There is renewed interest in lifestyle medicine – the focus on food, physical activity, stress management, high-quality connections, restorative sleep, and avoidance of toxic substances – in the prevention, treatment, and sometimes reversal of chronic disease, but very little information exists on its application for improving specific women’s health issues across the lifespan. Consequently, there is a growing need among health professionals who care for women for a textbook that addresses evidence-based lifestyle solutions to manage the health challenges they face every day in their offices.

This book begins with a review of the fundamentals of Lifestyle Medicine through the lens of a woman’s lifespan. It provides information about lifestyle interventions to improve gynecologic and sexual health and to manage and sometimes reverse gynecologic diseases. It clarifies the importance of lifestyle and behaviors before and during pregnancy to address infertility, reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes, and to lower non-communicable diseases in children along with emerging epigenetic evidence. The use of Lifestyle Medicine to prevent and manage breast and gynecologic cancers, enhance health as part of cancer survivorship, and decrease the risk or reduce many of the symptoms and diseases experienced during menopause including vasomotor symptoms and osteoporosis are also discussed. Additionally, the text covers cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, dementia and mental health from the perspective of gender specific differences.

This book provides practical resources on implementing the components of lifestyle medicine. Some of the topics covered include models of care for women and families, reimbursement, health coaching and behavioral change, community engagement and health equity for under-resourced settings. The electronic version of the book presents supplemental material featuring in-depth reading, as well as online and digital resources for implementing Lifestyle Medicine.

The book is an evidence-based source of information on women’s health issues for health professionals already practicing lifestyle medicine, as well as an entry level textbook for those new to the field of lifestyle medicine. The collective expertise of each of the editors along with content provided by leaders within the American College of Lifestyle Medicine fills a much-needed void within the specialty of Lifestyle Medicine and is for providers of women’s health globally.


● Provides a basic overview of Lifestyle Medicine (nutrient-rich diet, exercise, stress resilience, sleep, and high-quality connections) in the care of women across the lifespan.

● Provides lifestyle-focused treatment recommendations for specific women health issues.

● Includes strategies for implementing Lifestyle Medicine with vulnerable populations and in communities.

● Summarizes key points at the close of each chapter and includes supplemental material with in-depth reading.

● Features additional resources for implementing lifestyle medicine into practice.


"This women's health book is evidence based and comprehensive. There is nothing like it. Women need up to date information about physical activity, nutrition, sleep, stress resilience, social connection and substance use. In addition, there is a desire to better understand the power of these pillars throughout a woman's life including pregnancy, menopause and the golden years. This book fills that need." 
Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, DipABLM, FACLM, President Elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
"Healthy aging begins at pre-conception. Evidence overwhelmingly shows that it’s we women who—through our lifestyle behavior choices—can take far greater control of our own health destinies, as well as the health destinies of our children and generations to come. We cannot underestimate the power of what we eat, how we move, and what we think in regard to our optimal health or lack thereof. This book is a must-read for all medical professionals!"
Susan Benigas, Executive Director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Lifestyle Medicine is the science of taking core principles and customizing how they're applied to each individual and each situation to achieve positive health behavior change. This book sets the evidence based foundation for how that process happens, and why it needs to happen, with the most important segment of health consumers - women.  It is the next for all who are passionate about changing how health care is delivered."
Wayne S. Dysinger, MD, MPH, Physician, Founder and Chair, Lifestyle Medical
“Lifestyle factors have a powerful role in chronic disease prevention, underscoring the profound control we have over our health.  Improving Women’s Health Across the Lifespan applies lifestyle medicine to women’s health, empowering women and their clinicians with the tools to transform their lives, and fostering a legacy of health for future generations.”
JoAnn E. Manson, MD, MPH, DrPH, Professor of Medicine and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health, Harvard Medical School Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor, Harvard Chan School of Public Health


chapter |2 pages


ByMichelle Tollefson, Nancy Eriksen, Neha Pathak

chapter 1|38 pages

Optimal Nutrition for Women

ByKayli Anderson, Kaitlyn Pauly, Debra Shapiro, Vera Dubovoy

chapter 2|21 pages

Physical Activity for Women

ByGinger Garner, Wendy Farnen Price

chapter 3|22 pages

Sleep and Women's Health

ByCindy Geyer

chapter 4|19 pages

Emotional Wellness and Stress Resilience

ByGia Merlo, Ariyaneh Nikbin, Hanjun Ryu

chapter 5|20 pages

Positive Psychology and Relational Connectedness

ByLiana Lianov

chapter 6|20 pages

Avoiding Risky Substances and Environmental Exposures

ByNatasha DeJarnett, Neha Pathak

chapter 7|9 pages

Models of Care for Women and Families, Reimbursement, and Telemedicine

ByHaran Sivakumar, Megan Alexander, Allison Theberge, Deepa Sannidhi

chapter 9|17 pages

Health Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, and Behavior Change in Women's Health

ByMark D. Faries, Alyssa Abreu, Sarah-Ann Keyes, Tasnim El Mezain, Jessica A. Matthews

chapter 10|14 pages

Health Equity and Women's Health in Underserved Communities

ByStacie Schmidt, Jada Bussey-Jones, Tracey L. Henry

chapter 11|7 pages

Community Engagement and Women's Health

ByCheryl True, Elisabeth Fontaine, Erin Phillips

chapter 12|7 pages

Lifestyle Medicine in the Care of Adolescent Girls

ByNeeta B. Agarwal, Michelle Dalal

chapter 13|12 pages

Menstrual Health and Lifestyle Medicine

ByKranti Dasgupta, Madeline Hardacre, Michelle Tollefson

chapter 14|14 pages

Women's Sexual Health and Lifestyle Medicine

ByMegan Alexander, Shannon Worthman, Rashmi Kudesia, Michelle Tollefson

chapter 15|14 pages

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Endometriosis, and Female Infertility

ByMahima Gulati, Joy Brotherton, Jill Chasse

chapter 16|18 pages

Lifestyle Medicine in Menopause and Bone Health

ByAmanda McKinney

chapter 17|35 pages

Preconceptual Health

ByNancy L. Eriksen, Kristi R. VanWinden, John McHugh

chapter 18|38 pages


ByNancy L. Eriksen, Kristi R. VanWinden, Anne Bingham, John McHugh

chapter 19|18 pages

Postpartum Health and Lactation

ByKristi R. VanWinden, Elizabeth Collins

chapter 20|24 pages

A Lifestyle Medicine Approach to Breast Cancer

ByAmber Orman, Dianne L. Johnson, Amy Comander, Nigel Brockton, Meghana Reddy, Gautam Krishna Koipallil

chapter 21|22 pages

Gynecologic Cancers and Lifestyle Medicine

ByNathalie D. McKenzie, Nnamdi I. Gwacham, Sarfraz Ahmad

chapter 22|14 pages

Lifestyle Medicine in Female Cancer Survivorship

ByAmber Orman, Gautam Krishna Koipallil, Meghana Reddy, Nigel Brockton, Michelle Faris, Michelle Tollefson

chapter 23|16 pages

Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolic Syndrome

ByNeha Pathak

chapter 24|17 pages

Diabetes, Overweight, and Obesity

ByJeni A. Shull Clayton

chapter 25|9 pages


ByKelly J. Freeman, D. Nicole Paddock, Cristina H. Davis

chapter 26|8 pages

Autoimmune Disorders across the Lifespan

ByMargaret A. Eagan

chapter 27|14 pages

Psychiatric Disorders in Women

ByGia Merlo, Hanjun Ryu, Ariyaneh Nikbin