Celebrating Women in Lifestyle Medicine: International Women’s Day 2024

International Women's Day 2024

The Impact of Women in Lifestyle Medicine

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history and around the world. Lifestyle medicine focuses on preventing and treating disease using evidence-based changes in nutrition, physical activity, stress, sleep, relationships, and toxins. This blog is going to focus on a few of the many women who have transformed the field of lifestyle medicine.

Dr. Beth Frates: Pioneering Lifestyle Medicine Education

  • Dr Beth Frates

Dr Beth Frates is an award-winning Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and is the President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr Frates is a health and wellness coach and a trained psychiatrist. She is also the author of many articles and books on Lifestyle Medicine and has created a lifestyle medicine syllabus that can be used as a guide for other institutions to teach lifestyle medicine to their students. Dr Frates has also created a 1-year program that uses lifestyle medicine to aid patients who have had strokes to improve their health and recovery. 

Dr. Zoe Williams: Promoting Health and Wellness in Women and Teenagers

  • Dr Zoe Williams

Dr Williams is an NHS GP and also works on This Morning. She has a special interest in lifestyle medicine, women’s health, and sports medicine. She is a Clinical Advisor for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and a National Advisor for Public Health England.   Dr Zoe Williams was also Amazon on the TV programme Gladiator.  Dr Williams has a passion for increasing activity in teenagers and has founded organisations such as Sportsgirls and FIT4LifeCIC. These organisations also help to improve young people’s general well-being and ambitions. Dr Williams is also a founding member of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine (BSLM). 

Dr. Shilpa Ravella: Advancing Nutritional and Gastrointestinal Health

  • Dr Shilpa Ravella

Dr Shilpa Ravella is a transplant gastroenterologist who is also very experienced in nutrition, the immune system, and the microbiome. Dr Ravella has written for newspapers and publications worldwide. Dr Ravella’s Ted-ED lesson “How the Food You Eat Affects Your Gut” has over 6 million views.  She is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

References for International Women’s Day 2024

  1. American College of Lifestyle Medicine: https://www.lifestylemedicine.org
  2. British Society of Lifestyle Medicine: https://bslm.org.uk
  3. TED-Ed Lesson “How the Food You Eat Affects Your Gut”: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-the-food-you-eat-affects-your-gut-shilpa-ravella

These are just a few examples of the many women who are making a significant impact on the field of Lifestyle Medicine. On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the dedication, innovation and passion of the women who are helping to create a healthier future for us all. 


In conclusion, International Women’s Day 2024 serves as a powerful reminder of the incredible strides women have made in the field of lifestyle medicine. As we reflect on the achievements of trailblazers like Dr. Beth Frates, Dr. Zoe Williams, and Dr. Shilpa Ravella, we’re reminded of the crucial role that women play in advancing health and wellness.

Their dedication, innovation, and passion not only enrich our understanding of lifestyle medicine but also pave the way for future generations of women to make their mark in this vital field. By celebrating these accomplishments, we acknowledge the broader impact of women in medicine and their relentless pursuit of creating a healthier future for all.

Let’s continue to honour and amplify the contributions of women in lifestyle medicine, not just on International Women’s Day but every day, as we strive for a more equitable and healthy world.


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International Women's Day 2024

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