The Future of Medicine is You!

  • The mission of the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute (RLMI) is to transform health in the Rochester area by spreading the word about the benefits of a plant-based diet, applying the principles and practice of lifestyle medicine, and offering a model of a healthy community to the rest of the country.
  • In the spirit of this season of compassion, please give the gift of health to yourself, your fellow humans, and the planet we all share by making a donation to RLMI.
  • Each dollar you donate to RLMI will make a difference, and will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor through the end of 2018!!

Your contribution will help us continue the programs which enable you to take charge of your own health!

  • 15-Day Jumpstart Program – Lower cholesterol, improve blood sugar, lose weight and feel great in just 2 weeks!
  • Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) – CHIP is an 18-week lifestyle intervention program developed over 25 years at Loma Linda University. Our patients love CHIP!
  • 6-Week Nutrition Course – Learn how to embrace a Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet (Physicians can receive professional credit.)
  • Active Lifestyle / Move Program – Physical activity coaching in partnership with Genesee Valley Physical Therapy (GVPT)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Individual and Group Nutritional Counseling – with Liz Kirk, RDN, CDN (SilverStreamRD)
  • Lifestyle as Medicine Lecture Series – Distinguished professionals from across the U.S. share their expertise in talks given at the Rochester Academy of Medicine.
  • Lifestyle Medicine Consultation – Schedule an evaluation with one of our medical providers today!


RLMI Fundraising Drive

Upcoming CHIP program:

Begins Tuesday February 5, 2019
Ends:  Tuesday July 9, 2019

Free CHIP Information Session:

Tuesday December 11, 2018 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Current CHIP Program:

Began: Thursday October 25, 2018
Ends: Thursday April 11, 2019
Welcome to the Complete Health Improvement Program!
CHIP is an evidence-based, scientifically proven lifestyle education program that can help prevent, arrest, and even reverse chronic lifestyle diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

CHIP provides the information, motivation and group support over a series of 18 sessions to help participants make positive changes. Participants learn how to enjoy a healthy whole-food plant based diet, increase physical activity, and manage stress. Over 65,000 people have benefited from CHIP in the last 25 years, and you can be next!

Five Rochester area doctors have recently been awarded their board-certification in Lifestyle Medicine!

Please Click here to meet our newly board-certified doctors and the rest of our amazing staff.

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Do you want to feel better than you’ve felt in a long time?
Are you tired of being prescribed medicine as a band-aid approach to better health?
By eating the right foods, you can improve, arrest, and even reverse chronic lifestyle diseases, such as:
  • Obesity/overweight
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Early prostate cancer
  • Heartburn
Our medically-supervised CHIP programs offer a supportive environment to inspire happy, healthy people and communities.
Take charge of your own well-being, and you may see great results such as:
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Improved mood
  • Normal blood sugar
  • More energy
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Weight loss
  • Lower medication costs
  • Better sleep
Let Rochester Lifestyle Medicine help
you take control of your health.
We are a team of over 40 Rochester-area
doctors and medical professionals
dedicated to helping individuals improve their
health through making lifestyle changes. 

Meet our Founder and CEO

Ted BarnettTed Barnett, MD

The High-Tech Doctor, with Low-Tech Solutions

Click here to meet the rest of our team

Upcoming Events:

15-Day Jumpstarts

Lifestyle as Medicine Lecture Series

CHIP Information Sessions:

  • CHIP Info Session
    Tue Dec 11 2018, ‎06‎:‎30‎ ‎pm EDT
    Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute
  • CHIP Info Session
    Tue Jan 29 2019, ‎06‎:‎30‎ ‎pm EDT
    Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute

We will advocate only lifestyle changes that are affordable and accessible.

We will always be aware of the need to reach out to those least likely to seek our help.

We will promote only educational services.

We will not sell products such as supplements, vitamins, or equipment.

Are you ready to get healthy and be part of a thriving community? Learn about a new lifestyle program that can benefit you!

CHIP Revolution

We understand that it will take a revolution to change the unhealthy habits of our community. That’s why we’ve created our CHIP Revolution program, designed around our core CHIP curriculum.

Learn about our CHIP Revolution program.


We know that many people will need ongoing support to help them stick with the CHIP Principles they acquired during the first year of the CHIP Revolution. CHAMP, the CHIP Alumni Maintenance Program, was created to fill that need.

Learn about our CHAMP program.

Lifestyle as Medicine
Lecture Series

The series will resume again in the spring of 2017.

Dr. Chad Teeters, Chief of Cardiology at Highland Hospital opened up the fall series with “But Nobody Will Do That!”: Treating Heart Disease With Plant-Based Nutrition.

Past speakers have included Drs. Michael Greger, Neal Barnard, Caldwell Esselstyn, Michael Klaper, Thomas Campbell, Chad Teeters, and Joel Kahn.

Our Programs and Events

FREE Information Session

Our next one will be scheduled soon!

Learn more about our CHIP Revolution program in this free session.

CHIP Revolution Programs

Our next ones will be scheduled soon!

One year program with 3 month intensive lifestyle intervention.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Always ongoing.
Always fun!

We host frequent events, including yoga, cooking classes and CME courses.

Upcoming Events

Click on event for more information and for registration.
Click here to see our entire calendar!