Medical Training to Achieve Competency in Lifestyle Counseling: An Essential Foundation for Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases and Other Chronic Medical Conditions

Published: September 06, 2016

  • Healthy lifestyles and behaviors are fundamental to preventing and treating heart disease and other chronic diseases; however, many medical education programs incorporate minimal lifestyle training in the medical training curriculum.
  • This Scientific Statement provides learning objectives to provide physicians-in-training with a foundation of knowledge and skills in behavior sciences, nutrition, physical activity, and smoking cessation.
  • Medical schools have the opportunity to shape global health by training physicians to focus on maintenance of good health as well as prevention and treatment of disease.