Lifestyle Medicine Fundamentals

Course 1 of 4: Professional Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine: Improving the Future of Health Care 1 weeks total 5 – 10 hours each week recommended

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About this course

In this course, you will explore the core Lifestyle Medicine principles that form the foundation of this emerging field of patient care and learn why the application of lifestyle medicine is needed.

Lifestyle Medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse the root causes of lifestyle-related, chronic disease that’s all too prevalent.

This course will review the role of oxidative stress, microbiome, and epigenetic as root causes of chronic disease and how environmental factors contribute. We will also explore the core lifestyle principles of exercise, sleep, and stress management.

What you’ll learn

  • Define the key concepts of Oxidative Stress, Microbiome, and Epigenetics
  • Identify the role that the Oxidative Stress, Microbiome, and Epigenetics play in human health
  • Recognize the interaction of exercise with our overall health
  • Recognize how sleep and stress management interacts with our overall health
  • Comprehend how the physical environments impact chronic diseases of lifestyle



Meet your instructors

Amanda McKinney

Amanda McKinney

Associate Dean of Health Sciences & Executive Director of the Institute of Human & Planetary Health at Doane University
Amanda McKinney is a physician with a passion for Lifestyle Medicine and environmental issues who recognizes the intimate relationship between our food and the health of both humans and the planet. She is both a Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Director of Doane University's Institute for Human and Planetary Health (IHPH). She founded the IHPH to improve human health by transforming medical education and healthcare delivery and creating healthy, resilient communities. Creating a culture of healthy food, grown sustainably, will have a positive impact on human and planetary health.

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Doane University

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Professional Certificate


Food & Nutrition Medicine