Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine


This is a closed course, and registrations are not being accepted.

Course Description

Lifestyle medicine is a term that some may not be familiar with and encompasses much of what a healthcare provider may need to know when empowering clients to change health behaviors. This course sets the foundation for identifying what lifestyle medicine is, the history of this area of healthcare, and the importance of empowering clients to go from illness to wellness.

Target Audience

Healthcare providers.


  1. Recall the current state of health in our culture and why implementation of Lifestyle Medicine (LM) is needed. 
  2. List the impact of lifestyle behaviors on health and performance in any environment. 
  3. Interpret scientific evidence that demonstrates the association of risk conditions as being key factors for health outcomes. 
  4. Distinguish the role of behavioral determinants of positive health outcomes. 
  5. Compare and contrast LM to other fields of health and wellness.
  6. List the pillars and core competencies of LM. 
  7. Describe the Travis Illness Wellness continuum.
  8. Recall how the process of health through LM complements PNE+.
  9. Define the role of positive psychology and its use in LM. 

Course Author

Jen Uschold, PT, CFMT, TPS, NBC-HWC

Jen is a 1991 graduate of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. She has worked in multiple treatment environments, including travel PT. She settled into an outpatient focus for the past 20 years. Her approach to patients has been strongly influenced by the Institute of Physical Art and the International Spine and Pain Institute (now Evidence In Motion). In addition to PT, Jen integrates wellness coaching into most sessions as a Master Certified Wellness Coach.

Jen loves teaching and has been doing so since 1998. She has taught with Rehab Connections in Chicago and The Jackson Clinics in Virginia and has been adjunct faculty with the Institute of Physical Art in Colorado. She is thrilled to be part of the EIM teaching team and serve as the program director for the new Certification in Lifestyle Medicine at EIM. Jen has owned a small private practice since 2007. 


Module 1: Why Lifestyle Medicine? Why now?

History and development of lifestyle medicine, health trends and statistics impacting the need for lifestyle medicine, behaviors and lifestyles affecting our health, how a lifestyle medicine clinician blends with other clinicians, and an overview of social determinants of health.

  • Video lectures (0:30:00 minutes)
  • Required readings (1:10:00 minutes)
  • Writing assignment (1:30:00 minutes)

Module 2: From Sickness to Wellness – The Lifestyle Medicine Story

Travis Illness/wellness continuum adding in PNE +, introduce the “book” blending PNE + with LM, introduce pillars for PNE and LM, BPS model, consider introducing Fear Avoidance model and blend in LM concepts from illness side.

  • Video lectures (0:44:00 minutes)
  • Required readings (1:30:00 minutes)
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 7.50 AOA Category 2­B
  • 7.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 7.50 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Evidence in Motion. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 7.5 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 7.5 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Kyle Butcher - Activity Director and Planning Committee Member
  • Orlando Candelaria - Activity Coordinator and Planning Committee Member
  • Colleen Louw, PT - Planning Committee Member
  • Jen Uschold, PT, CFMT, TPS, NBC-HWC - Course Author and Planning Committee Member


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 7.50 AOA Category 2­B
  • 7.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 7.50 IBON


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