What is a lifestyle medicine coach?

Lifestyle Medicine Coaches partner with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being. They support clients to engage in the practices of lifestyle medicine, such as healthy diet, regular exercise, good sleep and stress management, in order to become healthier and happier.

Endorsed by

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Why do Coaches need lifestyle medicine?

Up to 85 cents of every dollar spent on healthcare in the United States pays for 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. 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.  This lifestyle medicine 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.


David Katz

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." 

Topics Include

  1. Lifestyle Medicine: Introduction, integration into health care and resources

  2. Basic Biometrics

  3. Health and Lifestyle Diseases (Preventing Death and Disability)

  4. Active Living: Physical Activity and Functional Fitness

  5. Culinary Medicine: Basic Nutrition

  6. Emotional Well-being and Resiliency

  7. Positive Psychology and Health

  8. Substance Use and Addictions

  9. Sleep Health

  10. Brain Health

  11. Shared Decision Making

  12. Interpreting Coaching Research

  13. Coaching for Culinary Medicine

  14. Mental Health Literacy

Course Content

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 digestion and application of the learning. To earn a "Certificate of Attendance", students must view each of the lessons in full, complete the six knowledge assessments with 80% accuracy, and complete a course survey.  

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

Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate

Frequently asked questions

How do I receive the Certificate of Attendance?

You must fully complete each lesson and quiz, in the order presented. This course is sequenced into modules; you must complete one before proceeding to the next.

Is this a credential or certification?

Upon completion of the Lifestyle Medicine course and the Wellcoaches Certification, they could say they are a “Certified Health and Wellness Coach with a Lifestyle Medicine Certificate, or specialty.” It is however, not yet a formally recognized credential, except by Wellcoaches and ACLM.

Can I take the Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches course and then earn my Wellcoaches Certification?

Yes, you may take the Lifestyle Medicine course first and then complete the Wellcoaches training and Certification (Modules 1-3). Upon completion of the Lifestyle Medicine course, you will receive a "Certificate of Attendance." Once you are Wellcoaches-certified, you will also receive the "Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate".

What is your refund policy?

If you change your mind about participating in the course, you may request a refund if you have not started any of the lessons. The Refund Request form is available at your Wellcoaches Customer Hub account.

What Continuing Education is offered?

AAFP [American Academy of Family Physicians]
This Enduring Material activity, Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 21.5 Elective credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 06/01/2018. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACSM [American College of Sports Medicine]
21.5 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) toward ACSM recertification. The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that Wellcoaches Corporation meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider Status. Successful completion requires the completion and submission of Course Feedback Survey.
Coach-Related Continuing Education NBHWC [National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching]
This CE course is approved by NBHWC for 21.5 continuing education units.

Wellcoaches Certified Coaches will receive 21.5 CE's for recertification. Successful completion requires full completion of the course and submission of Course Feedback Survey.