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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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,...

Brainfood Smoothie

This smoothie is packed with foods that promote brain health, such as blueberries and spinach which are full of antioxidants, chia seeds which are a great source of omega-3s, and soy which is full of isoflavones that reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Ingredients:...

Cold Water Immersion – Worth the Chill?

By Dr Yakira Mishan As someone who detests cold water, it feels like not a day goes by without someone telling me how a cold water immersion (CWI) will do everything from manage my stress to aid in muscle recovery and of course, prevent aging. So while the idea of...

Creamy Tofu Scramble

  Soy is an incredibly health-promoting food, and scrambled tofu is a great way to get in your daily serving of tofu. Read more about the health benefits of soy in our blog post.     Ingredients: 100g silken tofu 50g cherry tomatoes (optional) Handful...

Do the Estrogens in Soy Cause Breast Cancer?

Author: Dr Roxanne Becker There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding soy. This fear-mongering began once it was discovered that soy has isoflavones, which are classified as phytoestrogens (or plant estrogens), due to their ability to bind to estrogen...