Blog 2018-11-07T12:48:44+00:00


Comment and opinion from our authors and team.

2911, 2018

Are our lack of cooking skills at the root cause of lifestyle diseases?

By | November 29th, 2018|0 Comments

In my clinical practice and through my interactions with social and occupational groups, I have observed a growing number of people who don’t know how to cook and a decreasing value placed on a good “home cooked” meal. People are often reaching for convenience foods, take aways, frozen meals [...]

2711, 2018

Professor Boyd Swinburn at Lifestyle Medicine 2018

By | November 27th, 2018|0 Comments

The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine is proud to be a member of the recently formed Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA); an umbrella organisation comprising of 25 health groups and 55 health professors committed to reducing harm from tobacco, alcohol, and unhealthy food. Currently, unhealthy diets, high BMI, tobacco, and alcohol [...]

2211, 2018

Health literacy in professional practice for type 2 diabetes

By | November 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Health literacy is a vital component of self-management. Clients who are unable to understand, interpret and act upon health care information will have minimal success in maintaining control of their disease or condition. This is particularly true for Type 2 Diabetes as there are complex actions required on a [...]

1411, 2018

The global impact of Lifestyle Medicine and what it means for you

By | November 14th, 2018|0 Comments

A small contingent of delegates from Australia and New Zealand recently joined 1200 attendees from 35 countries at the largest ever conference of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) in Indianapolis. Three weeks later, a much smaller gathering of 130 delegates from around 30 countries met in Geneva [...]

1411, 2018

How Lifestyle Medicine can prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes: World Diabetes Day 2018

By | November 14th, 2018|0 Comments

World Diabetes Day, held annually on November 14, was created in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. Today, diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. But by adopting healthy lifestyles, including consuming a nutritious diet [...]

811, 2018

Type 2 diabetes and nutrition

By | November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

The relationship between diabetes and nutrition is often oversimplified and equated with an excess of ‘sugar’ or glucose in the diet, by clinicians and laypeople alike. Unfortunately, this widely held belief and the resulting dietary choices are contributing to the current epidemic of type 2 diabetes and poor outcomes [...]

2610, 2018

What is Lifestyle Medicine and how do I get it from my GP?

By | October 26th, 2018|0 Comments

For many centuries medical treatment has been sought mostly for “acute” problems – acute means an illness with trauma, pain, fever, or infection which requires an immediate diagnosis and treatment. Once correctly treated, usually with medication or surgery, most acute illnesses will resolve, with return to normal functioning in [...]

1810, 2018

Plant-based diets as therapy: Do they work, and if so, why?

By | October 18th, 2018|0 Comments

The aim of this article is to present evidence for the use of plant-based diets as therapy, so that practitioners can appreciate the value of adding plant-based dietary therapy to their Lifestyle Medicine toolkit and offering this as an alternative or adjunct to other medical treatment.   [...]

1810, 2018

The Truth About Food: New book by Dr David L. Katz

By | October 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Founder and President of the True Health Initiative, and one of the worlds’ leading authorities on Lifestyle Medicine, health promotion and the prevention of chronic disease, Dr David Katz, has recently published a new book; The Truth About Food. The Truth About Food explores what we know about diet and [...]

1010, 2018

Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine supports call to get #KidsOffNauru [Media Release]

By | October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Over the last few days, countless peak medical organisations, including ASLM, have joined the Australian Medical Association and called for the PM to get #KidsOffNauru. Stephen Penman, ASLM's Executive Director says, "It would be near impossible to live in this country and be unaware of the abuse of human rights [...]

910, 2018

How Lifestyle Medicine addresses weight stigma: World Obesity Day 2018

By | October 9th, 2018|0 Comments

[Image courtesy of the World Obesity Federation] Launched in 2015, World Obesity Day aims to stimulate and support practical solutions to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and to reverse the obesity epidemic currently facing our health system. In 2018, the campaign is focused on raising awareness [...]

110, 2018

Lifestyle Medicine strategies to enhance sleep

By | October 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Sleep has a number of health benefits, including memory and learning1. Lack of sleep impairs judgement, impacts longevity and safety, and increases the risk of a number of diseases including obesity, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, mood disorders and impaired immune function1. A recent report found that four in 10 [...]

2609, 2018

Managing lifestyle health changes with a depressed, anxious or stressed client

By | September 26th, 2018|0 Comments

It’s not uncommon for those seeking to make health behaviour changes like losing weight, increasing activity and exercise, modifying diet or reducing alcohol consumption, to be simultaneously managing psychological health and wellbeing issues. In fact, very often, our clients have become caught in a circular pattern which threatens to [...]

2409, 2018

Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine named NGO of the Year at PRIME Awards [Media release]

By | September 24th, 2018|0 Comments

In recognition of excellence in improving the health of Australians, the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) was awarded NGO of the Year at the 2018 PRIME Awards in Sydney, on Thursday 20th September. [Members of the ASLM board and management team accepting the award on Thursday night pictured above]. [...]

1909, 2018

Standing and moving

By | September 19th, 2018|0 Comments

It is well known now that sitting is the new smoking when it comes to bad lifestyle habits. It is a silent killer that is wreaking havoc and putting people at high risk of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, postural problems and early death. We have created a [...]

1209, 2018

Board Certification in Lifestyle Medicine Growing in Australasia [Media release]

By | September 12th, 2018|0 Comments

[Pictured: Candidates sitting the 2018 IBLM Board Certification Examination held on Monday 20 August in Brisbane, Australia] The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine has announced that in 2018, 36 medical doctors, and five PhD/Masters level professionals, have been certified by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine (IBLM). A further [...]

1109, 2018

‘Eat whole foods, mostly plant-based’: What does this actually mean?

By | September 11th, 2018|0 Comments

This simple, yet effective mantra is derived from Michael Pollan’s best-selling book In Defence of Food1 (the original quote being ‘Eat food, not too much, mostly plants’). If you haven’t read that book, then the ‘Eat food’ part of the statement is a little confusing. Isn’t everything that we [...]

2908, 2018

Lifestyle Medicine 2018 in review

By | August 29th, 2018|0 Comments

With the overarching theme of ‘Enhancing health, Evolving care’, the third international conference on Lifestyle Medicine in science, health policy and clinical practice to be held in Australasia certainly was enriching! Approximately 550 delegates converged in Brisbane, Australia, to explore contemporary topics in Lifestyle Medicine, including personalised medicine, nutrigenomics, [...]

2908, 2018

Lifestyle Medicine 2018 Awards: ASLM Fellowship and Scientific Abstracts

By | August 29th, 2018|0 Comments

We are delighted to announce some of the next cohort of dedicated Lifestyle Medicine professionals who were awarded the ASLM Fellowship at Lifestyle Medicine 2018, during the Sunday afternoon Plenary. Pictured from left: ASLM President, Dr Sam Manger, and Fellowship awardees: Mark Donohoe (GP) Desre Arnold [...]