Course Overview



This course will be held again on
December 6-8, 2018.

Information contained in this site is for the 2016 program.
Information for the 2018 program coming soon.

As clinicians, we increasingly understand that healthier lifestyle behaviors lower risk factors, reduce premature mortality, enhance treatment outcomes, and prevent or even reverse many chronic illnesses.  

The challenge is:  How do we help patients to adopt and sustain healthier nutrition and physical activity levels?

Lifestyle Medicine in Day-to-Day Practice focus on the “how-to” elements of lifestyle medicine, offering the following two educational and skills-development components:

  • ACTIVE LIVES (December 7-8):  Education and skills development for in-office exercise risk assessment, prescribing exercise (frequency, intensity, time, type) and accounting for patients’ age and conditions, and successfully motivating patients (even reluctant ones) to increase their level of physical activity.
  • Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (“CHEF”) Coaching (December 6, 2018):  This special 1-day program provides education and skills development to help patients develop healthier approaches to nutrition and at-home meals. 

You can attend one or both of these educational offerings.


Both ACTIVE LIVES and “CHEF” Coaching offer:

  • Education and opportunities to develop state-of-the-art lifestyle medicine skills
  • Evidence-based strategies and take-home tools to facilitate your success in effectively patients adopt and sustain lifestyle behaviors that will improve their health and quality of life
  • Guidance to extend your current approaches to treatment and prevention with proven and pragmatic lifestyle medicine interventions
  • Real-world lessons for efficiently integrating lifestyle medicine interventions into daily practice.  

Prior course participants report that lifestyle medicine interventions have transformed their clinical care. The result is a more rewarding practice where they are able to care for more engaged, happier and healthier patients.


ACTIVE LIVES:  Helping Patients Initiate and Sustain More Physically Active Lifestyles

December 7-8, 2018  

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 development
  • Performing quick and easy in-office exercise assessment of exercise risk, strength, flexibility, balance and aerobic capacity
  • Prescribing exercise (frequency, intensity, time, type) and personalization by patients’ age and conditions
  • Counseling and health coaching
  • Demonstrating exercises to patients:  children, adolescents, adults, geriatric
  • Supporting self-determination while promoting physical activity in older adults
  • Applying the new 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
  • Writing exercise prescriptions for patients with disabilities
  • Track the results of a patient’s physical
  • 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

December 6, 2018

Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching provides a comprehensive introduction to culinary medicine program – how to quickly and easily guide patients to better nutrition through evidence-based approaches to healthier meals (and meal preparation).

This fun, highly interactive program provides education and skills development to:

  • Quickly and effectively educate patients on the health benefits of home-cooked meals
  • Recognize why patients don’t cook
  • Motive patients to embrace healthier cooking practices
  • Provide guidance to patients for shopping, food storage, and meal preparation

  • Translate culinary medicine knowledge and skills into coaching practices to improve the health and nutrition of your patients

Take-Home Tools and Strategies

This program offers a number of innovative strategies and take-home tools, including:


  • Lessons from master chefs who provide step-by-step guidance to develop your own culinary skills
  • In-Office Culinary Education Tools and Delivery Strategies: Group Lectures, Individual Coaching, Hands-On Instruction, and Reimbursement Strategies
  • Mastering the Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching: How to Quickly and Effectively Help Patients Set and Achieve Realistic Culinary Goals

For YOUR Patients

  • Culinary tools to mitigate cardiometabolic risk factors, including checklists for shopping, pantries, kitchen tools, and utilization of ingredients
  • Strategies for Cooking with Little Time or Limited Budget*: Kitchen Economies and Efficiencies to Make Healthier Kitchens More Accessible to More Patients
  • Getting Patients (Even Reluctant or Unskilled Cooks) into the Kitchen: Motivational Interviewing and Coaching to Produce Healthier Kitchen Behaviors

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