What is LMEd?

The Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd) offers leadership, guidance and resources to advance the adoption and implementation of lifestyle medicine curricula throughout medical education.

Currently, LMEd is focused on expanding access to lifestyle medicine education in U.S. medical schools with a concentration on subjects specifically tailored for medical students. These subjects include: exercise/physical activity, nutrition, behavior change, and self-care.

Why Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle factors including poor nutrition and physical inactivity are critical determinants of health, causing a pandemic of chronic diseases, premature death and unsustainable health care costs. Currently, 50 percent of Americans live with one or more chronic illnesses in which diet, exercise and stress play a key role. Health professionals are uniquely positioned to stem the tide of chronic disease through patient education.

However, in order to provide this essential patient education, physicians themselves must understand the vital roles exercise, nutrition and other lifestyle interventions play in preventing, treating and managing disease. This can be a challenge as today’s medical school curriculum rarely includes lifestyle medicine education.

LMEd has a vision for the future of medical education in which medical schools teach lifestyle medicine as an integral component of their curricula. Medical schools will provide an array of evidence-based curricular resources for prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases throughout medical education including core curricula, lifestyle medicine competencies woven into existing curricula, additional electives, rotations, and scholarly concentrations.

To make this vision a reality, LMEd offers resources and support to faculty, administrators and students interested introducing or advancing lifestyle medicine curricula at their schools.


Institute of Lifestyle Medicine conference at The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel on Friday, June 26, 2015. Photos by Jane Phillips Photography
Edward M. Phillips, MD
Dr. Phillips is assistant professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and is Director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at the VA Boston Healthcare System.

Additionally, Dr. Phillips is a Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine and serves on the executive council that leads and developed the Exercise is Medicine initiative. He is co-author of ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine, The Clinician’s Guide to the Exercise Prescription and chair of the Exercise is Medicine Education Committee.

He serves on the advisory board of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Health Sector of the United States National Physical Activity Plan. He has published more than 65 scientific publications.

Jennifer Trilk, Ph.D.
Dr. Trilk is an assistant professor of Physiology and Exercise Science at University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and is committed to incorporating Lifestyle Medicine into all four years of the medical school curriculum and at the Greenville Health System, Greenville, SC.

Dr. Trilk has presented at national and international conferences on exercise physiology and has published several articles that include examining the effects of exercise on lipid metabolism and the cardiovascular system in adults, promoting physical activity in adolescents in school and community, and investigating international policies to increase physical activity in children and youth. She serves as the Chair of the ACSM Medical Education Curriculum Committee. Additionally, Dr. Trilk was an invited panelist for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s, “Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activity in Medical School: Training Doctors for Prevention-Oriented Care.”

Dennis Muscato, MS
Dennis Muscato is Co-Director of LMEd (Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative) and faculty at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He has experience developing and fostering results with large inter-professional national and global collaboration social impact networks.

They include: Fortune 100 corporations in Corporate Responsibility, Socially Responsible Investing Firms, and Medical School Education globally. The collaboration also includes a large list of organizations and associations such as American College of Lifestyle Medicine, American College of Preventative Medicine, Bi-Partisan Policy Center, Business for Social Responsibility, Global Reporting Initiative, UN Global Compact, and the American Medical Association.

Dennis led charitable giving through major technology grants with community non-profits, local agencies, K-12, community colleges, and universities throughout Oregon. Dennis served as a founding board member of world renown UC Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business.

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