According to the Australian Journal of General Practice, Lifestyle Medicine has been defined as, “the application of environmental, behavioural and motivational principles, including self-care and self-management, to the management of lifestyle-related health problems in a clinical setting”.
At Nuvo Health our commitment to holistic and preventative medicine dovetails neatly with the tenants of lifestyle medicine.
What are some of the applications of lifestyle medicine?
Because of its holistic, lifestyle/habit based approach, lifestyle medicine is not any one thing.
Some of the areas lifestyle medicine touches on include:
- Smoking cessation
- Improving sleep quality
- Referral to allied health professionals
- Nutrition education
- Stress management
- Physical activity education
What is the goal of lifestyle medicine?
Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based approach that aims to prevent and treat chronic disease by working on modifying certain lifestyle habits. Areas of focus include healthy eating, increased physical activity, better management of stress, the avoidance of risky substances, healthy relationships and improved sleep.
Who benefits from lifestyle medicine?
Lifestyle medicine has the potential to be beneficial to nearly all patients. If you’d like to know more at Nuvo Health we have a number of GP’s with a special interest in lifestyle medicine available for consultation. They’ll be able to speak with you regarding your specific health needs and be able to recommend a plan that is aligned with your goals.You might want to quit smoking, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Or, perhaps you’d like to ensure that you are strong enough and mobile enough to play with your children (or grandchildren) as you get older. Whatever your health goals, we’d love to help you achieve them.
If you would like to make an appointment to see a doctor please book online or call your nearest Nuvo Health location today.