Dr Hazel Wallace has won the HFMA’s first ever Blogger of the Year Award; a new honour introduced to recognize the increasing power of influencers on social media platforms.
Dr Wallace is medical practitioner with a special interest in nutrition and lifestyle medicine, a qualified personal trainer and the author of a best-selling book. While studying at university in 2013 she began The Food Medic blog, which chronicled her personal health journey. Growing her online popularity – which currently sits at over 300,000 followers – her mission became to improve the health of readers both within the hospital and externally.
In choosing Dr Wallace for the award, the HFMA commended her determination to encourage practitioners of conventional medicine to ‘think outside the pill box’ when treating patients for ailments linked with lifestyle, such as high blood pressure, type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
“There was no one who stood out as a clear winner more than Hazel Wallace”
Dr Wallace’s work covers a range of issues relating to diet and health including Manuka honey, vegan eating, gut-friendly diet and protein supplementation. She has become known for separating fact from fiction in health headlines.
In praise of Dr Wallace’s dedication and knowledge, Robert Taylor, chair of the HFMA, says: “The HFMA is the voice of the natural health industry, with a mission to help a nation to be healthier. The best health bloggers play a unique and growing role in working towards this goal, combining informed advice, updates on health trends, truthful reviews and breaking news, and always putting their dedicated followers at the heart of everything they do. When we started discussing the most influential and well-informed writers in this area, there was no one who stood out as a clear winner more than Hazel Wallace.”
The addition of this accolade to the HFMA awards comes as pressure mounts within the industry for greater recognition and respect of bloggers and the value of their work.
Dr Wallace comments: “As a junior doctor and a qualified personal trainer, I see on a daily basis the effect that our diet and lifestyle has on our health. I want my blog to act as a platform to encourage people to move more, eat naturally and think about how what we put into our bodies affects what we get out. I am so honoured to receive this award from the HFMA and to join them in the shared mission of helping a nation to be healthier.”