Reflecting on BSLM2021

The recently concluded BSLM2021 conference brought together a wide plethora of great minds engaging in sessions about how health and wellbeing can be improved globally using lifestyle medicine. Once again, Edinburgh, the beautiful, compact and hilly capital of Scotland, welcomed over 850 delegates to the conference.

During the last 18 months, a global infectious disease pandemic has crippled economies and killed millions worldwide, placing intense pressure on and highlighting the gaps in healthcare systems. As such it is with great pleasure that the Edinburgh BSLM2021 took place successfully without any disruptions.

Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, BSLM2021 was the fifth annual lifestyle medicine conference and first hybrid lifestyle medicine conference organised and hosted by the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. This years’ edition was dedicated to the art and science of healthy longevity.

I had the honour of giving a presentation with my colleague, Prof Edward Kunonga, on the progress of Lifestyle Medicine in Africa, presenting an award winning abstract on Virtual Group Consultations, as well as being the Chairperson on the discussions about Environmental Health and National Health.

It was amazing being in Edinburgh despite uncertain conditions, meeting with brilliant minds to discuss all things Lifestyle Medicine particularly on how it can help to mitigate the outcomes of communicable diseases such as COVID-19.

Next year will be vital in the continued development of Lifestyle Medicine globally, and I look forward to attending the BSLM2022 conference in London next year.

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