Training for healthcare professionals to socially prescribe Baking as Lifestyle Medicine (BALM)
As a GP, prescribing BALM to your patients offers numerous benefits. By referring patients to bakers trained in lifestyle medicine from the Sourdough School, you provide them with access to a unique set of skills, knowledge, and expertise that can enhance their health and well-being. Here’s how:
BALM is a holistic approach to baking:
Training your patients to bake as lifestyle medicine empowers your patient to create bread that not only tastes good but also supports health and wellness. This includes understanding the multifaceted aspects contributing to overall well-being, such as nutrition, fermentation, mental health, and the gut microbiome.
Focus on nutrition and health
Our team are well-versed in the principles of nutritional science and the connection between diet and health. By incorporating nutrient-dense ingredients and employing health-conscious baking techniques, we engage your patients in baking delicious and nourishing bread that contributes positively to their well-being.
Social justice and community impact
Patients trained in lifestyle medicine also align with social justice values, promoting health equity and addressing health disparities by providing access to nutritious and wholesome bread. By prescribing BALM, you empower your patients to make healthier choices and contribute to the well-being of their community.
Patients trained in lifestyle medicine are taught the health benefits of their bread and how to eat their bread affordably as part a balanced diet. This can help raise awareness about the value of wholesome, nutrient-dense foods and encourage healthier eating habits within your patient population.
By prescribing BALM to your patients, you offer a unique and effective means of improving their health and well-being while also empowering them to become more engaged in their own health care. This approach aligns with the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine’s principles of the 6 pillars of lifestyle medicine, helping your patients make positive changes that reduce their risk of chronic diseases and improve their overall health outcomes.
Other Lifestyle Medicine Qualifications
The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine (BSLM) diploma also offers with certification from the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine (IBLM)
So if you truly want to be a certified lifestyle medicine doctor, the BSLM diploma is the way to go
Monash University offers a Free online Course in Food as Medicine – which can also be considered to be Lifestyle Medicine.
Dr Rupees website is about Lifestyle Medicine and improving your health through food.