What is Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine is the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic intervention—including a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connection—as a primary modality, delivered by clinicians trained and certified in this specialty, to prevent, treat and often reverse chronic disease.

JAMA Physician Competencies for Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine

The July 14, 2010 issue of JAMA carried the result of a two year project initiated by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) to begin establishing standards in what was then the newly defined field of Lifestyle Medicine. The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) led the organization and management of the project.

The publication, entitled Physician Competencies for Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine outlined recommended competencies for all physicians in addressing the lifestyle causes and treatments for most medical problems in modern society.

Blue Ribbon Panel Established Recommended Competencies

Composed of top level representatives from the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ACPM, ACLM, and individual national experts in nutrition, exercise, and Lifestyle Medicine that convened in Washington DC, July 2009, this Blue Ribbon Panel convened to garner competencies consensus.

This following Competencies outline is intended to provide a minimum guideline for all physicians—especially primary care physicians. Guidelines for Lifestyle Medicine Specialists are being established by the soon to be formed American Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

A practicing primary care physician should possess the following knowledge, skills, attributes and values.


  • 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.

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 exam 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, and order and interpret 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 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.UU

Use of Office and Community Support

  • Have the ability to practice in an interdisciplinary team of health care providers 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.

Lifestyle Medicine is Foundation to all medical disciplines

PALM Pioneer Batch of IBLM Certified Doctors


PALM is the first national association in Pakistan, bringing you a community of healthcare professionals from diverse fields and specializations working towards a preventative and therapeutic healthcare system through six pillars of lifestyle medicine. It was founded in 2016 by Dr. Shagufta Feroz and few of her coaches and became member of LMGA in 2017. Recently we have started our membership drive for variety of specialties.


To introduce evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine for disease prevention and as a sustainable foundational medicine in existing healthcare system.


A world wherein healthcare system is fully trained to manage preventive and therapeutic aspects of a disease with six pillars of lifestyle medicine.

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