EM2203G "Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the Root Cause of our Chronic Disease Epidemic" (IM GR-301122)

Purpose and Overview:

The purpose of this lecture is to review the field of lifestyle medicine, an evidence-based specialty organized around 6 key pillars – nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress management, avoiding risky substances, and positive social connection. It covers the key evidence support lifestyle change in preventing and treating chronic disease. Finally, we review evidence-based behavioral change techniques that physicians and providers can employ to facilitate healthier lifestyles in their patients including the basic principles of motivational interviewing, how to craft SMART goals, and writing positive lifestyle prescriptions.

Target Audience


UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe 6 pillars of Lifestyle Medicine (LM)
  • Outline literature supporting lifestyle change to prevent and treat disease
  • Apply LM in your daily practice by shifting from expert to coach through
      1. Motivational interviewing
      2. Setting SMART goals
      3. Positive prescriptions
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Bethany Agusala, M.D.Bethany Agusala, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Medical Director, General Internal Medicine Clinic

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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