Past Events and Updates
Report from the fifth conference of the Israeli society of Lifestyle Medicine in April 2018
The fifth conference of the Israeli society of Lifestyle medicine took place in April 2018 and achieved great success. The theme of this year’s conference dealt with the uniqueness of lifestyle and gender. We received an overview on the unique approach to lifestyle by gender and in more detail, we discussed smoking cessation and gender-based obesity treatment. The conference held workshops on healthy sexuality and menopause, physical activity to prevent osteoporosis, motivational tools for the management of obesity and tools to help patients to quit smoking.
A free, interactive system was introduced to help with lifestyle changes needed in diabetic patients and we received updates of last year publications in world literature on physical activity, obesity, and smoking.
The conference was accompanied by activities such as a morning run, muscle strengthening activities, yoga and more. During breaks, we enjoyed healthy food in the best tradition of the Mediterranean diet.
About 100 family physicians attended the conference. The family doctors and their family members were invited to join the sports activities and the Beatles songs evening event.
The conference was very successful and the participant’s reflections were most positive.
At the conference, a prize was given to the outgoing chairman of the Association of Family Physicians, Prof. Shlomo Vinker, for his tremendous support for the establishment and activities of the Israeli society of LM.
We are pleased with the privilege to promote education and raise awareness to the importance of lifestyle in the framework of primary care and in general.
Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine May 2018 Updates
- May 4, 2018–Manila, Philippine’s —-137 participants joined the 2nd Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) in Manila, Philippines, early Feb, 2018, president Johann Manez passed the leadership baton to Jenny Lee. Of the 21 individuals taking the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine (IBLM) certifying examinations, ASLM congratulates the 15 physicians and 2 health professionals who passed and have become new diplomates of IBLM. Future IBLM exams will be available in Chinese and Korean.
- China Society of Lifestyle Medicine (CSLM) has been established April, 2018 to serve all Chinese in Greater China: China, Taiwan, Hong Kong & Macau. James Wu, ASLM’s founding president and Xin Ma, ASLM’s Research director are two of the five founding members. CSLM is now working with ASLM on a strategic alliance agreement which will solidify the membership fee sharing and exclusive examination representation as well as define the partnership between the 2 organizations which may become a pattern for ASLM & the other country LM associations.
- Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, ASLM’s Singapore country representative, Peter Ting will be guest editor of a magazine focusing on Lifestyle Medicine which is going to all 7000+ physicians in Singapore in June, 2018. George Guthrie is author of one of the 6 articles on LM in this magazine, which Ting & friends are sponsoring for USD7000.
- Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) had its 1st executive committee meeting on Zoom late Feb., 2018, under Jenny Lee, the new President, with 17 founding members and country representatives who represent over 120 members in this fledgling organization including Taiwan, Philippines, Korea, India, Japan, China, Malaysia, as well as Indonesia , Hong Kong, and new representatives from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Oman, Kuwait, UAE, Singapore & Thailand.
Lithuanian Society of Lifestyle Medicine April 2018 Updates
- With the support of John Kelly, his wife Sally Kelly (USA) and Brenda Device (Canada), in the beautiful Lithuanian resort Druskininkais surrounding by green clean forests the first in Lithuania and EU course of LM clinical practical use was organized and realized. Read more here: Lithuanian Society of LM Report 2018
- Two special Lifestyle Medicine events took place in the capital of Lithuania Vilnius, in the Parliament (Seimas) of the Republic of Lithuania. A press conference dedicated to the problem of clinical practical use of Lifestyle Medicine was organized here, which included discussion with our guests from Europe, America, Asia and Africa continents. Following this event, a scientific-practical Lifestyle Medicine conference for politicians and the public was organized in Parliament.
- All three universities of the Lithuania Republic educating health professionals also showed great attention to the Lifestyle Medicine and organized special international conferences. One of these universities has already begun to train Lifestyle Medicine specialists. The other two are actively developing Lifestyle Medicine study curriculums.
