New Zealand Chapter

Kia ora koutou katoa.

Led by ASLM’s first New Zealand-resident board member, Dr Glen Davies of Taupo Medical Centre, this multidisciplinary working party of dedicated health professionals is enthusiastically developing the future of Lifestyle Medicine in New Zealand.

In fact, the Kiwis have said that ASLM’s NZ membership base could overtake the Australian membership numbers very quickly.  It sounds like a very welcome traditional trans-Tasman challenge!

We’re delighted to announce ASLM’s New Zealand Chapter and the people behind it.


Prof Boyd Swinburn

Prof Boyd Swinburn


Boyd Swinburn is Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Alfred Deakin Professor with the Global Obesity Centre, Deakin University, Melbourne. He is also Co-Chair of World Obesity Policy & Prevention section (formerly International Obesity Task Force).

He trained as an endocrinologist and has conducted research in metabolic, clinical and public health aspects of obesity. His major research interests are centred on community and policy actions to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity, and reduce, what he has coined, ‘obesogenic’ environments. He is currently leading an initiative ( to monitor and benchmark food environments internationally.

He has over 350 publications related to obesity, established WHO’s first Collaborating Centre on Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in 2003, led two Lancet Series on Obesity and co-chairs the Lancet Commission on Obesity. He has been an advisor on many government committees, WHO Consultations, and large scientific studies internationally. More

“I’m delighted to accept this honorary appointment. I strongly support the work of the society to promote a multidisciplinary, whole system approach to the chronic and lifestyle-related disease problem. The society is of course a testimony to the pioneering work of Prof Garry Egger, amongst others, bringing much needed attention to modifying the social and environmental drivers of ill health.” – Prof Boyd Swinburn

Chapter working party

Dr Glen Davies


Dr Glen Davies was born in Wellington, New Zealand and trained at the Otago Medical School, 1984 to 1989. He worked as a house surgeon in Tauranga Hospital before he and his wife ventured to Papua New Guinea to work in a Mission Hospital for two years. During that time, he covered the state of emergency created by the Rabal volcanic eruption in 1994. Since then, he has spent time establishing himself in General Practice in Taupo, New Zealand and developed a passion for Lifestyle Medicine. Outside of his practice, he is a multisport and outdoor adventure enthusiast and a father to two children.

Lily Henderson

NZRD, PGDipDiet, BSc

Lily Henderson is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian and is National Nutrition Advisor at the New Zealand Heart Foundation.  Lily has 12 years of experience working in public health nutrition and has worked in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand with a wide range of population groups.  Her expertise includes nutrition policy development, communications, stakeholder engagement, program implementation, research and evaluation.  When it comes to eating for optimal health, Lily is passionate about being the voice of reason that cuts through the clutter and using evidence-based approaches to inform her work.

Peter Bowden

Dr Peter Bowden

Peter qualified in 1982 from Auckland Medical School and has spent the last 25 years in an inner city group practice. He was heir to the pharmaceutical revolution in medicine in the 1950’s and 60’s and it’s evident short comings in the 1980’s and beyond. The growing numbers of people struggling with chronic disease and the fallout from leading busy, stressful lives present a real challenge to the primary care team.

He is passionate about developing a general practice team equipped with knowledge and skills to make effective interventions for patients to meet this challenge. He has a particular interest in mindfulness and behavioural change. He sees the lifestyle movement as providing crucial resources for primary care. He is married to Sarah and they have 3 adult children

Dr Luke Wilson


Dr Luke Wilson is from Wellington, New Zealand, and is Board Certified by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. In his final year of medical school, he studied and worked in Santa Rosa, California, as an intern for Dr John McDougall at the McDougall Health and Medical Center and also alongside Dr Michael Klaper and Dr Alan Goldhamer at the True North Health Center.

After graduation, he worked at Gisborne Hospital and subsequently was co-lead researcher and creator of a community-based lifestyle intervention using whole foods plant-based nutrition. Luke founded Two Zesty Bananas with colleague Dr Matthew Hobbs in 2014. Since then he has co-authored The 21st Century Food Course, completed the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, worked part-time as a general practitioner, and spoken at events in New Zealand and Australia. He has experience helping hundreds of people transform their lives by adopting a whole foods plant-based lifestyle.

Sarah Bowden

Sarah Bowden

Sarah Bowden works as a practice manager in a 7 doctor practice in Mt Albert, Auckland, NZ. She is committed to providing a context where patients and staff are supported in making lifestyle changes that increase their enjoyment and creativity. Sarah is married to Peter and they have 3 adult children.

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