Comment and opinion from our authors and team.

1504, 2019

Dietary change: The need to look beyond the individual

By |April 15th, 2019|0 Comments

As practitioners of Lifestyle Medicine, we all understand the importance of dietary choices as a powerful determinant of health and wellbeing. Many of us will spend a significant amount of clinical contact time working both with individual patients and groups of patients with the goal of influencing their dietary [...]

804, 2019

Saving Baby Boomer’s Brains: How elevating brain health can help them to stay sharp as they age

By |April 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Ask any baby boomer what they worry about as they age and they’ll tell you: it’s about having the physical fitness to keep doing the things they love doing, having enough money to live reasonably comfortably, and their biggest concern, retaining their memory and thinking skills. With a rapidly [...]

404, 2019

Lifestyle Medicine support for bariatric patients

By |April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Overweight and obesity continues to be one of the, if not the, greatest challenge to the Australian healthcare system. The most recent data1 from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare notes that nearly two thirds of Australian adults are overweight or obese, with obesity rising, and one quarter of [...]

2603, 2019

The microbiome: A new targeted approach for treating diabetes

By |March 26th, 2019|0 Comments

People with diabetes and obesity have altered gut microbiomes, with more detrimental Firmicutes at the expense of beneficial Bacteroidetes1,2. Firmicutes are proinflammatory, promote harvesting and storage of fat and can cause glucose intolerance3. It is now recognised that the microbiome is a significant contender in the pathogenesis of many chronic [...]

1903, 2019

ASLM and the Wilson Foundation partner to deliver evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine guidelines for mental health and chronic disease

By |March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

The Australasian of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) is delighted to announce their recent partnership with the Wilson Foundation. Mental illness is an increasing major public health concern. The General Practice: Health of the Nation Report 2018, found that mental health issues remain the most common single reason patients visit their [...]

803, 2019

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands…

By |March 8th, 2019|0 Comments

A Chinese proverb states, “Sometimes your happiness is the cause of your smile, but sometimes your smile is the cause of your happiness.” Intriguingly, studies have actually shown that “facial feedback1” is a real phenomenon and the act of smiling does increase positive affect! What the proverb intuitively hints [...]

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|1 Comment

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 [...]