WLMO Inauguration Statement
26 May 2023
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that on 16th February 2023, twenty two countries met to constitute the World Lifestyle Medicine Organisation (WLMO). Membership has since grown to include Lifestyle Medicine organisations from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australasia, United States of America, the Far East, and the Middle East. The organisation has been registered in Geneva, Switzerland, and is therefore governed by Swiss Civil Law. WLMO is registered as a not-for-profit organisation.
The WLMO is a collaboration of National Lifestyle Medicine Societies from around the world, together with Regional Lifestyle Medicine Organisations, united in their dedication to the global eradication of chronic and lifestyle-related (noncommunicable) diseases through sustainable evidence-based, lifestyle-related and health behaviour changes.
WLMO will pursue the following aims:
- serve to unite the Lifestyle Medicine organisations around the world.
- enable global sharing of evidence-based best practices and educational resources and enabling research
- become the accrediting body for LM education worldwide.
- leverage public relations efforts.
- develop opportunities for synergistic collaboration.
- Create an administrative function to enable the achievement of its aims.
This derives from the knowledge and belief that Lifestyle Medicine offers solutions for individuals, communities and nations facing chronic disease epidemics; practical solutions that are adaptable to diverse countries and cultures.
The WLMO will also advocate for global and national policies to address the societal, environmental, and other drivers of ill health and disease.
We are delighted to announce the election of Dr Ifeoma Monye (Nigeria) as the pioneer President of WLMO, and the election of two pioneer Vice-Presidents; Dr Rabbanie Tariq (India) and Dr Padmaja Patel (USA) at the extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee, held on the 25th May 2023. Dr Monye comes with decades of experience as a global leader in Lifestyle Medicine with the capacity and experience to work with other global leaders across regional lines. With over 36 years in practice, she is the Chairman of the Society of Lifestyle Medicine of Nigeria, a Chief Consultant Family Physician, a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
For further information, please contact Executive Director Fraser Quin, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Fraser Quin
Acting Executive Director of the WLMO.
For and on behalf of the WLMO General Assembly and Executive Committee.