“Lifestyle as medicine has the potential to prevent up to 80% of chronic disease. No other medicine can match that.” (Dr David Katz)
Chronic and lifestyle-related conditions are a substantial global, national and individual health issue, now responsible for around 70% of deaths worldwide. What’s more, our healthcare system is rapidly becoming unsustainable under the strain of the chronic and lifestyle-related disease epidemic.
In order to address this growing burden, we must actively and effectively deal with the root causes of the problem. Many chronic conditions – the most common including cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory conditions, chronic musculoskeletal conditions, diabetes and mental health conditions- share common risk factors that are largely preventable or treatable.
Lifestyle Medicine is transforming the way we manage, treat and prevent chronic conditions by addressing these behavioural, social and environmental drivers; the modifiable aspects of the whole person (physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual), health behaviours, environment, and other circumstances. This is underpinned by an enhancement of self-empowerment and self-efficacy to manage and improve our own health.
Importantly, Lifestyle Medicine also recognises the upstream determinants of disease; promoting health equity, environmental sustainability, social justice and corporate responsibility. As a result, it recognises that not one health discipline or profession alone can meet our health needs. Instead, Lifestyle Medicine emphasises the essentiality of an interdisciplinary approach to health and healthcare, which shifts away from siloed practice and creates a genuinely collaborative means through which complex problems can be solved.
As a multidisciplinary society that supports an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare, ASLM offers equal membership, education and professional development to doctors, allied health practitioners, public health professionals, researchers and educators.
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- Lifestyle Medicine: Lifestyle, the Environment and Preventive Medicine in Health and Disease, 3rd edition (Egger, Binns, Rössner, & Sagner, 2017)
- Lifestyle Medicine: A manual for clinical practice (Mechanick & Kushner, 2016)
- Lifestyle Medicine, 2nd edition, Edited by James M. Rippe (Lifestyle Medicine, 2013)
- Lifestyle Medicine Handbook: An introduction to the power of healthy habits (Frates, Bonnet, Joseph, & Peterson, 2018)
- Lifestyle medicine: The ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of a developing discipline (Egger, 2019)
- The role of Australian primary health care in the prevention of chronic disease (Harris & Lloyd, 2012)
- The emergence of “lifestyle medicine” as a structured approach for management of chronic disease (Egger, Binns, & Rössner, 2009)
- Beyond Obesity and Lifestyle: A Review of 21st Century Chronic Disease Determinants (Egger & Dixon, 2014)
- The art and science of chronic disease management come together in a lifestyle-focused approach to primary care (Egger, Katz, Sagner, Dixon, & Stevens, 2014)
- Lifestyle Medicine potential for reversing a world of chronic disease epidemics: from cell to community (Sagner et al., 2014)
- Physician Competencies for Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine (Lianov & Johnson, 2010)
- Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine (free registration required) (Lianov, 2011)
- Act-Belong-Commit: Lifestyle Medicine for keeping mentally healthy (Donovan & Anwar-McHenry, 2016)
- TIME: It’s Time to Embrace Lifestyle Medicine (Ornish, 2015) (login required) or summary here
- CardioBuzz: ‘Lifestyle Medicine’ (Ornish, 2014)
- Lifestyle medicine expert, Garry Egger, shares some insight into our affluent society (Dapin, 2013)
- Lifestyle as Medicine: Culture, Collusion and Pseudo-Confusion (Katz, 2015)
- The magic pill (Campolonghi, 2017)
- Lifestyle Medicine: Guidelines Support Lifestyle Changes First (Nadolsky & Nadolsky, 2015)
- Healthcare Leaders Release Joint Statement in Support of Lifestyle Medicine to Reduce Chronic Disease (American College of Preventative Medicine (ACPM), 2016
- Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013-2020 (World Health Organization (WHO), n.d.)
- To fix human health, focus on ecosystems (Smalley-Monash, 2015)
- Blue Zones – where people live the longest (Blue Zones, 2019)
- The transformative power of Lifestyle Medicine by Dr Dean Ornish (21:21 minutes) Presentation link
- Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the causes of disease (5:35 minutes)
- Lifestyle Medicine is the standard of care for prediabetes (3:41 minutes)
- Your genes are not your fate by Dr Dean Ornish (3:00 minutes)
- The art of Lifestyle Medicine by Howard Napper (TED Talk) (12:44 minutes)
- Convincing doctors to embrace Lifestyle Medicine (3:19 minutes)
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