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Conferences Qualified as ABLM/ACLM In-person CME

For topics covered on all our programs, see "Core Topic Areas-- P-POD's Unique Curriculum", below on the bottom of this page.

Big 2023 Surprise #1 Is Revealed:
Keynote Speaker, Newark NJ, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 Is

Michelle McMacken, MD FACP DipABLM

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ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS (and more are coming!)
Our speakers are distinguished clinicians, researchers and educators.
There were 41 speakers in 3 conferences in 2022.  The image below shows just the first 1
6 speakers named for our next conference, scheduled for Sat. Sept. 30 - Mon. Oct. 2, 2023, Newark NJ and virtually.


Please note that except for what is shown in the image above, details are not yet ready to publish for 2023.  Information just below in the "BASIC INFORMATION" section applies to the previous October 2022 conference, for your reference.

(October 2022) P-POD Lifestyle Med. 15-15-15

Basic Conf. Info



  • Registration for the October 2022 conference is open.

  • There will be 15 educational hours, excluding breaks, for October.

  • Extreme Earlybird prices LOCKED IN for October are:   $447 Physicians, $359 Other Professionals, $316 Public, $239 Students.   October also has a livestreamed virtual registration option locked in at:  $357 Physicians, $297 Other Professionals, $261 Public, $189 Students.

  • The charts of these prices, discounts for certain groups, etc. are  shown at our Registration page.

  • The October virtual option is NOT qualified for ABLM / ACLM in-person CME for exam-takers, and we do not expect this to change.

  • October's schedule opens Saturday 10:15 am Eastern / 7:15 am Pacific and ends Sunday 5:35 pm Eastern / 2:35 pm Pacific.

  • Plant-based meals from Saturday lunch to Sunday lunch are included in registration.  Sunday's farewell dinner at 5:35 pm Eastern is an extra-cost option (boxed-to-go may be possible too).

  • Details about location, travel and P-POD-arranged hotels are at our Venue page.

COVID-19 and Public Health Measures

For all 2022 conferences, we are implementing all appropriate science-based COVID-19-related public health precautions / controls applicable at the time, including vaccination requirements and on-site measures.  October 2022 attendees are agreeing during registration to support such measures we deem necessary.  Our October speakers conducted a thoughtful detailed review of our policies in light of recent CDC data and other factors, and collectively favored continuing our May/June protocols.  Thus, October participants are being given a secured web address for uploading a record of either 2 rounds of a Pfizer / Moderna vaccine or the single round of a Johnson and Johnson vaccine (or comparable approved regimen for another country of residence).  Public health realities also justify our utilizing masking most of the time on Oct. 22-23.  Please do not travel to P-POD if you have been exposed to the virus or have COVID-like symptoms.  Thank you for collectively supporting our community's safety.  Our COVID-19 policies and on-site precautions are shown in detail at

Continuing Education Credits Are Disclosed in Detail

Please see all information at our CE page.  Also, a quick summary relevant to Lifestyle Medicine credentialing is right here, just below.

Lifestyle Medicine 2022

Lifestyle Medicine Credentialing

There is a 10 hour "in-person CME" prerequisite of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine for taking their annual ABLM/ACLM Diplomate examinations.  All P-POD conferences starting in 2018 have been approved as meeting this requirement.  In all "normal years", only in-person conferences and NOT virtual conferences qualify to meet this requirement.  Only during the catastrophic and/or chaotically uncertain pandemic-related conditions of 2020 and 2021 did ABLM decree that comparable virtual conferences could be approvable to meet this requirement.  Therefore we state that our virtual simulcast livestream registration options for our Oct. 22-23, 2022 conference will NOT qualify for this.  We hope that societal conditions in 2022 are not so adverse as to force the overturning of all these expectations yet again.

For persons who are already Lifestyle Medicine Diplomates:  If you are using the Maintenance of Certification plan that requires 30 Continuing Medical Education credits in the 5 years after your credentialing, then the CME credits approved for ALL P-POD Conferences (in-person OR virtual) will count toward your 30 hour requirement.

All other lifestyle medicine certifying requirements are described HERE or HERE.

Core Topic Areas

Core Topic Areas

P-POD's Unique Curriculum, Covered at All Conferences

Our longtime theme "The Future of Healthcare Begins with Nutrition" and our broad focus on Lifestyle Medicine have led to the following innovative P-POD curriculum, updated again for 2023.  We seek to meet the extremely high standard of representing EACH one of the following important subject areas in one way or another at EACH future P-POD Conference:

  • Promoting healthful behaviors at the community-program and primary-care levels

  • Cancer prevention and survivorship

  • Cardiovascular health and disease

  • Diabetes prevention or reversal

  • Exercise physiology, and movement in daily lifestyle

  • Health equity, vulnerable populations, and access disparities for care and nutritious-food

  • Kidney health and chronic kidney disease

  • Mental and brain health

  • Microbiota / gut health and dysbiosis / gut-brain axis / immune homeostasis and autoimmunity

  • Pediatrics

  • Plant-based nutrition as a practical resource in chronic disease prevention/reversal

  • Restorative (sleep, social connection) and degrading (chronic stress, risky substances) lifestyle factors

  • Women's health

Note that Lifestyle Medicine's Six "Pillars" are embedded throughout the above:  healthful eating of whole plant-based food;  beneficial physical activity;  strategies to manage stress;  forming and maintaining relationships;  improving sleep;  avoiding risky substances.

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