Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Lifestyle Medicine

The Lifestyle Medicine thread incorporates lifestyle practices into the modern medicine. Examples include self-care, diet, physical activity, behavior, body weight control, treatment plan adherence, coping, spirituality, mind-body techniques, substance abuse, sleep and socialization. These practices may serve to lower the risk for chronic disease or, if disease is already present, serve as a therapy adjunct.

This thread brings together sound, scientific evidence in diverse health-related fields to assist the clinician in treating disease and promoting good health.

An important aspect of this thread is also emphasizing how personal lifestyle is influenced by factors including the environment, socioeconomics, culture, access to care, affordability and insurance. 

Learn more about teaching opportunities in this area.

Faculty Leader and Coordinator

Robert Kushner, MD
Chair

Terry Long
Coordinator