Our Story

Who We Are

The Sri Lankan Society of Lifestyle Medicine (SLSLM) is a community of healthcare professionals dedicated to establishing lifestyle medicine as the primary therapeutic approach for managing chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Sri Lanka. The SLSLM was established with the goal of promoting the role of lifestyle medicine in clinical practice to improve people’s health and well-being. To this end, we strive to ensure evidence-based practice in the field of lifestyle medicine while creating practice-based evidence.

The society was founded in 2019 by two medical doctors and a dentist with the vision of creating a Sri Lanka free of non-communicable diseases. We are part of a global medical alliance and have a growing membership that includes primary and secondary care clinicians, public health professionals, allied health professionals, educators, and researchers.

Our focus goes beyond the traditional role of physicians in treating NCDs and extends to the prevention, treatment, and reversal of NCDs in clinical settings through the implementation of evidence-based lifestyle medicine practices. We are an independent, non-profit organization with no religious or political affiliations. All of our work is driven by science and informed by evidence.

Over the last two years, the SLSLM has been working hand in hand with the local universities and medical professional organizations to achieve its vision, reaching significant milestones. Simultaneously, the SLSLM has been maintaining cordial relations with regional and international organizations.

Our Vision

A Sri Lanka with a transformed, sustainable healthcare system with lifestyle medicine in its foundation.

Our Mission

Sustainable transformation of healthcare system by employing evidence-based practice of lifestyle medicine through medical education, clinical practice, and clinical research in order to advance treatment and reversal of chronic noncommunicable diseases.

Our Positioning Statement

The SLSLM addresses the need for evidence-based education and practice of lifestyle medicine as the primary therapeutic modality for chronic noncommunicable diseases, and generating practice-based evidence. SLSLM advocates for sustainable transformation of healthcare in Sri Lanka with lifestyle medicine in its foundation.

Our Logo

The logo for this project was designed by Dr. Shanaka Kulathunga, an artist and physician. The design features a man in the shape of a colorful DNA helix, which represents the complex interplay between genetic and non-genetic factors that contribute to an individual’s disease risk, response to treatment, and epigenetics.

The colors of the DNA helix correspond to the Classical Elements (Four Elements) of Greek philosophy: green for Earth, blue for Water, light blue for Air, and orange and yellow for Fire. This is a tribute to Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, who is believed to have used lifestyle interventions to treat illnesses, according to medical anthropology.

Our Journey

April 2019

Our society was founded in 2019 by two medical doctors and a dentist, namely, Samandika Saparamadu, Roshika Mendis and Khayali Wilson.

July 2020

The first democratically elected board was born with the first general meeting held in September 2020. This meeting was attended by six charter members and the first board consisted of a President (Samandika Saparamadu), Vice President (Sahan Mendis), Secretary (Rukshanie de Silva), Treasurer (Khayali Wilson), and a Social Media Manager (Roshika Mendis).

February 2021

SLSLM launched its Facebook page and became a sister organization of the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance (LMGA).

March 2021

SLSLM became an affiliated member of the Asian Lifestyle Medicine Council (ALMC).

April 2021

We launched our official website www.slslm.org.lk.

November 2021

The first International Board of Lifestyle Medicine diploma examination was held in Sri Lanka at the prometric exam center in Colombo. This was organized hand in hand with the Indian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

May 2022

Introductory Webinar Series on Lifestyle Medicine was launched featuring Lifestyle Medicine experts around the world

December 2022

December 2022 – The first issue of the quarterly e-newsletter of the SLSLM, the Ola Leaf, was launched.

January 2023

The Board of SLSLM was expanded to include Dr. Mathuahan Selvarasa, Dr. Mufeedha Fausz, Dr. Himal Kalambarachchi, Dr. Arunie Malwatta, Dr. Kasun Eranga and Dr. Rasarie Wimalana.

May 2023

SLSLM became a member of the World Lifestyle Medicine Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

June 2023

The new and improved SLSLM website was launched.

May 2023

Introduced the first undergraduate course in lifestyle medicine for medical students at Sabaragamuwa University in Sri Lanka


SLSLM is a growing non-profit organization with a strong foundation, a diverse multidisciplinary membership of over 50 physicians and allied health specialists, representing all cultural and religious backgrounds in Sri Lanka.

Become a Member Today

There are many reasons to join SLSLM! By becoming a member, you will be part of a dynamic team of physicians, allied health professionals, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting sustainable change in healthcare in Sri Lanka through the practice of Lifestyle Medicine. Sign up today!

Getting In Touch

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