Course Overview



This course will be held again on
May 3 - 4, 2019.

Information contained in this site is for the 2018 program.
Information for the 2019 program not yet available.

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

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.

According to the World Health Organization, by 2020, two-thirds of all disease worldwide will be the result of lifestyle choices. Currently, the leading causes of death in the United States are lifestyle related: poor diet, lack of exercise, obesity, tobacco use, and overconsumption of alcohol. This course is designed to change your competence and performance-in-practice by increasing your knowledge of Lifestyle Medicine and helping you develop strategies to incorporate it into patient care, providing the newest science of nutrition, physical activity, and management skills. The course will focus on effectively counseling your patients to improve their overall lifestyle, including stress management, diet, and exercise. You will also have the opportunity to commit to improving your personal health practices so that you can serve as a better role model for your patients.

Reasons to Attend in 2018
Highlights of the 2018 program include:

  • The strategies that produce the best results for stress resiliency, sleep quality, nutrition, and weight-loss counseling
  • Guidance to prescribe exercise and perform risk assessments
  • Health coaching (it’s not “eat less; exercise more”)
  • 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

Skills Advancement and Networking
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
  • Safely and effectively prescribing exercise or increased physical activity
  • Persuasively approaching nutrition counseling
  • Efficiently navigating the changing insurance landscape

You are actively encouraged to pose questions to and network with faculty as well as with fellow participants—like-minded health professionals who are seeking to promote lifestyle medicine as their practice pattern.



Clinicians in the Kitchen
Choose either of the following sessions:

Wednesday, June 20, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Sunday, June 24, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for an innovative and hands-on experience at Create A Cook teaching kitchen in Newton, MA. (Transportation and lunch or dinner will be provided.) This unique opportunity is limited to 30 participants per session. 
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Mastering the Principles of Motivational Interviewing
Thursday, June 21, 8:00 am - 5:15 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

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Culinary Health Education Fundamentals
(CHEF) Coaching –The Basics*

Thursday, June 21, 8:00 am - 5:05 pm

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:

  • 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*

Small-Group, Distance-Learning Practice Sessions

In the one-day Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching – The Basics workshop, participants gain a mastery of culinary coaching basics. Many clinicians take these newly acquired coaching skills to the next level with a series of five weekly, small-group practice sessions.

These state-of-the-art, distance-learning videoconference sessions provide guidance and skills development to:

  • Hone your approach to culinary coaching
  • Optimize the efficacy of your coaching with patients and their families
  • Improve your own home cooking
  • Introduce new culinary practices into your kitchen and those of your patients
  • Practice, get feedback and refine your culinary coaching techniques
  • Build competencies for prescribing nutrition 

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*Certificate of Completion in Culinary Coaching
Upon completion of the five Small-Group, Distance-Learning Practice Sessions and the one-day program Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching –The Basics, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion in Culinary Coaching from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine.