Over 200 doctors, scientists and other health professionals will gather for a three-day conference centering on lifestyle medicine at Auckland’s Grand Millennium Hotel from tomorrow.

Organised by the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) and partner organisations, participants include both Australian and New Zealand medical professionals including former New Zealander of the Year, Dr Lance O’Sullivan.

This is the fourth conference of its type and includes a heavyweight list of leaders in medicine, science and health policy from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

The conference will focus on translational research and innovation in practice. Generally, lifestyle medicine promotes prevention, early intervention, self-management, modification and dare we say it, even reversal of some chronic conditions,” says ASLM president, Dr Sam Manger.

One of the three Masters of Ceremonies for the event is Dr Caroline West one of Australia’s most respected and well-known media doctors. With an extensive background as a journalist in television, online media and print journalism, she is currently the host of Ask the Doctor and Catalyst on ABC TV.

The event also includes New Zealand’s own rising whole food plant-based star, Dr Mark Craig, will make a presentation on the effects of a whole food plant-based diet in Multiple Sclerosis early tomorrow afternoon.
In the same session Wellington based Dr Luke Wilson, also a strong WFPB advocate, will take a look at plant-based interventions and outcomes.

The conference is broadly based and in the same session, Dr Roy Hardman, will consider the effects of a of adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet and healthy lifestyle on cognitive functioning in independently living older individuals.

One of the final workshop sessions on the first day explores current research evidence and the potential clinical application of a range of interventions, including: sauna, heat/light and hydrotherapy, nature and horticulture, animal-based therapies and breathing techniques.

The conference will discuss everything from good gut health to reversing type 2 diabetes and mental health to Focussed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – FACT for short. This workshop looks in depth at the challenges of changing health behaviour from different perspectives. It will include stories, case studies, tried and tested strategies, tips and advice for practitioners keen to get patients to change their health habits.

The full concert program includes a total of nine workshop sessions on Friday followed by an opening plenary event on Friday night that focuses on the Brain and Biome with Ted type talks by Prof Julia Rucklidge (NZ), Prof Wayne Cutfield (NZ), Dr Alena Pribyl (AU), Dr Kiran Krishnan (USA) and Prof Felice Jacka (Au).

The keynote address on Friday night will be presented by Prof Boyd Swinburn and is titled, The Global Syndemic: Joining up obesity, undernutrition and climate change.

Saturday is the main day of the conference and opens with the keynote address titled,  ‘Transforming from desperation by disruption’ being delivered by Dr Lance O’Sullivan.

We’ll Be There!

Whole Food Living is attending this event and will be writing followup articles and posting on social media during the conference itself.

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