coaching—The Basics program and the CHEF Coaching—Beyond the Basics distance-learning program, graduates receive a Certificate of Completion in Culinary Coaching from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Clinicians in the Kitchen
Wednesday, December 9, 5:30 pm - 7:10 pm

Join us for an innovative, online culinary medicine experience: Clinicians in the Kitchen.

Designed as a fully hands-on workshop, participants will cook from their own kitchens alongside Chefs Rani Polak, MD and Laura Klein to learn surprisingly simple and delicious ways to cook with grains and legumes, and get practical tips for incorporating healthier culinary approaches into a busy life. (All recipes will be vegan.)


The 2020 program has been enhanced for distance learning. In addition to being live streamed, all sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for online viewing for 60 days after the end of the course.