Blog 2019-02-07T10:41:31+00:00


Comment and opinion from our authors and team.

1202, 2019

Postgraduate courses in Lifestyle Medicine: Study online with Avondale College

By | February 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Do you want to gain a comprehensive understanding of Lifestyle Medicine, and develop the necessary skills to apply Lifestyle Medicine principles for the management and treatment of chronic diseases in clinical and community settings? Avondale College of Higher Education is the only Australian institution that offers tertiary pathways in [...]

702, 2019

The impact of dietary changes on symptoms of depression and anxiety [Commentary]

By | February 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Several Australian researchers recently completed a meta-analysis of the impact of dietary changes on symptoms of depression and anxiety. The original article, “The effects of dietary improvement on symptoms of depression and anxiety: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials”, can be located here. It’s also been reported by lifestyle [...]

3001, 2019

Reinventing the wheel for chronic disease management

By | January 30th, 2019|0 Comments

Move more, eat less. We have all heard it before. These health messages have been widely propagated but have proven to be quite ineffective1. As practitioners, we keep preaching to patients’ things they already know, and then bang our heads against the wall when they haven’t done as we advise. [...]

1001, 2019

Behind the scenes at the ASLM strategic planning meeting and exciting funding news!

By | January 10th, 2019|0 Comments

What does a full day strategic planning meeting of the ASLM board and management team look like? Certainly, the table gets messy! Pictured are 9 board members and 2 senior staff.  Not pictured are the remaining 3 board members (2 attending by Zoom and myself as camera person). Three and a [...]

1912, 2018

The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine becomes organisational member of the True Health Initiative [Media Release]

By | December 19th, 2018|0 Comments

On 19 December 2018, the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine officially joined the True Health Initiative (THI), a global voice for Lifestyle Medicine. THI exists to make the fundamental truths about healthy, sustainable living and eating, common knowledge; shifting the global understanding of practices that most likely help people [...]

2911, 2018

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

By | November 29th, 2018|4 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 [...]