Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group


The Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group mission is to advance evidenced-based Lifestyle Medicine as a value-based specialty that transforms, redefines and
sustains health and health care by treating, reversing and preventing noncommunicable, chronic disease.

Lifestyle Medicine is the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connection as a primary therapeutic modality for treatment and reversal of chronic disease.

Instagram: @wvulmig


Christina Mounzer
Benjamin Shertzer
Vice President
Molly Powney
Joshua Peterson
Iman Shere
Social Media Chair
Dr. Melody Phillips
Faaculty Advisor


Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group (LMIG)

Cultivate multi-institutional, student-initiated Lifestyle Medicine (LM) programming
Establish or improve LM curriculum at medical and health professions schools through student advocacy
Inform medical students about the activities of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and encourage outreach activities that foster the goals and objectives of the ACLM
Connect with other students, faculty, and professionals interested in LM
Gain exposure to LM in educational, clinical, and research settings
Increase student awareness of the latest advances and research in LM
Provide students interested in LM with opportunities for professional advancement and leadership development
Expose students to various career paths in LM
Promote a healthier and happier lifestyle for student members of each chapter and lead by example for local communities and the world at large
Develop LM initiatives that support healthy habits for students and the local community

Membership is open to any WVUSoM student, resident, staff member or physician within the WVU Healthcare system. Members are self-selected based on interest in the organization.

The LMIG will meet at least three (3) times per semester which can include in-person meetings, Zoom meetings, and/or blended meetings with other interest groups.

All LMIGs are affiliated with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, including this charter at WVUSoM.

At least one LMIG student leader must maintain active ACLM Membership and at least one Faculty Advisor must maintain active ACLM Membership.

The leadership board must submit documentation of an officer meeting, group event, or an event scheduled in the future to the ACLM Trainees Executive Board at least once per semester.

The LMIG leadership is made up of five key positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Social Media Manager. These positions are staffed by student volunteers who are then elected by the preceding LMIG council.
Office positions are effective for roughly one year as determined by the organization’s annual calendar.

PRESIDENT | This role serves as the chief visionary for the direction of the group, functions as the primary ACLM contact for the group via group email, sustains consistent communication with faculty advisor and Trainees Executive Board and performs outreach to community members for partnerships and events.
VICE PRESIDENT | This role assists the president, prepares to move into the presidential role, is Ideally an earlier year of study than the president, has served in an officer role within a LMIG or similar student organization before, is present during all meetings and focuses on on-campus events (health fairs, homecoming, etc.).

SECRETARY | This role takes meeting notes, schedules events, ensures information dissemination to group members, is present at all meetings, facilitates internal communication among officers, and schedules/facilitates upcoming elections.

TREASURER | This role works with the student activities department to access group institutional funding, applies for external funding (Taste of Lifestyle Medicine Grant), manages funds, and budgets for group fundraisers.

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER This role sets up and maintains LMIG social media accounts, interacts with ACLM Trainees on social media, promotes group events, shares reputable Lifestyle Medicine facts/education/ resources, and ensures that ACLM brand guidelines are followed.

Amendments to these bylaws may be submitted in writing by any member of LMIG. To be amended, a majority vote by the leadership of LMIG must take place and be recorded. If accepted, the amendment will become effective immediately, and all copies of these bylaws updated.