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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Mexican Chargrilled Corn Salad 

Mexican Chargrilled Corn Salad 

Mexican Chargrilled Corn Salad     MEXICAN CHARGRILLED CORN SALAD by Dr Caela Van Niekerk Ingredients: - 6 x corn cobs, husks removed - 1 x bunch of fresh coriander (approximately 30g), finely chopped leaves & stalks - 1 x red onion/spring onion, very...

BSLM conference 2023 report

Author: Dr Megan Michaux The BSLM conference theme for 2023 was “People, Places, Planet”. It emphasized the importance of lifestyle medicine as a plan of action going forward to promote health for individuals, communities, and the environment. I was very grateful for...

The power of fibre

The power of fibre

The Power of fibre ( delicious soup recipe included) by Dr Eden Lurie   Let’s talk about fibre. Fiber is a type of plant based carbohydrate that is not able to be broken down and digested by our body, so it passes all the way to the large intestine where it is...

Reversing Diabetes with Diet

Author: Dr Roxanne Becker Introduction Though it may seem like just a first-world problem, type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a huge burden in the South African healthcare system. According to South African data published in 2022, of over 6000 individuals screened, 67% were...

Pink Lentil and Carrot Soup

Pink Lentil and Carrot Soup

Pink Lentil and Carrot Soup by Amanda Oakes-Cornellissen   This simple soup is packed with flavour, protein and anti-oxidants. It works as a starter, a main course with some bread or even a midafternoon snack. Recipe serves 4 Ingredients: 1 packet of pink lentils...

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal

By Dr Yakira Mishan This is a delicious and filling plant-based breakfast which is ideal for a colder winter's morning. The oats are packed with fibre and naturally aid in lowering cholesterol. The apples are a tasty and hearty addition but are also packed with fibre...