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A global shift to a predominantly plant-based diet is deemed necessary to preserve both human and planetary health. But what is a healthy plant-based diet? How can it be achieved? What are the benefits? All these questions will be answered in this short course, designed for those interested in improving their knowledge and expertise in the field of plant-based nutrition.
The course is focused on sharing techniques and tools from Clinical and Health Psychology to enable people to change how they eat, to support greater health and wellbeing. The course is available via this link This course is BSLM accredited for 12 hours of CPD
A Mind Body Program for Improved Health & Resiliency. Stress Management is one of the 6 pillars of Lifestyle Medicine. This is an experiential skills-based program that presents a variety of tools for helping ourselves and our patients.
BSLM has partnered with Southern Cross University in Australia to provide a AUD$5000 scholarship for students that sign up for the 2023 season, students can sign up in July or March annually.
Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine is an online course consisting of 4 eLearning modules aimed at Doctors and healthcare professionals who want to learn how to implement a lifestyle medicine approach in a practical way.
Plant Based Nutrition at the University of Winchester
Diet choices are now the top cause of death and disability globally. Not only is our diet causing ill health, it is a major factor contributing to climate destruction. A global shift to a predominantly plant-based diet is deemed necessary to preserve both human and planetary health. But what is a healthy plant-based diet? How can it be achieved? What are the benefits? All these questions will be answered in this short course, designed for those interested in improving their knowledge and expertise in the field of plant-based nutrition. The course is designed for health professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, dieticians, nutritionists, physiotherapists) who would like to incorporate evidence-based nutrition into routine clinical practice. The course is a facilitated self-paced short course to be completed within 8 weeks. There are 6 modules, each requiring at least 6 hours of personal study to complete.
What is the content of the course?
The course will start by discussing the main dietary determinants of disease, disability and death, focussing on data from the United Kingdom and comparing with international data sets. It will discuss different types of nutrition studies and common dietary patterns. The course will review the role of nutrition in promoting optimal health and wellbeing. Key components of a healthy plant-based diet will be covered, including nutrients of abundance and those that are notable for their relative absence. There will then be an in-depth review of the scientific literature supporting the role of plant-based nutrition in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. This will include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, dementia, obesity, bone health, women’s health and gastrointestinal disorders. In the final week, comparisons will be made with other popular diet patterns, such as ‘low-carb’ and ‘Paleo’ diets, and national and international nutrition guidelines will be reviewed with analysis of their strengths and weaknesses. The connection between our diet choices and the impact on the environment will be explored and a model of sustainable farming will be presented.
This course has been accredited for 30 CPD hours by the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine (BSLM) and can be counted towards Maintenance of Certification for the diploma in lifestyle medicine by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. On completion of the course, participants will be issued a certificate of completion from the University. Please note that the certificate itself is not a formal qualification. The course is open to those in and outside the UK.
Appetite Retraining Course: A Kind & Sustainable Approach to Weight Loss
This course, presented by Dr Helen McCarthy aims to improve self-awareness and enhance skills used in being able to eat in tune with what your body needs, by changing those eating habits which prevent improvements in physical and mental health.
Session 1 covers the behavioural science of habit change as it applies to eating habits. This understanding offers a compassionate way to understand why you eat as you do, and practical, achievable steps to sustainable weight loss (or greater happiness around eating). It will also reframe ‘willpower’ in line with what research shows us about what it is and is not, and that will lead to practical steps to enhance ‘willpower’. We’ll do an exercise from Functional Imagery training (FIT) to help strengthen your connection to your motivation to change.
Session 2 reminds people of some simple aspects of the human appetite & digestive system, and offers simple tools (including the Appetite Pendulum) to re-learn to tune in to their natural hunger and fullness signals. We’ll look at concrete steps to help stop eating when just full and to help with feeling anxious about letting yourself get mildly hungry.
