Course Overview


State-of-the-Art Approaches to Help Patients Initiate and Sustain Health-Promoting Behaviors

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


This immersive two-day course offers state-of-the-art strategies to guide patients to healthier lives. Education includes evidence-based strategies, tools and techniques to effect healthier changes in patients (and ourselves), including nutrition, exercise, sleep, weight loss, and stress management. This course also provides updates on payment structures that reward clinicians based upon patients’ health behaviors and health outcomes.

Past participants report a renewed passion for practicing medicine and reduced personal stress as they themselves learn to enhance their own health and to serve as role models for their patients.

Reasons to Attend in 2021
Our daily work as healthcare professionals increasingly involves caring for patients with diseases that are ultimately caused by or exacerbated by poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, inadequate sleep, and smoking. Yet professional training does not sufficiently prepare us to leverage our position of trust to help patients initiate health-promoting behaviors. At the same time, we are seeing payment structures rapidly evolve to reward clinicians based upon our patients’ health behaviors and health outcomes. These factors have given rise to an overwhelming demand for evidence-based lifestyle medicine practices that have been shown to reduce patient risk for chronic diseases. That is precisely what is offered at Lifestyle Medicine in 2021.

Highlights of the 2021 program include:

  • Treating obesity
  • Culinary Medicine
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Health and wellness coaching
  • Promoting physical activity
  • Exercise prescription
  • Improving stress resiliency
  • Interventions for sleep problems
  • Nutrition: evidence-based recommendations
  • Physical activity and brain health
  • Leveraging mindfulness as a lifestyle medicine tool
  • Clinician self-care: what it is and why it matters
  • What really gets patients (even reluctant ones) to make healthy changes
  • Leveraging lifestyle medicine to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, dementia, certain cancers, and sexual health issues
  • When, why, and how to incorporate lifestyle medicine for underserved populations
  • Connection: The Science of Relationships

Skills Advancement
Recognized experts in the fields of lifestyle medicine, behavior change, health coaching, exercise, stress management, and nutrition provide guidance and innovations for:

  • Incorporating lifestyle medicine into your current practice
  • Improving patient communication and Motivational Interviewing
  • Building an effective lifestyle medicine team
  • Engaging resistant patients
  • Efficiently navigating the changing insurance landscape

Optimized for Immersive, Interactive Remote Education

The 2021 program has been enhanced for distance learning, preserving many of the participatory and immersive techniques that are hallmarks of our in-person course. All presenters will appear in real time to facilitate live Q&A, moderators will tend to ongoing chat and audience polling, and participants will have the chance to interact in smaller groups to practice their skills. In addition, all sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for online viewing for 60 days after the end of the course. 



Clinicians in the Kitchen
Tuesday evening, June 8, 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.)


Mastering the Principles of Motivational Interviewing
Wednesday, June 9, 9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Motivational Interviewing (MI)—a collaborative method of communication—has emerged as one of the most critical and effective evidence-based approaches when working with patients to promote behavior change. In this intensive one-day workshop, participants learn state-of-the-art principles and practices for motivational interviewing. Highlights include:

  • A comprehensive review of modern MI goals and principles
  • Best practices for translating MI principles into practice
  • Guidance for exploring the patient’s own reasons for change
  • How to convey acceptance, partnership, evocation and compassion
  • Approaches to patients who are “resistant” to change
  • Skills development through role plays and small-group discussions

Click here for full agenda.


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 form the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching—The Basics
Thursday, June 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

Click here for full agenda.

Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching—Beyond the Basics
Five 90-minute, weekly, distance-learning sessions (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

Space is limited for this program. To be assured a spot in the 2021 program, early registration is strongly recommended.

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 form the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.