Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches:

A 21.5-hour Online Course on the Fundamentals of Lifestyle Medicine

ACLM members receive an exclusive 20% discount

A holistic view of wellness to support clients and patients to thrive.

Member $348 Non-member $385

IMPORTANT NOTE: ACLM members who register directly through the Wellcoaches site for full price do not qualify for retrospective partial refunds or pricing adjustments. Sign up HERE on the ACLM site for the members-only discount.

Why Do Coaches Need Lifestyle Medicine?

As much as 85 cents of every dollar spent on health care in the United States goes toward the treatment of conditions rooted in poor lifestyle choices.

This 21.5-hour e-course provides an in-depth overview of the leading lifestyle medicine topics.

This course addresses the need for quality education and credentialing while supporting coaches in their individual practices or as part of a multidisciplinary team in their collective desire to promote lifestyle medicine as the primary treatment of choice.

Coaches will gain an understanding of the whole human health experience and become effectively trained to educate, equip and empower their clients with lifestyle choices to prevent, treat and, often, even reverse chronic and select autoimmune disease.

“Lifestyle medicine-trained health coaches will be a foundational component of real health care reform and will be well-positioned to meet the ever-growing demand in both clinical and worksite settings.”

 - Susan Benigas, Executive Director, ACLM

Topics Include:

  • Lifestyle Medicine: Introduction, integration into health care and resources
  • Basic Biometrics
  • Health and Lifestyle Diseases (Preventing Death and Disability)
  • Active Living: Physical Activity and Functional Fitness
  • Culinary Medicine: Basic Nutrition
  • Emotional Well-being and Resiliency
  • Positive Psychology and Health
  • Substance Use and Addictions
  • Sleep Health
  • Brain Health
  • Shared Decision Making
  • Interpreting Coaching Research

Requirements for Course Completion

The course includes 21.5 hours of self-paced content in the form of videos, questions for reflection and journal prompts. It is divided into six sections, each followed by a knowledge assessment to aid the student in comprehension and application of the learning. To earn a "Certificate of Attendance", students must view each of the lessons in full and complete the six knowledge assessments with 80% accuracy.

The Lifestyle Medicine Coach (LMC) Certificate

If you are a Certified Wellcoach® through Wellcoaches, or have earned the National Board Certified – Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) designation from NBHWC, you may earn the Lifestyle Medicine Coach (LMC) Certificate upon course completion. If you are not a Certified Wellcoach, or an NBC-HWC, you will earn a Certificate of Attendance following course completion.

We recognize those who have earned their Lifestyle Medicine Certified Coach credential by highlighting them in ACLM's Member Directory.

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– Coach Meg, Founder and CEO of Wellcoaches 

DAVID KATZ, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM, Past-president of the ACLM  | "Establishing a standard for health coaches in lifestyle medicine will help ensure that crucial information is consistently of the highest caliber. Coaches reach an enormous number of people, and, with standardized training in lifestyle medicine, they'll have an enhanced ability to promote health and prevent disease. The public can be confident that certified coaches are practicing at a high standard and providing evidence-based guidance. Certified Health and Wellness Coaches who specialize in lifestyle medicine will become integral members of the lifestyle medicine practice team, contributing importantly to the treatment and even reversal of disease."