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Introduction & Basic Skills in Lifestyle Medicine for You, Your Patients, & Your Practice Setting

Lifestyle Medicine is the new frontier for improving both the outcomes of therapy and the overall health and well being of both you and your patients.

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About this Certificate Program

This Lifestyle Medicine Series will enable you to understand this important emerging field in medicine and empower you as a clinician to build Lifestyle Medicine into your professional skill set. This introductory series will provide you with essential skills and tools needed to begin to include Lifestyle Medicine into your everyday practice as well as build Lifestyle Medicine programs and opportunities for your practice setting.

Target Audience

Clinicians (PTs, OTs, PTAs, COTAs, ATCs, Exercise Physiologists) interested in integrating health promotion and wellness in their lives and their everyday practice, including private practice owners and managers, health system directors, occupational health providers, and cash-based healthcare providers.

Goals & Objectives

  • Describe the basis for Lifestyle Medicine.
  • List the top five ways that Lifestyle Medicine can be integrated into your current patient management and practice setting.
  • Describe the necessary assessment strategies to measure the key vital signs of wellness.
  • List the five ways that motivational interviewing can be incorporated into your practice to facilitate better outcomes and wellness.
  • Outline three opportunities for additional Lifestyle Medicine services & programs can increase referrals & build your practice.

What's Included in the Certificate Program

Accredited Online Courses*

10 hours of online video lectures and patient demonstrations.

Case Study Interviews

Recorded Q&A sessions between instructors and practice managers.

Interactive Learning Assessments

Case-based quizzes to evaluate and improve clinical reasoning.

Section 1: Basic Understanding of Lifestyle Medicine in our Healthcare System

1 Chapters

Understanding the Opportunity in Lifestyle Medicinekeyboard_arrow_down


Section 2: Key Clinical Skills in Lifestyle Medicine

2 Chapters

The Biomedical Vital Signs of Lifestyle Medicinekeyboard_arrow_down

  • Importance of Lifestyle Medicine Metrics in the PT PracticeChapter 1

    Research shows that the vast majority of chronic disease and related deaths in the US are directly correlated to lifestyle choices and behaviors. As the industry experts in exercise and physical activity, it is critical that physical therapists utilize their knowledge and position in the medical field to include lifestyle medicine components in their evaluation and treatment patterns.

  • Risk StratificationChapter 2

    Having a platform to stratify patients according to risk is key to the integration of lifestyle medicine into the physical therapy practice. A critical step of targeting high-risk patients is to identify them. This process will also assist in assessing the appropriateness of exercise initiation and progression.

  • Body CompositionChapter 3

    The incidence of obesity is rapidly rising. Obesity is highly correlated with disease progression and chronic pain dysfunctions. In this chapter, statistics on obesity and sedentary lifestyle will be discussed and important metrics for evaluation of body composition will be presented.

  • Cardiovascular HealthChapter 4

    The cardiovascular system is critical to consider when prescribing physical activity as a component of lifestyle medicine. Two key measures will be defined and their relation to exercise delivery addressed.

  • Level of Cardiorespiratory FitnessChapter 5

    Dosing exercise is a necessary, but often overlooked, component in exercise prescription. A variety of measures are available to easily assign and measure exercise dosage in the clinical environment.

  • Blood ChemistryChapter 6

    When available, blood profile analysis can be a useful addition to the vitals obtained during a physical evaluation. In this chapter, the participant will gain an understanding of these lab values and review how to use them to improve the overall health assessment of a patient.

  • Other Assessments of Health and WellnessChapter 7

    There are specific lifestyle behaviors that are known to directly influence health. Several tools are available that can be easily included in your intake process to quantify current lifestyle risk.

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Patient-Centered Care: Motivational Interviewing and Health Coachingkeyboard_arrow_down


Section 3: Applying Business Planning Strategies for Building Lifestyle Medicine Programs in Your Setting

3 Chapters

Lifestyle Medicine & Your Healthcare Team Opportunitykeyboard_arrow_down


Corporate Health & Wellness: Integrating Lifestyle Medicinekeyboard_arrow_down

  • Wellness: Where Do We Stand?Chapter 1

    This chapter will discuss what “wellness” is currently and discuss whether the concept has been successfully managed. An appropriate wellness plan should have measurable objectives and a cost analysis to determine its true effectiveness.

