Our Purpose

The purpose of this Foundation shall be to promote the education, science, research and access to lifestyle medicine.

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  • Educate the public about lifestyle medicine, what it is, the evidence to support it, how its effectiveness compares with and works with other conventional therapies such as medications and procedures.
  • Educate physicians and other healthcare providers. To work for the appropriate,proportional inclusion of lifestyle medicine modalities into undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate healthcare training.
  • To promote public benefit lifestyle medicine conferences, or lifestyle medicine content in other conferences.
  • To promote the dissemination of science-based lifestyle medicine content and resources through various media, including, but not limited to, the internet, TV, radio, and print.

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To promote an awareness and working understanding of the basic concepts of lifestyle medicine to the general public and to those within the healthcare field. This will include high-impact initiatives such as a “Lifestyle Medicine Vital Signs” campaign.

  • To develop a definitive public resource website, or set of sites, for evidence-based lifestyle medicine educational content.
  • To promote the science, and the dissemination of the science, of lifestyle medicine.
  • Utilize expertise. In the fulfillment of its activities the Foundation shall seek to engage the best expertise available and shall seek to collaborate with professional bodies of the highest quality.
  • Perform all activities related to and necessary for the fulfillment of the above objectives, purposes, and activities.

Board Members


Marc Braman, MD, MPH
Dr. Braman is the former President and Executive Director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). He led efforts from ACLM’s early days through to getting Lifestyle Medicine on the professional map, building infrastructure, spear-heading the development of professional standards resulting in the first ever publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association on recommended Lifestyle Medicine Competencies for all providers, formal affiliation with the American College of Preventive Medicine, electronic publications development, formal relationship with Sage Publications and the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, annual national conferences, further developing the Advisory Board with the best experts, etc. Dr. Braman is experienced in clinical lifestyle medicine in solo and group practices, as well as hospital-based centers.


John Caccavale, PhD, 5 Masters degrees
Dr. Caccavale is a California-licensed clinical and neuropsychologist and the executive director of the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychology. Dr. Caccavale is a longtime advocate for the advancement of clinical and medical psychology and its inclusion into primary behavioral health care. Dr. Caccavale serves on a number of professional boards, including the National Institute of Behavioral Health Quality and the American Board of Behavioral Health Practice. He has published numerous articles and book reviews on a wide array of subjects. His latest book, which was recently published, is titled "Medical Psychology Practice and Policy Perspectives." Dr. Caccavale is a strong advocate for medical psychology practice and lifestyle Medicine. Although he is a trained psychopharmacologist with a postdoctoral master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology, he advocates for psychotherapy as a first-line treatment for behavioral disorders. Dr. Caccavale is the 2011 recipient of the Cummings Foundation PSYCHE Award. Its prestigious roster of fourteen recipients, along with its $50,000 prize, render it the highest award in mental health.


Thomas L. Lenz, Pharm.D.
Dr. Lenz is a tenured, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. His educational background consists of a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees in Exercise Science, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cardiovascular Research. Dr. Lenz is certified as a Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine, is a Fellow in the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, is an editorial board member of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, and is Editor-in-Chief of Prevention Publishing. Dr. Lenz has published over 90 manuscripts and 6 books. In addition, Dr. Lenz is the Clinical Director for the Cardiovascular and Diabetes Risk Reduction Program at Creighton University.


John Westerdahl, PhD, MPH, RDN, CNS, FAND

Dr. Westerdahl is an internationally recognized authority in the field of nutrition and wellness. He is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition Specialist, health scientist and health educator.

Dr. Westerdahl is the Founding Director of the Castle Wellness & Lifestyle Medicine Center at Castle Medical Center in Hawaii. He has also served as Director of the Bragg Health Foundation, Director of the Murad Inclusive Health Center and Medical Group, Senior Nutritionist for the Shaklee Corporation, Director of Nutrition for Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods, Inc. and Nutrition Editor for Veggie Life Magazine. His years of experience and extensive research has led him to develop and formulate several natural food and state-of-the-art nutritional products, as well as establish leading wellness and lifestyle medicine centers for various health companies and organizations.

Dr. Westerdahl is a Founding Member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and has served on its Board of Directors. He currently serves as Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He is the host of the national radio talk show, Health & Longevity, which is broadcast on the LifeTalk Radio Network.