Session 3 is specifically about how Kavanagh et al’s Elaborated Intrusion Theory of food cravings leads to specific, evidence-based techniques that help people overcome them without eating. I’ll demonstrate how using FIT can be used to manage cravings and will share other strategies which work by displacing thoughts and feelings about the craved food from Working Memory.
Session 4 is an introduction to reducing Emotional Eating. Understanding the evolutionary function of emotions and discriminating between different emotions, I’ll use simple and gentle techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to show people new ways of responding to emotions as an alternative to reaching for food.
How will the participant be better informed on managing health issues and enabling self-care?
- They will understand the importance and value of taking a stepwise approach to eating habit change in line with the Behaviour Change Wheel
- They will understand some simple but important aspects of their appetite system, and how the biology and psychology of that system inter-relate
- They will have tools to help to stop eating at the point of just full and to avoid eating when not hungry
- They will understand the basic psychology of food craving and be able to use goal imagery and other techniques to shift their attention towards alternative actions (other than eating) in line with valued goals
- They will have an understanding of what maintains emotional eating and will have strategies from ACT that offer a psychologically flexible alternative to eating, in response to uncomfortable emotions
About the Speaker
Dr Helen McCarthy is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society who has worked as a Clinical Psychologist since 1989. She has a B.Sc. Honours degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Durham and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Oxford. After leaving Oxford Helen trained as a Clinical Psychologist within the British National Health Service and worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS for a number of years. She now has a private practice in Bristol and Cardiff.
Helen is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, a Functional Imagery Training Advanced Practitioner and a Member of the Advisory Panel for UK Health Coaches Association. She was the Psychologist on the Faculty of the first RCGP Leadership in Obesity programme (GLOW).
Helen is the author of “How to Retrain Your Appetite: lose weight eating all your favourite foods” and was the consultant to the Channel 4 programme “Don’t Diet – Lose Wieght” and appeared on “Save Money Lose Weight” with Dr Ranj Singh
Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) January
This course has been approved for 16 hours CPD by the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine and BSLM members can enjoy £40 off
This 8-week research-proven* program will help you develop self-care tools to recognise and manage your stress, reduce medical symptoms and enhance your quality of life.
You will learn:
- How to recognise your personal response to stress
- Meditative techniques to help elicit the Relaxation Response
- How to change thought patterns and emotional outlook
- Ways to improve eating, sleeping and physical activity
By understanding our own stress, and learning new
relaxation and coping strategies, we will be able to
extend this understanding to our patients in new ways.
Developed by the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, the program is based on the pioneering work of Dr Herbert Benson, author of “The Relaxation Response”.
SMART can help improve medical conditions in which stress is a factor, including:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Chronic pain
- Mild to moderate depression
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Headaches or migraines
Join the next UK group over eight Wednesdays
The next cycle starts on 10th January for 8 consecutive Wednesdays from 19:00 till 21:00 until the 28th of February. Please see flier for details.
The course will cost £420. BSLM and PBHP UK members are eligible for a £40 discount.
The course also includes:
- Course manual
- Individual intake session (optional) during the month of December.
As manuals will be shipped from the US please register by the 1st of December
Please register by sending an email to email@example.com, with your postal address (for shipment of the manual). You will receive an invoice for payment via WISE (preferred) or PayPal.
Course offered by Dr Miriam Maisel, dip IBLM/BSLM
For more details about the Stress Management and Resiliency Training, and about the instructor Dr Miriam Maisel IBLM, please click on the link below
Southern Cross University Master of Lifestyle Medicine Scholarship
BSLM has partnered with Southern Cross University in Australia to provide a AUD$5000 scholarship for students that sign up for the 2023 season, students can sign up in July or March annually. If you’re interested in this, feel free to apply and inquire through the link below!
Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine Online Course
Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine is an online course consisting of 4 eLearning modules aimed at Doctors and healthcare professionals who want to learn how to implement a lifestyle medicine approach in a practical way. The course covers research, evidence, science and strategies to help you deliver results beneficial to both practitioner and patient in your field of practice. £395 + VAT for 12 months subscription to the course and materials.