American College of Lifestyle Medicine Debuts Certified Lifestyle Medicine Nurse Credential

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Bachelor’s-level nurses may now receive the “Certified Lifestyle Medicine Nurse” credential through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). The inaugural exam will take place October 25, 2018 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN, immediately following the CME-accredited Lifestyle Medicine 2018 conference held at the same venue from October 21 through 24.

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Nurses now have the ability to demonstrate their expertise in integrating evidence-based therapeutic lifestyle change techniques into their nursing practice by becoming certified.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) today announced the opportunity for bachelor’s-level nurses, representing 60% of all nurses, to earn the “Certified Lifestyle Medicine Nurse” credential. The inaugural exam for this new nursing certification will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on October 25, 2018 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN immediately following the annual CME-accredited ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Conference at the same venue from October 21 to 24.

Through a generous grant from the Ardmore Institute of Health (AIH), ACLM is providing 50 nurses with a scholarship underwriting 50% of the cost of their registration for the exam, their registration for the conference and their registration for The Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine: Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course. Attending the conference satisfies the exam’s live CE prerequisite, while the course, completed in advance, satisfies the non-live CE requirement.

While these 50 spots have already been filled, registration for the nurses’ exam closes on August 31, 2018, with details available through the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM) at http://ablm.co/.

ABLM provides certification in the field of Lifestyle Medicine for MDs and DOs, while ACLM certifies doctoral and master’s-level health professionals—expanding this year to include bachelor’s-level nurses.

There are 3.1 million nurses in the United States alone, with an estimated 85% currently practicing, 60% of whom are bachelor’s-level. The Ardmore Institute of Health and American College of Lifestyle Medicine recognize the vital role Lifestyle Medicine-trained nurses play in the interdisciplinary team approach that’s central to evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine.

“The Ardmore Institute of Health (AIH) believes that nurses are uniquely positioned to deliver the education and motivation that many patients need in order to adopt and sustain positive health behavior change, and as such, we are pleased to support this expansion of Lifestyle Medicine certification into the nursing profession,” said Kevin Brown, President and CEO of the Ardmore Institute of Health.

“Nurses have by far the greatest amount of touch points with patients suffering from chronic disease, and we are excited to see Lifestyle Medicine certification extended to bachelor’s-level nurses,” said Kelly Freeman, MSN, NP-C, Co-chair of ACLM’s RN/APRN Working Group. “Nurses now have the ability to demonstrate their expertise in integrating evidence-based therapeutic lifestyle change techniques into their nursing practice by becoming certified through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.”

“This is another quantum leap forward,” said ACLM Executive Director Susan Benigas. “ACLM is grateful to AIH for its continued and generous support and for its leaders’ foresight in recognizing the integral role of nurses in the transformed system of health care delivery for which we’re striving.”

ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE: ACLM is the medical professional society for those dedicated to the advancement and clinical practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system. Lifestyle Medicine treats, often reverses and prevents chronic disease. It is the combined use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substance use and other non-drug modalities.

More than a professional association, ACLM is a galvanized force for change. ACLM addresses the need for quality education and certification, supporting its members in their individual practices and in their collective mission to domestically and globally promote Lifestyle Medicine as the first treatment option, as opposed to a first option of treating symptoms and consequences with expensive, ever increasing quantities of pills and procedures. ACLM members are united in their desire to identify and eradicate the root cause of disease. Learn more at http://www.LifestyleMedicine.org.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN BOARD OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE: The ABLM was formed in November 2015 by a group of visionary physicians who saw the need to: educate physicians and allied health professionals about Lifestyle Medicine; set a common standard/language for Lifestyle Medicine protocols globally; differentiate between evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine professionals and non-evidence based Lifestyle Medicine practitioners; set a global Lifestyle Medicine benchmark; and attract health insurance funding for evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine by requiring that any fund receivers be formally certified. Learn more at https://ablm.co/about/.

ABOUT THE ARDMORE INSTITUTE OF HEALTH: The Ardmore Institute of Health (AIH) is an independent, nonprofit Oklahoma corporation headquartered in Ardmore, OK. AIH was established in 1947 by Roy Johnson, and funded by the estate of Roy’s son, Otey Johnson, MD. AIH seeks to improve the health and vitality of people around the world through the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits. See http://ardmoreinstituteofhealth.org/

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