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?
Pillars of Change
Recommendations support 75 -300 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week.
Mind-body and cognitive behavioral therapies have been associated with improvements in immune function, chronic pain, anxiety and depression.
The recommended hours of sleep are 7-8 hours each night.
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.
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.
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.
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.