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Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum

The UofSC School of Medicine Greenville is the first medical school in the country to fully incorporate education in nutrition, physical activity, behavior change, and self-care including resiliency into all four years of its undergraduate medical school curriculum. Through its clinical partnership with Prisma Health–Upstate, formerly Greenville Health System, the school is dedicated to introducing students to the latest in real-world patient care. The purpose of the implementation of lifestyle medicine into the curriculum is two-fold: to promote self-care among the student body as they persevere through school, and for students to impart this knowledge to their future patients.

Adopted and embraced by Prisma Health, Total Health is the approach to patient care that begins with a health risk assessment to develop a patient-centered prevention and wellness program. Emphasis is on continuity of care before, during and after admissions in order to reduce risk of acute illness, relapse or acute episodes of chronic disease, and hospital admissions while maximizing patient function and well-being. The Lifestyle Medicine curriculum reinforces and builds on this approach to patient care and demonstrates the continuum of education through practice as a hallmark of the partnership between the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville and Prisma Health.

Jennifer Trilk, Ph.D., FACSM, DipACLMAssistant Professor, Physiology and Exercise Science at the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville, is a national leader for incorporating physical activity, nutrition and student self-care into medical school. Dr. Trilk co-founded the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative, which focuses on expanding access to lifestyle medicine education in U.S. medical schools and, in 2019, received the Exercise is Medicine Global Leadership Award from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Lifestyle Medicine Education (LMEd)

LMEd is an evolution from the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative, originally founded by Dr. Eddie Phillips and Dr. Jennifer Trilk and co-directed with Mr. Dennis Muscato, and is now supported by The University of South Carolina School of Medicine at Greenville.  LMEd laser focuses on expanding lifestyle medicine curricula in U.S. medical schools through offering open access to a collection of evidence-based curricular resources to train future doctors in prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases.

This lifestyle medicine collection can be used for core curricula, integration into existing curricula, electives, rotations, and scholarly concentrations. LMEd provides open access, evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine curricular resources to build knowledge, skills and advocacy in medical doctors for the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related chronic disease.


2021- Jennifer Trilk, Ph.D., FACSM, DipACLM has been elected  2021-22 ACSM Trustee of Education & Allied Health

2020- UofSC School of Medicine Greenville receives the ASPIRE to Excellence Award for it's Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum from the Association for Medical Education in Europe

2020 - Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd) receives the COVID-19 Adaptability Award from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine

2019 - Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd) receives the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award


Design and implementation of a clinic-to-community, physical activity health promotion model for healthcare providers
Preventive Medicine Reports, Volume 26, April 2022, 101697
Ryan R. Porter, Patton McClelland, Alex Ewing, Victoria Sonka, Jennifer L. Trilk 

Medical Education Transformation: Lifestyle Medicine in Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education, Fellowship, and Continuing Medical Education.
American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, Volume 20, No. 10, 2021 
Brenda Rea, MD, DrPH, PT, RD, DipABLM, Shannon Worthman, BS, Paulina Shetty, MS, RDN, DipACLM, Megan Alexander, MS, and Jennifer L. Trilk, PhD, FACSM, DipACLM

Undergraduate Medical Education: Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum Implementation Standards
American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, Volume 20, No. 10, 2021 
Jennifer L. Trilk, PhD, DipACLM, Shannon Worthman, BS, Paulina Shetty, MS, RDN, DipACLM, Karen R. Studer, MD, MBA, MPH, DipABLM, April Wilson, MD, MPH, DipABLM, Marianna Wetherill, PhD, RDN, LD, DipACLM, Lori Whelan, MD, DipABLM, Shipra Bansal, MD, DipABLM, Megan Alexander, MS, Beth Frates, MD, DipABLM, Sylvia Cramer, DrPH, MPH, DipACLM, and Brenda Rea, MD, DrPH, PT, RD, DipABLM

An Evaluation to Assess the Knowledge, Attitudes, Behaviors, and Confidence of First Year Medical Students in a Culinary Medicine Teaching Kitchen
Topic In Clinical Nutrition/October-December 2020
Lauren E. Vanderpool, MS; Jennifer L. Trilk, PhD, FACSM, DipACLM; Sarah F. Griffin, PhD, MPH; Margaret D. Condrasky, EdD

Design and Implementation of a Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum in Undergraduate Medical Education
American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 2019
Jennifer L. Trilk, PhD, FACSM , Ihsan A. Elkhider, LLB, MSEd, Irfan Asif, MD, April Buchanan, MD, John Emerson, MD, Ann Blair Kennedy, DrPH , Robert Masocol, MD, Elizabeth Motley, MD, and Matthew Tucker, PhD

Including Lifestyle Medicine in Medical Education: Rationale for American College of Preventive Medicine/American Medical Association Resolution 959
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, May 2019
Jennifer Trilk, PhD, FACSM, Leah Nelson, BS, Avery Briggs, BA, Dennis Muscato, MS

Including Lifestyle Medicine in Medical Education: Rationale for American College of Preventive Medicine/American Medical Association Resolution 959
Jennifer Trilk, PhD, FACSM; Leah Nelson, BS; Avery Briggs, BA; Dennis Muscato, MS

Design and Implementation of a Lifestyle Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education
SAGE Journals, April 2019
Jennifer L. Trilk, PhD, FACSM; Ihsan A. Elkhider, LLB, MSEd; Irfan Asif, MD; April Buchanan, MD; John Emerson, MD; Ann Blair Kennedy, DrPH; Robert Masocol, MD; Elizabeth Motley, MD; and Matthew Tucker, PhD

Lifestyle Medicine in the News

Prevention & Wellness Series: Exercise
Cancer Survivors Park Alliance - 2021

Upstate students team up to teach healthy eating habits
WYFF News4 (TV) - 2020

Med students take a spin in the kitchen to teach healing through food
WYFF News4 (TV) - 2018

Lifestyle Medicine at the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville
AAMC Pre-Med Navigator - 2017

The Power of Physician-Prescribed Physical Activity
The Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal - 2017

Exercise: It's what the doctor ordered
CNN - November 8, 2016

ELMO announce the cooperation with LMed
ELMO - October 6, 2016

Exercise is Medicine Greenville
Exercise is Medicine - October 4, 2016

Doctors not taught to discuss diet, nutrition with patients
Chicago Tribune - August 1, 2016

How to promote Lifestyle Medicine in the Clinic, Curriculum, Community: Assoc Prof Irfan Asif
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

A look inside GHS's new human performance lab
WYFF 4 - November 22, 2013

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