A toolkit for life

IT IS now widely accepted that lifestyle and environmental issues are the causes of much chronic disease. 

Simply advising patients to eat better, do more exercise and improve their sleep and stress levels can be as effective as telling the cat to get off the bed. 

Of more benefit would be a ‘toolkit’ of available initiatives to encourage change.

The inside of a potential ‘lifestyle medicine toolkit’ might look something like that shown in the table below. 

Some of these tools are self-explanatory, others may need some interpretation.

The Readiness to Participate questionnaire* was developed in New Zealand and has been modified for Australia. 

It can be filled out before a consultation and gives you an idea of the areas on which to focus.

BIA (bio-impedance) scales measure not just weight, but the percentage of body fat, giving a better idea whether fat (not