Dr Emma Thurston
Regional Director, Hampshire and Dorset
I obtained my medical degree from the University of Oxford (Worcester college), also receiving an MA in medical sciences from the same University.
I am currently a GP trainee in Dorset, living in the New Forest. I'm also studying part-time towards a Masters in Public Health, via the University of Edinburgh.
I'm passionate about spreading evidence-based lifestyle medicine education through both professional and patient populations. It is important for us to understand both the power and limitations of lifestyle and pharmaceutical interventions, and that these are not mutually exclusive. Lifestyle medicine, I believe, has the potential to offer a cost-effective method of tackling the growth of non-communicable diseases. Lifestyle interventions are also often favoured by patients over long term medication, with associated side effects. In all health states, stress management, sleep, physical activity and the food we eat can help us all reach our potential. Community, purpose and access to nature I personally think are also crucial to health and happiness.
Outside of work my interests include yoga, strength training, walking in the forest and on the beach, family and the sustainability of our planet. I have a blog and an instagram account, my favourite parts of which are spreading the word about healthy lifestyles and connecting with like minded people. I enjoy learning more about all aspects of lifestyle medicine, from stress management, food and movement to sleep.