About Lifestyle Medicine

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


Physical Activity

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

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.

Stress Management

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

Avoidance of Risky Substances

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

Restorative Sleep

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

Positive Social Connections

Positive moments of social connection correlate with positive physiological responses.


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What is Lifestyle Medicine?



We provide CPD accredited education for medical and health professionals to support the integration of Lifestyle Medicine into their practices

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International Board Certification

Obtaining Board Certification from the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine demonstrates your competency in Lifestyle Medicine to an internationally recognised standard.

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Join the Lifestyle Medicine movement and support us to advocate for a change in healthcare so together we can address the underlying drivers of non-communicable diseases in South Africa.

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Find a Certified Lifestyle Medicine Health Professional 

Lifestyle medicine certified clinicians have specialised knowledge in the practice of lifestyle medicine. They are trained to apply evidence-based, whole-person, prescriptive lifestyle change to treat and, when used intensively, often reverse chronic conditions including, but not limited to obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. 


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The Positive Effects of Lifestyle Medicine on Mental Health

In recent years, lifestyle medicine has gained significant recognition as an effective approach to improving overall health. This emerging field emphasizes the use of evidence-based lifestyle interventions, such as nutrition, physical activity, stress management,...

Mango and Ginger Smoothie Recipe

By Amanda Oakes-Cornellissen Ingredients (Serves 3-4 people) 1 cup frozen mango 1 cup soya milk 3 T grated ginger 1/2 t turmeric powder (or freshly grated) 1 frozen banana 4 Medjool dates 1 T lemon juice Method Soak the Medjool dates in the soya milk for 10 minutes in...

Cocoa Power Pancakes

Cocoa powder is made by crushing cocoa beans and removing the cocoa butter. It is extremely high in antioxidants and polyphenols and as a result, has been found in some studies to increase nitric oxide release, lower blood pressure, and reduce diabetes risks. These...

Homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce

The longest debate in food over tomatoes; is it a fruit or a vegetable? According to Britanica, its actually both! No matter their classification, they are utterly diverse and nutritious. They are low in calories, cholesterol-free, and high in Potassium, Vitamin A,...