Posts: Lifestyle Medicine

14 11, 2018

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

By | 2018-11-20T13:07:16+00:00 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 to convene the very […]

26 10, 2018

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

By | 2018-10-26T07:20:15+00:00 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 a short period of time.

Now, for […]

18 10, 2018

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

By | 2018-10-18T15:43:42+00:00 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.  

Back in the early 1990’s, when I […]

9 10, 2018

How Lifestyle Medicine addresses weight stigma: World Obesity Day 2018

By | 2018-10-10T11:10:17+00:00 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 about the […]

1 10, 2018

Lifestyle Medicine strategies to enhance sleep

By | 2018-10-01T12:16:23+00:00 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 Australians frequently suffered from inadequate sleep2. Sleep […]

26 09, 2018

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

By | 2018-10-17T10:19:37+00:00 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 pull them into deep water, much like […]

15 06, 2018

Occupational Therapy and Lifestyle Medicine – a match made in heaven

By | 2018-07-13T14:37:41+00:00 June 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Does anyone really know what an OT does? It’s always the same response when you say to someone that you are an Occupational Therapist. That kind of vague confusion of what on earth is that! Unfortunately, it is an extremely undersold and undervalued profession that has taken a seat in the back stalls for a […]

16 04, 2018

Is New Zealand ideally placed to lead the Lifestyle Medicine revolution?

By | 2018-04-17T07:55:50+00:00 April 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Dr Glen Davies from Taupo Medical Centre certainly thinks so.

“We, in New Zealand, are bulk funded – allowing us to look after our enrolled population in the way each practice or practitioner feels best.

Specifically, Shared Medical Appointments fit more easily into the NZ model, as there is no need to persuade […]

27 03, 2018

Dietitians as advocates for Lifestyle Medicine – an opportunity not to be missed!

By | 2018-03-27T15:57:28+00:00 March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

By Shivaun Conn, Dr Kate Marsh, Dr Flavia Fayet-Moore, and Dr Cameron McDonald (Accredited Practising Dietitians and Board Members of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine)

The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2020, three quarters of all deaths will be the result of chronic diseases1. The top four modifiable risk factors for chronic diseases include […]

27 03, 2018

Dr Kate Marsh on Lifestyle Medicine in Australasia

By | 2018-04-04T11:18:35+00:00 March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

This brief interview was recorded in August 2016 at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. Dr Kate Marsh, Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator, shares with us the value of Lifestyle Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes management and prevention and the importance of a plant-based diet for preventing chronic disease.

Find […]