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The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine

The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) was founded in 2007 by Harvard Medical School to reduce lifestyle-related death and disease in society through clinician directed interventions with patients.

The ILM is at the forefront of a broad-based collaborative effort to transform healthcare delivery toward health promotion. This critical transformation is motivated by significant research indicating that modifiable behaviors – especially physical inactivity and unhealthy eating – are major drivers of death, disease and health care costs. While healthcare professionals are generally aware of this, there has yet to be a systematic and comprehensive effort to incorporate lifestyle medicine into standard clinical practice.

A non-profit professional education, research, and advocacy organization, the ILM is uniquely positioned to ignite clinician involvement in lifestyle medicine. The ILM offers concrete tools and training to health care professionals, conducts research to demonstrate efficacy of lifestyle interventions and is creating a model for national adoption of Lifestyle Medicine. The ILM advocates for changes in our health care system by empowering clinicians to facilitate behavior change and stimulate a culture of health and wellness for their patients.

To learn more about ILM visit, email or call 617.309.2435

Our Collaborators

The ILM has many collaborators including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Exercise is Medicine (EiM) the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), the Harvard Institute of Coaching, the Yale Preventive Medicine Residency and others. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you.


To further our agenda of promoting health through lifestyle medicine the ILM representatives serve on:

  • U.S. National Physical Activity Plan: Healthcare Sector
  • American College of Preventive Medicine: Lifestyle Medicine Committee
  • ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™ global initiative, Advisory Board and Education Committee
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Advisory Board

What we offer

The ILM offers the following services:

  • Lifestyle Medicine CME courses including Lifestyle Medicine: Tools for Promoting Healthy Change, and Active Lives: Transforming Ourselves and Our Patients
  • Harvard Medical School Online Lifestyle Medicine CME courses
  • Training for health professionals wishing to improve their personal lifestyle choices so they can be more effective role models for their patients.
  • Consulting services to corporations, health and wellness providers, and hospitals among others.


ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™
A Clinician’s Guide to Exercise

(Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009).
Written by Drs. Steve Jonas & Edward Phillips.

This field guide for health professionals serves as the primary text for the “Exercise is Medicine™” global initiative.

Buy it today at

Harvard Special Health Reports

Other ILM edited titles available at

ILM Founder and Director Edward M. Phillips, MD
Dr. Phillips is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Phillips speaks and consults nationally as an expert in lifestyle medicine on:

  • Motivation for exercise
  • Caregiver self-care
  • Exercise prescription
  • Integrating physical activity and nutrition into health professional education

Online CME Courses
The ILM currently offers the following Harvard Medical School CME online courses:

  • Weight Management
  • Stress Management
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Acute Low Back Pain
  • Physician Competencies

To enroll please visit:

The ILM has been featured in:

  • Time Magazine
  • Slate Magazine
  • Consumer Reports: Health
  • ESPN Radio
  • Chicago Tribune
  • The Boston Globe
  • Good Morning America
  • WHDH, Channel 7 News, Boston
  • WBUR’s CommonHealth blog

Page last updated: October 10, 2016