Accreditations and Awards
Transforming healthcare through lifestyle medicine
BSLM is a community of healthcare professionals committed to a new approach to healthcare based on the emerging discipline of lifestyle medicine.
Our members include primary and secondary care clinicians, allied and public health professionals, scientists, educators and researchers.
We’re united by a shared commitment to lifestyle medicine, as an effective, evidence-informed approach to preventing, managing and treating lifestyle-related chronic conditions.
We want to reframe healthcare to focus on the lifestyle factors which are the root cause of most chronic illnesses. We support positive behaviour change and improved public health education.
The six key pillars of lifestyle medicine are: physical activity and exercise, diet and nutrition, sleep, stress reduction and mental health, harmful substance reduction or cessation, eg tobacco, drugs and alcohol, and healthy relationships.
We also believe change is needed at the societal level – to address the ‘upstream’ causes of chronic, lifestyle-related disease such as deprivation, health inequality, social isolation and a lack of hope.
We are an independent, charitable organisation with no religious or political affiliations.
All our work is driven by science and informed by evidence.
The Vegfest UK Awards 2020
We’re proud to have been awarded the “Best Vegan Initiative” in the Vegfest UK 2020 awards. Thanks to everyone who voted for us!
The Shining World Compassion Award
Transcript of the award letter
The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association
Tel: 1-408-809-3857; Fax: 1-408-273-6412
21st October 2020
Dr Shireen Kassam MBBS, FRCPATH, PHD
Founder and Director of Plant-Based Health Professionals UK
It is with great admiration and gratitude that we present to Plant-Based Health Professionals the “Shining World Compassion Award” for providing “evidence-based education on whole food plant-based nutrition for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.” This Award is presented in recognition of your passionate, exemplary efforts to educate health professionals, and ultimately all citizens, of the imperative need to adopt the loving vegan diet. Quoting scientific research, the link between meat and disease is irrefutable, as is the solution to restore health; change food choices to select plant-based nutrition.
Plant-Based Health Professionals UK consists of a group of vegan doctors advocating for a nobler way of eating. The group joined together with the global No Meat May campaign to urge the public to be vegan to help the world avoid future pandemics. You warned as have scientists worldwide, the future pandemics could arise from intensive livestock systems, which produce more than 90% of the meat consumed worldwide today. A member and well-known physician Dr. Gemma Newman stated, “Our industrial scale factory farms are like a ticking time bomb – yet I can guarantee that lentils will not spark a viral pandemic anytime soon.” Your doctors urged the public to participate in support programs like No Meat May, which saw a record 33,000 signatories this year compared to 10,000 in 2019.
For commitment to save lives by promoting disease prevention via veganism, for courageously using your brilliant God-given skills to convince others of the benefits of plant-based nutrition, and for your exemplary patient care; in God’s merciful love we are honoured to salute the praiseworthy, compassionate deeds of Plant-Based Health Professionals UK. May Heaven forever bless all involved in working toward a peaceful and love-filled vegan future.
With Love and Immense Blessings in God’s Protection
Supreme Master Ching Hai