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South African Lifestyle Medicine Association

SALMA aims to establish and expand the practice of Lifestyle Medicine in South Africa by providing resources, facilitating certification and providing support to its members.


What is Lifestyle Medicine?

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Physical Activity

Recommendations support 75 -300 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week.

Stress Management

Mind-body and cognitive behavioral therapies have been associated with improvements in immune function, chronic pain, anxiety and depression.

Restorative Sleep

The recommended hours of sleep are 7-8 hours each night.

Plant-Based Diet

Lifestyle Medicine supports the use of a whole food plant-based diet as treatment for lifestyle-related chronic disease, which increases the intake of nutrient dense, antioxidant rich foods.

Avoidance of Risky Substances

The presence of an addiction or risky use doubles the risk of chronic diseases.

Positive Social Connections

Positive moments of social connection correlate with positive physiological responses.

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Addressing Chronic Lifestyle Diseases

Lifestyle medicine aims to prevent, treat and, as much as possible, reverse lifestyle-related chronic diseases by using evidence-based approaches to tackle risk factors that often lead to lifestyle-related disease.

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Certification in Lifestyle Medicine gives medical practitioners the knowledge to help address the causes of non-communicable diseases and work with their patients to proactively prevent, treat and occasionally reverse lifestyle-related disease.

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SALMA Membership is open to all medical and allied health practitioners who share an ambition of eradicating non-communicable diseases through addressing the root causes.  

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Find a Certified Health Professional

Find a certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician or Health Professional near you to learn more about how to change your lifestyle to prevent or treat disease.


If you missed our Webinar on 'How to Certify', watch it here:

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Contact Info


+27 39 6821414

15 Reynolds St., Port Shepstone 4240, South Africa

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