The Sanatorio Adventista del Plata (SAP) and the Universidad Adventista del Plata (UAP), in Argentina, organized the second national edition and the fourth Latin American Congress of Lifestyle Medicine, which took place from November 2-4.
The congress brought together 200 health professionals (150 in person and 50 virtually), including doctors, kinesiologists, nurses, psychologists and nutritionists. All were representatives of 23 countries, such as Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic and Uruguay, among others.
“Thank goodness we received a lot of feedback from the professionals who participated in this edition of the Congress,” says Dr. Valeria Broder, cardiologist at SAP and member of the event’s organizing committee. “We had excellent attendance, both nationally and internationally. It was gratifying to connect with colleagues from Mexico or Australia, or from Santa Fe and Río Negro, Argentina, among other places, to share experiences and deepen our understanding of lifestyle medicine. [LSM].”
Twenty-seven national and international speakers provided the framework for this meeting. The lineup included Dr. Beth Freid, president of the American Society of Lifestyle Medicine; Dr. Torben Bergland, associate director of the Health Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Dr. Vania Assaly, Director of the Institute of Personalized Medicine, Brazil; Dr. Marco Albuja, ideologue of the health awareness program “Towards a new lifestyle”; Dr. Lujhon Flores Gutierrez, director of the Lifestyle Clinic, Mexico; Dr. Luiz Fernando Sella, President of WADA Brazil; and Dr. Jason Aragon, graduate director of public health at Montemorelos University.
“A stimulating and motivating environment was created for each of the healthcare professionals who attended the conference,” explains Dr. Broder. “It will provide the opportunity to find new ways of working in the field of lifestyle medicine.”
This meeting was endorsed by the Argentine Society of Lifestyle Medicine (SAMEV) and the Latin American Society of Lifestyle Medicine provided additional input to this congress. Lifestyle medicine is a trend that started in the United States and is growing in South America. It is a proposal that is spreading all over the world.
“During these days, topics concerning the history and foundation of LAM were discussed, as well as topics such as diabetes, the microbiota, the lifestyle of children, and the importance of the first thousand days. of childhood, breastfeeding, sports, social ties, spirituality, among others”, explains Dr. Broder.
The modality of the congress was hybrid and the following topics were addressed: global overview of lifestyle medicine, pillars of lifestyle medicine, lifestyle medicine in the prevention and treatment of chronic non-communicable diseases, lifestyle medicine from the earliest stages of life, healthy longevity, impact of our habits on immune response, mood disorders and lifestyle medicine, how to spread lifestyle medicine, and the training and current practice of lifestyle medicine.
On the first day of the event, the community in general was invited, in person and virtually, to participate in a moment of reflection, where each invited person could speak and ask the speakers about their doubts or topics to know, always from perspective point of view of lifestyle medicine.
“This idea was born because there are many people who want to know more about the subject, and it was an ideal place to solve their doubts”, says Dr Broder. “It was also an opportunity to motivate those present to disseminate this knowledge, always based on scientific knowledge”, she underlines.
Dr. Gabriel Lapman, vice-president of SAMEV, spoke about this congress: “We experienced an innovative activity, very well organized, with a first-level scientific quality. I consider it very necessary, within the health problems that we are living today, a congress on medicine and lifestyle where risk factors, dietary factors and tools to improve, prevent and reverse chronic diseases are explained.
This proposal is part of a global movement of this type of medicine, aimed at health professionals and students, the objective of which is to raise awareness of the subject and to raise it more assiduously among these components of the institutional communities and, moreover, among service providers throughout the region.
The original article was published on the South American Division in Spanish news sites.
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