We have in our plans to repeat similar events in May of 2019.
First National Lifestyle Medicine Congress in Poland April 21-22nd, 2018
On April 21-22nd, 2018, Medical University of Warsaw’s 3rd Department of Internal Medicine & Cardiology and Lifestyle Medicine Scientific Club established within, in cooperation with Department of Social Medicine and Public Health, held the 1st National Lifestyle Medicine Congress.
The multidisciplinary event gathered over 350 participants – students of medical universities from all over Poland, health professionals ia. doctors, nutritionists, physiotherapists, public health specialists as well as patients.
Importance of healthy lifestyle in prevention and treatment as well as possibilities of implementing lifestyle interventions to the healthcare and medical education systems in Poland were widely discussed by a group of almost 40 guest speakers – Medical University of Warsaw, Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education, Medical University of Łódź, Medical University of Silesia or Lithuanian University of Health Sciences specialists.
Part of the Congress – poster session – included over 20 works.
The Congress was inaugurated by prof. Artur Mamcarz, MD, PhD – Chief of the 3rd Department of Internal Medicine&Cardiology. Opening speech was given by President of the Congress’ Scientific Committee: Daniel Śliż, MD, PhD. The next lectures were grouped in blocks: public health, physical activity, nutrition and telemedicine.
Some of the participants chose to finish a conference day by implementing theory in practice and participating in fitness class organized by representative of Exercise is Medicine Polska.
On the second day, the lecture blocks addressing health professionals and students were continued accordingly: mental health, environmental pollutions, vaccines. At the same time, non-professionals: patients and their families had a chance to participate in a series of practical lectures called ‘A Patient’s Day’ devoted to a role of different components of lifestyle in health maintenance and improvement.
The official closing of the Congress had a form of a panel discussion moderated by Daniel Śliż, MD, PhD. The panel experts: prof. Andrzej Radzikowski, MD, PhD, Marcin Grabowski, MD, PhD, Jarosław Pinkas MD, PhD, Zbigniew Kowalski and att. Oskar Luty representing different fields of medicine, governmental structures as well as experts on patient communication and medical law discussed future of lifestyle medicine in Poland – implementing LM into healthcare and medical education systems.
Participants had also a possibility to attend workshops on: culinary medicine, prescribing physical activity, communication with patient and quitting smoking.
The events Honorary Patrons included: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Sport and Tourism, National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene, National Food&Nutrition Institute, Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance, Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, European Lifestyle Medicine Organization.
Scientific Committee: President – Daniel Śliż, MD, PhD, members: prof. Artur Mamcarz, MD, PhD, Aneta Nitsch-Osuch, MD, PhD, Marcin Wełnicki, MD, PhD, dr n. o zdr. Damian Parol, PhD, Wojciech Stefan Zgliczyński, PhD.
Organizing Committee: President: Alicja Baska, members: Kamila Borkowska, Piotr Długołęcki Adriana Durczak, Magdalena Goryszewska, Anita Grochowska, Katarzyna Gugała, Aleksandra Hyży, Aleksandra Karczemna, Magdalena Kicińska, Izabela Marzec, Julia Mazurek, Zuzanna Osica, Maria Sakwarelidze, Aleksandra Słokotowicz, Wiktoria Weimert, Izabela Wrzołek.
Lifestyle Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine –Qatar
The Institute for Population Health (IPH) at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) has been at the forefront of raising awareness among health practitioners in the Middle East about the value of treating and preventing chronic diseases with lifestyle medicine. Recently, the Institute developed a 50-hour Certificate in Clinical Nutrition course, which was sold out on both the occasions it was offered. An upcoming development is the delivery of an innovative Certificate in Lifestyle/ Integrative Medicine course. Additionally, WCM-Q plans to hold discussions with local health and academic institutions about establishing a Consortium of Health Institutions in Lifestyle Medicine in the Middle East.