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Lifestyle in Medicine 3

From April 14, 2023 16:30 until April 16, 2023 13:05
Posted by Luigia Baerecke
Categories: Conference


The aim of this course is to continue drawing attention to the topic of ‘lifestyle’ in healthcare. It is a follow-up to the successful ‘Lifestyle in Medicine’ courses in 2014 and 2016. It is estimated that 80-95% of our current diseases are primarily caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. Important adverse lifestyle factors are an unhealthy diet, insufficient exercise, chronic stress, chronic sleep deprivation, an abnormal microbial flora (microbiome) in e.g. the intestine, and an unhealthy environment (including smoking and particulate matter). These factors interact: they influence each other. Achieving a healthier lifestyle requires a coordinated approach from different disciplines. In this course, 7 teachers from the Netherlands, one from Portugal and 4 local specialists will perform. Each of them has knowledge of one or more of the lifestyle factors mentioned above. Superficial advice such as ‘eat a little less’, ‘exercise a little more’ and ‘go to bed a little earlier’ will not work. Nor is pursuing unrealistic goals. Only if the patient becomes an active partner in the treatment will ’lifestyle advice’ be successful. The medical doctor is the coordinator of a team of health professionals. This course will highlight this concept in all its facets: both from the perspective of the individual lifestyle factors and from their integrated approach.

Target group:
- General Practitioner
- Medical doctor
- Dietician
- Nurse & Paramedic
- General Public

Learning goals:
1. To provide knowledge and insight into the main determinants of a (un)healthy lifestyle: knowledge of the individual factors and their interactions.
2. To provide detailed insight into the various (sub)factors in an unhealthy lifestyle, that is unhealthy diet, chronic stress, chronic sleep deprivation, (environmental) pollution, insufficient physical activity, and an abnormal microbial flora (microbiome).
3. To provide knowledge and insight into factors that are decisive in the reversal of an unhealthy lifestyle.
4. To emphasize the differences in approach via “regular medicine” and “lifestyle medicine”.


Friday April 14th, 2023 Session 1


From - To Subject Speaker
16:30-17:00  Registration Session 1  
17:00-17:10 Opening and welcome address Muskiet and Duits
17:10-17:40 Pretest Coordination: Muskiet, Duits
17:40-18:10 Why lifestyle medicine? Visscher/Vandewall
18:10-18:55 Lifestyle and nutrition: resilience and prevention  Muskiet
18:55-19:40 Lifestyle psychiatry: an integrative approach Hoenders
19:40-20:00 Break  
20:00-20:30 How does lifestyle influence the immune response? Duits
20:30-21:00 Purpose of life Waarsenburg
21:00-21:30 Why are Health Inequalities Persistent? Seidell
21:30-21:40 Discussion and closure day 1  


Saturday April 15th, 2023 Session 2


From - To Subject Speaker
 08:00-08:30 Registration Session 2  
 08:30-09:15 Lifestyle and the government: accelerate and brake at the same time? Seidell
09:15-09:45 Changing the scope: healthcare professionals on the same page Visscher/Vandewall
09:45-10:15 Lessons learned Gerstenbluth
10:15-10:30 Coffee break  
10:30-11:15 Lifestyle and microbiome: how does it work? Nieuwdorp
11:15-11:45 Culinary medicine Visscher/Vandewall
11:45-12:15 Optimizing sleep and circadian health Carrera Bastos
12:15-13:15 Lunch break  

Saturday April 15th, 2023 Session 3


From - To Subject Speaker
 13:00-13:15 Registration Session 3   
 13:15-14:00 Reverse diabetes with lifestyle Van der Zijl
14:00-14:45 Reverse obesity with drugs Muskiet
14:45-15:00 Tea break  
 15:00-16:00  Workshop, discussion, and closure day 2 Van der Zijl, M. Muskiet, Visscher, Vandewall

Sunday April 16th, 2023 Session 4


From - To Subject Speaker
 08:30-09:00 Registration Session 4  
 09:00-09:30 The basis of Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): is it science?  Muskiet
09:30-10:00 Fecal microbiota transplant: generally applicable? Nieuwdorp
10:00-10:30  Sustainable behavioral change Hoenders
10:30-11:00 Coffee break  
11:00-12:00 General Discussion All lecturers
12:00-12:30  Posttest  
 12:30-13:00  Test answers, questions, discussion  
 13:00-13:05  Closure postgraduate  


Digital Conference Booklet

CAN A23.009
April 14: 4 points
April 15 morning session: 3 points
April 15 afternoon session: 3 points
April 16: 4 points

GAIA # 511281
April 14: 4 points
April 15 morning session: 3 points
April 15 afternoon session: 3 points
April 16: 4 points

Prof. Dr. Ashley Duits, medical immunologist 
Drs. Ellen Visscher, lifestyle physician 
Drs. Monique van de Wall Arneman, lifestyle physician 
Drs. Izzy Gerstenbluth, epidemiologist, general physician 

Dr. Rogier Hoenders, psychiatrist 
Prof. Dr. Frits Muskiet, emeritus clinical chemist 
Dr. Marcel Muskiet, resident of internal medicine 
Prof. Dr. Max Nieuwdorp, internal medicine specialist, endocrinologist 
Prof. Dr. Ir. Jaap Seidell, nutritionist 
Drs. Elkana Waarsenburg, general practitioner 
Dr. Nynke van der Zijl, general practitioner 

Dr. Pedro Carrera Bastos, nutritionist 

Ella Engelhardt, educational office assisant 
Luigia Baerecke, educational office manager