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The ACRM Board of Governors is pleased to introduce the 20th ACRM Community, the Lifestyle Medicine Networking Group (LMNG), led by Chair, Elizabeth Frates, MD and Secretary, James E. Eubanks, Jr. 

The group’s leaders have come together to fill a gap in the current ACRM offerings and will work to collaborate with established ACRM networking groups and attract new members interested in exercise, diet, sleep, stress management, and social connection. Contact the chair to learn more and get involved!



To help integrate the practice to lifestyle medicine into the practice of physiatry for physicians, therapists, nurses, social workers, and other allied health professionals. LMNG will attract the best clinicians and researchers in the world to promote and study interdisciplinary lifestyle medicine for rehabilitation. LMNG will use the information from research and collaboration to reduce the emotional and physical suffering associated with lifestyle-related diseases such as stroke, diabetes, cardiac disease, obesity, arthritis, cancer, and others.

LMNG recognizes that lifestyle choices are a major cause of morbidity, mortality, and disability, and thus recognizes that ACRM is the best organization to advance interdisciplinary research and education.



Rani Polak and Carol Gibson-Gill are proposing a symposium titled, Improve Rehabilitation Outcomes through Culinary Medicine, to help the Lifestyle Medicine Networking Group achieve their goal of developing a nonstop content track at the ACRM 2019 Annual Conference in Chicago. If you are interested in participating in this symposium, please contact Rani Polak.

Abstract Summary

Improve Rehabilitation Outcomes Through Culinary Medicine

Obesity and unhealthy nutrition are major public health and economic threats and disproportionately high among adults with disabilities. Culinary Medicine is an innovative nutrition education approach which is aimed at improving eating behaviors through augmenting a primary focus on nutrients with food-oriented education, emphasizing skills such as shopping, food storage, and meal preparation.  The proposed symposia will present the efficacy of Culinary Medicine, as well as how it can be implemented in patient education programs.Lifestyle Medicine Group hexagon logo graphic



  1. Review and recommend potential research directions and priorities from the Lifestyle Medicine perspective to the ACRM Board and for conference activities.
  2. Advocate for institutions and individuals leading the Lifestyle Medicine movement to join ACRM and participate at annual conferences and Mid-Year Meetings when feasible.
  3. Publish informative articles in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with international perspective/relevance.
  4. Prepare and submit papers and presentations at meetings in specific identified areas of Lifestyle Medicine, such as exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, resiliency, self-care, prevention of burnout and social connection.
  5. Provide updated information and/or resources and develop ACRM products related to Lifestyle Medicine.
  6. Foster multi-center and multi-site studies and databases in Lifestyle Medicine in the rehabilitation setting.
  7. Recruit members of the Lifestyle Medicine Group and ACRM.
  8. Submit an annual vision cast to the Board as specified by ACRM Policy and Procedures.
  9. Engage in additional goals or projects at the request of the ACRM Board.