There is considerable evidence to support the rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Reduction of the NCD burden is of vital
importance globally, including South Africa (SA). Recent evidence demonstrates that NCDs commence in early childhood and continue
throughout the lifespan. Strengthening of interprofessional and multidisciplinary team efforts supports a decrease in the impact of NCDs
on individuals, families and communities and enhances health-related quality of life to improve productivity of the SA economy. Mounting
overweight/obesity rates and poor nutrition cause NCDs, which are preventable. It is important that healthcare practitioners identify causes
of ill-health and promote health among patients, rather than await symptoms and then determine treatment. It is also critically important
to inspire positive lifestyle changes in one’s patients.