Meaning—a Key “Upstream” Determinant of Health & Well-being

Meaning—a Key “Upstream” Determinant of Health & Well-being

Part of LM2021 On Demand: Patient Centered. Value Based. Outcome Driven. Virtual Conference

Prices per Course NOTE: ACLM members receive an exclusive 20% discount.

Nonmember - $50
Member - $40

1 CME/CNE/CE Credit
0 CPE Credits
(Full Accreditation information listed below)


As the discipline of Lifestyle Medicine has developed, it has become increasingly recognized that there are a broad range of factors that contribute to health, healing and wellbeing. Having a sense of meaning in life has emerged as a key “upstream” determinant of health and happiness. In this presentation we shall explore why meaning matters, how to foster it, and why it is imperative for “treating the cause” of chronic diseases.

Learning Objectives 

  • Explain and appraise upstream determinants of health
  • Discuss factors that contribute to an individual’s sense of meaning
  • Identify strategies for increasing an individual’s sense of meaning


Marty-MakaryDarren P. Morton, PhD, DipIBLM | Senior Lecturer - Lifestyle Research Centre, Avondale College of Higher Education

Dr Darren Morton is an internationally recognized well-being researcher and educator. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and is certified by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine (of which he was an item writer for the exam). He is currently a senior academic in the Lifestyle Research Centre at Avondale College of Higher Education. Darren is the author of four books and over 50 publications in scientific and medical journals. He has also made numerous media appearances and he has presented to hundreds of corporate, educational, community and academic groups around the world. He is also recipient of an Australian University teaching award. Darren is the world-expert on the “runner’s stitch” but his research interest today focuses more on pleasure than pain. Specifically, Darren is passionately interested in evidence-based approaches for optimizing human functioning and helping people live their best life. This has led him to develop wellbeing programs—including the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) and The Lift Project—that are now used in over 10 countries around the world.

LM2021 OnDemand sessions are hosted online via the ACLM Learning Management System and each session consists of a title, description, learning objectives, speaker information, video recording, presentation slides in PDF format, an assessment and survey evaluation.

1 hour

Assessment and Measurement
A score of 80% or higher on the module quiz is required to pass the course.

This content can be viewed on a desktop, tablet or mobile device. Speakers or headphones are required.

Term of Approval
July 1, 2022 – July 1, 2025

Access to online material is granted through the term of approval which ends July 1, 2025.

Accreditation Statement
In support of patient care, Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support.

Designation Statement:
Rush University Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Rush University Medical Center designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 nursing contact hours

Rush University Medical Center designates this activity for 1.0 CE credit in psychology.

This activity has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 1.0 CPEUs.

Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Rush University designates this live/internet enduring material/enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education credits for physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, social workers, nutritionists, speech pathologists, audiologists, and/or psychologists.

The American Board of Lifestyle Medicine has approved 1.0 maintenance of certification credits for this learning activity.

The AAFP has reviewed LM2021 On Demand: Patient-Centered. Value Based. Outcome Drive. Virtual Conference and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of Approval is from 07/01/2023 to 07/01/2024. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Credit approval includes the following session: 1.0 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed Credit - Meaning—a Key “Upstream” Determinant of Health and Well-being. 

Faculty Disclosures
As a provider of continuing education, Rush University Medical Center asks everyone who has the ability to control or influence the content of an educational activity to disclose information about all of their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. There is no minimum financial threshold; individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies. Individuals must disclose regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. Mechanisms are in place to identify and mitigate any potential conflicts of interest prior to the start of the activity. All information disclosed must be shared with the participants/learners prior to the start of the educational activity.

Unapproved Uses of Drugs/Devices: In accordance with requirements of the FDA, the audience is advised that information presented in this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please refer to the FDA approved package insert for each drug/device for full prescribing/utilization information.

The course directors, planners, faculty, and reviewers of this activity have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

7/1/2022 - 7/1/2025 11:59 PM
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