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Creating Balance


Three lectures on incorporating everyday technology, a coaching-style relationship, and fundamental lifestyle factors to increase patient engagement.

Up to 3.25 CME Credits
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  • Length: This eLecture package is 3.25 hours.
Cultivate Balance With Patients: Technology, Coaching, and Lifestyle

What can you do to promote healthy living for your patients? This package of CME eLectures centers on the theme of cultivating and nurturing healthy balance in patient lives. In these three eLectures, you will learn how to incorporate everyday technology, a coaching-style relationship, and fundamental lifestyle factors to increase patient engagement, change behavior, treat disease, and improve patient lives. Integrating any or all of these simple strategies in your healthcare practice will enhance patient-centered efforts to improve patient responsibility and increase overall health and well-being.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the scope and health implications of inadequate movement and rest in the population at large today.
  • Identify population trends in wearable health technology that will impact patient care.
  • Apply a 5-step coaching model to partner with patients and motivate patient/client behavior changes.

The eLectures included are:

Lecture Description Educator
The Fundamental Nature of Movement and Rest The Functional Medicine approach seeks the cause of disease by addressing underlying antecedents and root mediators. Often disease occurs when fundamental lifestyle factors like diet, movement, rest, and/or sleep are lacking or imbalanced in an individual's life. In this presentation, Mark Hyman, MD, suggests that these lifestyle factors are not just the cause, but the treatment of disease, as well. When disease is present, practitioners should primarily treat with sleep, diet, movement, or rest. Accordingly, Hyman provides scientific research on how these fundamental treatment methods improve patient health. Mark Hyman, MD
Technology and the Functional Medicine Practitioner Forecasted to hit nearly $3 billion in sales in 2016 and $6 billion in 2018,1 the wearable technology market is booming. Depending on the device, wearable technology tracks heart rate, calories, body temperature, sleep patterns, posture, allergens, and more. In this presentation, Steve Feyrer-Melk, MEd, PhD, explains how practitioners who take advantage of the data this technology yields will increase patient engagement and change behavior. Steve Feyrer-Melk, MEd, PhD
Creating Balance: Behavior Change Strategies to Support Optimal Movement and Restoration Practices One of the main challenges any healthcare worker confronts is motivation and change in their patients. Research shows that while practitioners probably find it useful to be the "expert" in acute care, they are more successful when they perform as a coach when treating chronic disease and behavior.2 Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, demonstrates the benefits of the coach approach when counseling patients about modifying lifestyle factors. She introduces a five-step coaching model for partnering with patients and identifies the psychological theories and scientific evidence supporting the coach approach. Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD

Augment your Functional Medicine knowledge with IFM eLectures. Earn CME and update your knowledge on cutting-edge medical topics.

Additional Information

CME Information

To earn CME credit, you must complete a pre-course and a post-course survey, as well as achieve 80% or higher on the post-course test within 3 attempts.

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The Institute for Functional Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

MD/DO: The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Osteopathic Association has approved IFM’s courses for Preventive Medicine certification within the American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine.

ND: Generally, naturopathic state licensing boards accept continuing education courses accredited through the ACCME. Please contact your state naturopathic board to inquire if CME credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

Nurse: For the purpose of re-certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), contact hours approved through ACCME are accepted. Please contact your state nursing board to inquire if continuing education credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

PA: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts all continuing education credits from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Please contact your state physician assistant board to inquire if continuing education credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are accepted.

RD: The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) did not pre-approve this course. Pre-approval is not required for ACCME-accredited courses. CDR automatically accepts continuing education credits obtained from ACCME-accredited organizations. Please check with your state licensing board to inquire if prior approval by CDR is required to obtain continuing education credits for an activity despite this circumstance.

OTHER: Please contact your healthcare licensing board to inquire if continuing education credits from ACCME-accredited organizations are recognized and accepted toward fulfilling your continuing education requirements.

Release and Termination Date

Release Date: Dec 30, 2016
Last Reviewed Date: Dec 30, 2016
Termination Date: Dec 30, 2019

These lectures were originally recorded at IFM’s 2016 Annual Conference. The eLecture is available as asynchronous CME for those who did not claim CME at the original conference.

Delivery and Return Policy

  • Your eLecture will be delivered electronically to your online account directly upon purchase.
  • You will have access to the course for 1 year from the date of purchase.
  • The eLecture bundle consists of streaming videos and supporting resources.


  1. Forecasted value of the global wearable devices market from 2012 to 2018 (in billion U.S. dollars)*. Statista website. https://www.statista.com/statistics/302482/wearable-device-market-value/. Accessed December 14, 2016.
  2. Frates EP, Moore MA, Lopes CN, McMahon GT. Coaching for behavior change in physiatry. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2011;90(12):1074-82. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e31822dea9a.

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