We’re delighted to share news of the formation of the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance (LMGA). This initiative demonstrates an unrivalled collaboration of thirteen Lifestyle Medicine colleges and societies around the world and growing, coming together to share knowledge and best practices, and to more compellingly convey the power of the lifestyle medicine story – a story of health, hope and healing for one and all in the face of the global pandemic of non-communicable disease.

We’re excited to be involved and proud of this cohesive and purposeful movement to change the current ‘healthcare’ paradigm for the better.  Here’s Dr Margarete Ezwina, Executive Director of the LMGA, introducing the brand new organisation to delegates at Lifestyle Medicine 2016 in Melbourne:

N. Margarete Ezinwa MD, MPH

Dr Margarete Ezinwa received her medical degree from The University of Auckland, New Zealand, before completing residency training in Family Medicine at Franklin Square, and Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins including fellowships at the World Health Organization where she worked with a multidisciplinary team creating International Partnerships for Patient Safety and strengthening the network of the WHO global collaborating centers, the Office of Global Research at the National Institute of Health where she initiated collaboration between New Zealand the the USA, especially in the area of OneHealth and looked at the problem of calorie rich micronutrient poor nutrition in the Cook Islands of the South Pacific and Center for a Livable Future where she worked with food policy groups identifying leverage points for health within the American food system.

Currently as Assistant Professor in Preventive and Family Medicine at Loma Linda University she combines her passions for assisting patients in lifestyle change for the treatment and prevention of Non-communicable disease at an underserved clinic for San Bernardino Department of Public Heath, and teaching the next generation of Preventive and Family Medicine Residents global-local medicine.

As Director of Global Strategic planning, she brings her skills and enthusiasm in working towards the eradication of non-communicable disease through global collaboration, promoting simple sustainable lifestyle change.