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Lifestyle as medicine has the potential to prevent up to 80% of chronic disease. No other medicine can match that. David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP. had a stand at the recent Australasian Lifestyle Medicine conference held in Auckland. The value of a plant-based diet was a major theme in the conference sessions. The conference food followed the plant-based theme and was delicious. Well done chef.

The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) is a multidisciplinary society working towards improved prevention, management, and treatment of chronic, complex and lifestyle-related conditions.  ‘Lifestyle-related’ includes environmental, societal, behavioural and other factors.

ASLM members include GPs and medical specialists, allied health practitioners, public health professionals, educators and researchers.  In practical terms, Lifestyle Medicine involves a range of professionals working together to address physical inactivity, poor diet or nutrition, smoking, alcohol overconsumption, chronic stress, anxiety, poor or inadequate sleep, social isolation, loss of culture and identity, exposures to toxins, and other influences of society and environment.

Read more about plant-based diets on pages 9 and 10 of: EAT Lancet Commission Summary Report.

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