Submission Details

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Lifestyle Medicine 2020 (LM2020)
20/20 vision is a term used to express the clarity or sharpness of vision. In the year 2020, our annual conference aims to bring a sharp focus on Lifestyle Medicine to clearly show how only a healthcare system built on the fundamentals of Lifestyle Medicine achieves the results of healthy patients and populations. Lifestyle Medicine is synonymous with value-based care, as it reduces costs and produces far superior patient outcomes. Lifestyle Medicine ignites patient empowerment, as individuals are educated and equipped to exercise their internal locus of control in regard to their health destinies.

True to our theme “Patient Centered. Value Based. Outcome Driven.” LM2020 will emphasize the great patient centered, value based and outcome driven work being achieved through Lifestyle Medicine at the global, national, state, and community levels. Through presentations by individuals like yourselves — change-agent physicians, allied health professionals and healthcare executives who understand that lifestyle medicine is the necessary ingredient in our quest for sustainable health – LM2020 will highlight the fact that the time has finally come to stop moving the goal post on health outcomes achieved and start posting the results LM has shown it can deliver. 

Lifestyle Medicine 2020 (LM2020) also provides us a unique opportunity to showcase how Lifestyle Medicine addresses most of the goals outlined by the Department of Health and Human Services in Healthy People 2020. While the HP2020 goals were set in 2010, unfortunately not much has changed in the past decade as we continue to face an epidemic of preventable chronic diseases. Our hope is LM2020 shows the role Lifestyle Medicine plays in achieving HP2020’s four overarching goals.

With this in mind, we have created the submission categories below based on the core values and accomplishment areas of Lifestyle Medicine with the goal of highlighting the science, strategies, tools and outcomes of LM.

You are welcome to see the overlap with relevant categories of HP2020’s Leading Health Indicators here

Please use these categories as a guide for your submission so the planning committee can review your presentations in the most efficient manner. They are meant to help sort the submissions and you are free to choose the broad category where you feel your presentation best fits. These are general guidelines and we look forward to your presentation proposals.

Category 1 – Nutrition
Category 2 – Physical Activity
Category 3 – Mental Health (e.g. stress, sleep, tobacco, substance abuse, etc.)
Category 4 – Clinical (e.g. heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, renal, oral health, maternal/ infant/ child health, reproductive/ sexual health, preventive services etc.)
Category 5 – Connectedness and Health (e.g. social connections, relationships, family, positive psychology etc.)
Category 6 – Global (e.g. environment, healthcare disparities/ access to health services, social determinants, rural, economics etc.) <br><br>
Category 7 – Education (e.g. patient empowerment, behavior science, academia, student/ physician education etc.)<br><br>
Category 8 – Innovation/ Business (e.g. strategies, systems, practice models, technology, novel initiatives etc.) <br><br>
Category 9 – Miscellaneous (above categories don’t fit)

With 80% or more of all health care spending paying for the treatment of conditions rooted in poor lifestyle choices, the time is now for Lifestyle Medicine to become the foundation of a transformed and sustainable system of health care delivery. Identifying and eradicating the root cause of a disease as a first treatment option is vital. Patients have a right to know that a Lifestyle Medicine option exists, as opposed to accepting as inevitable that their only option is to become chronically ill and dependent on prescription medication to manage disease for a lifetime—an approach that is too often a disservice to both patient and provider.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine represents a galvanized force for change, one that is on a mission to usher in a transformed system of care that will dramatically reduce the cost of health care, while adding years to lives and life to years.

If you have a unique perspective about how you deliver “Patient Centered. Value Based. Outcome Driven” care, we encourage you to submit a presentation. The goal of this year’s conference is to share such insights so our attendees can learn how to implement and showcase the great results LM is helping achieve. 

If you are developing sustainable health and healthcare models that are patient centered, value based and/ or outcome driven we would love to hear your story!

Submissions are due by 11:59 PDT on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. For now, please assume that most sessions will be 60 minutes including time for Q&A. 

*Assumptions for all presenters:
Before submitting, please make sure you are free to attend Lifestyle Medicine 2020 set for November 1-4 in Carlsbad, California. Learn more about the Lifestyle Medicine conference:

We receive many submissions, and must prioritize them based on appropriateness of content, impact, evidence and fit into the conference schedule. All submissions will be reviewed, and you will be contacted with a decision as soon as possible after the submission deadline. We thank you in advance for your submission, and giving us the opportunity to consider your session proposal. 

ACLM and the community of lifestyle medicine colleagues appreciates your dedication and desire to be an educator and embrace this wonderful opportunity to be a national presenter in this field. We can support that endeavor by covering the registration fee and one evening at the hotel per session but will not be able to cover any additional travel expenses or honorariums.