  • Rehabilitation Professionals in the WorkplaceChapter 2

    This chapter offers a discussion of how rehabilitation professionals are best suited to deliver an appropriate and meaningful employee health and wellness program in the corporate environment. By utilizing the specific skill sets of the rehabilitation professional, an overall lifestyle management program can be developed that accounts for the current medical status of the employee.

  • Wellness: Employer ResponsibilitiesChapter 3

    Most employee wellness programs have only a 20% engagement of the entire employee population. Strategies will be discussed that include the employer’s responsibilities in creating a culture of health and delivering incentive programs that will increase employee engagement to 75%.

  • Total Worker WellnessChapter 4

    A program of health and wellness must include identifying medical conditions that could impact the employee’s performance and productivity. During the hiring process, basic medical complications should be addressed. Additionally, an employee health and wellness program needs to include a plan for employees who unfortunately get injured on the job and may need rehabilitation services as well as a return to work plan. A Total Worker Wellness program manages employee health from pre-hire to retire.

  • The Future of Integrated HealthChapter 5

    A final discussion will include how the employer can develop a relationship with a healthcare team that will improve the population health of the employee community and drive down the cost of healthcare. This team of healthcare professionals should include primary care, rehabilitation, nutrition, and fitness experts. This team of professionals should be closely working with the health and safety departments of the corporation.

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Medical Fitness and Lifestyle Management: Organizational Start-Upkeyboard_arrow_down

  • What is Medical Fitness?Chapter 1

    This chapter will outline what medical fitness is and who would best benefit from its development. Medical fitness is an opportunity for rehabilitation professionals. Physical and occupational therapists are perfectly positioned to deliver a medical fitness service. They are the best educated and have the appropriate skill sets to deliver this much-needed service.

  • Lifestyle ManagementChapter 2

    This chapter presents lifestyle management discussions concerning what services and what personnel are needed to have a lifestyle management service integrated into a rehab practice setting. Participants will also learn how best to engage patient populations into a lifestyle management program.

  • Finances Associated with Medical FitnessChapter 3

    An overview of the initial costs and budgets required to initiate a medical fitness service into the rehabilitation setting will be described. Additionally, we will present the ROI (return on investment) that can be expected.

  • Marketing Strategies for Medical FitnessChapter 4

    In this chapter, Russ will provide an overview of successful marketing techniques proven to increase referrals to the rehabilitation practice and how best to build a cash-paying membership from these referrals.

  • The Medical NeighborhoodChapter 5

    The medical neighborhood is the obvious evolution of the medical fitness service. This chapter provides a description of what makes up a medical neighborhood and how to involve and utilize other healthcare services to improve the population health of any community.

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Lynn Steffes


Tracey Collins


Russell Certo


CEU Approved

10 total hours* of accredited coursework.
MedBridge accredits each course individually so you can earn CEUs as you progress.

      Our clinic could not be happier with MedBridge.

Amy Lee, MPT, OCS
Physical Therapy Central

       MedBridge has allowed us to create a culture of learning that we were previously unable to attain with traditional coursework.

Zach Steele, PT, DPT, OCS
Outpatient Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services

    MedBridge has created a cost-effective and quality platform that is the future of online education.

Grant R. Koster, PT, ATC, FACHE
Vice President of Clinical Operations, Athletico Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get CEU credit?
Each course is individually accredited. Please check each course for your state and discipline. You can receive CEU credit after each course is completed.

When do I get my certificate?
You will receive accredited certificates of completion for each course as you complete them. Once you have completed the entire Certificate Program you will receive your certificate for the program.

*Accreditation Hours
Each course is individually accredited and exact hours will vary by state and discipline. Check each course for specific accreditation for your license.

Do I have to complete the courses in order?
It is not required that you complete the courses in order. Each Certificate Program's content is built to be completed sequentially but it is not forced to be completed this way.

How long do I have access to the Certificate Program?
You will have access to this Certificate Program for as long as you are a subscriber. Your initial subscription will last for one year from the date you purchase.

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