UN calls on doctors to promote lifestyle medicine first

, by Stephen de Bruyn

UN calls on doctors to promote lifestyle medicine first

Global action for lifestyle medicine

The United Nations General Assembly held a highlevel meeting in 2011 on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, calling for commitment and collaboration between and within governments, the private sector, civil society, the United Nations and international organisations (33). In June 2012, the American Medical Association reached a resolution to “...urge physicians to acquire and apply ... lifestyle medicine, and offer evidence-based lifestyle medicine interventions as the first and primary mode of preventing and, when appropriate, treating chronic disease within clinical medicine” (34). A new systematic review identified a range of population-based strategies aimed at promoting lifestyle change, and called for the development of initiatives and partnerships to translate the evidence into action (35). We note that all of the above should be carried out in the knowledge that individuals are often at the mercy of their broader social, physical and economic environments


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