The European Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine: Health and Fitness Lifestyle Advisor
The European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO), together with the Belgian Lifestyle Medicine Organization (BELMO), offer an evidence-based eight weeks online program with the support of the European lifestyle medicine representatives.
Why you should enroll in this course:
- Ιt is the only lifestyle medicine online program which offers clinical and practical skills to understand and practice lifestyle medicine.
- Υou will learn how to communicate with your patients based on Motivational Interviewing principles.
- Ηealthier professional mean healthier patients, so you will be mentored during the course to improve your own healthier lifestyle.
- Υou will be part of the biggest European lifestyle medicine practitioners network who followed the course.
The online course has already had nine successful sessions and is developed and coordinated by the Scientific Director of the European Lifestyle Medicine Certificate and the Education Coordinator of the “European Lifestyle Medicine Organization”, Dr. Ioan Hanes, Belgium
Who Should Participate
The ELMO certificate is addressed to medical professionals and eventually to those interested in a healthy lifestyle, who would like to develop and monitor a healthy lifestyle trajectory for their patients and for themselves. Upon registration we ask
that all registrants include a copy of their main professional
diploma. The exam will certify that graduated students master the lifestyle medicine principles and apply them in their practice.
Registrations for the 2023 Spring Session are now opened until April 17, 2023.
The new weekly course will start on the first
week of May,
2023. The course has 26 hours online
sessions split between eight weeks of weekly courses and a self-development
session. The online course, with a choice for the weekly day (Monday, Friday or Saturday) of the course established with the coordinator, from 19:00 to 21:30 (CET- Brussels Time) and for Saturday from
14:00 to 16:30 (CET-Brussels Time) requires a mandatory presence of all
participants for 75% of the total time. Until now, the average presence was
always more than 90%.
ELMO members have a 10% discount on the course fee.
Objectives of the course:
Course Registration Fees (course and exam fees):
|Non Medical doctors:
- Define lifestyle medicine and describe its essential components
- Personal commitment to improve health choices in your own life through personalized guidance
- Lifestyle medicine consultation in the health advisor practice
- Identifying how lifestyle behaviors, including physical activity, nutrition, sleep, sexual health, chemical addictions, stress and technology could contribute to overall health
- Describe the difference between the coach approach and the expert approach when counseling for therapeutic lifestyle changes
- Motivational interviewing basics and practical exercises for behavior change
- European lifestyle medicine initiatives in the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related chronic diseases
- How to communicate in a multidisciplinary and multiculturally environment
- Developing critical reading of lifestyle medicine literature and material
- To build up a network of European Lifestyle Medicine Certificate graduates in Europe and around the world
Participants will receive an invitation to join an online platform before each online meeting. To participate in the sessions, they are requested to have a laptop or desktop computer, internet connection, basic software (office tools, webs browser, media player, adobe reader) speakers or headphones
The final exam will take place online and consist of two parts: MCQ and a personalized lifestyle medicine practical case.
Those interested to obtain the certificate will have to participate in minimum 75% of the online training and to fulfill all the practical assessments.
Interested parties are asked to note that there is no possibility to only audit the course
. The European Lifestyle Medicine Certificate has an important practical part which is mandatory together with the 75% of the presence required in the theoretical part of the course. Refusing to submit, in time, the practical assignments during the course could lead to the exclusion from the course, without a financial reimbursement. The registration in the course means you accept these conditions.
Participants will not need further documentation other than their
presence during the online sessions.
The success of the nine previous sessions with students
from more than thirty countries are proof of the effectiveness of our
teaching methods. All teaching materials in the course are under copyright laws
and multiplication or registering them are prohibited.
Take the chance to be a graduate of the first and unique scientific European certificate in lifestyle medicine!
Guest Speakers invited in the course until now:
Dr. Stefania Ubaldi
Dr. Ioannis Arkadianos
Prof. Beth Frates
Prof. Anne-Claude Juillerat Van Der Linden
Prof. Hanno Pijl
Prof. Robert Kelly
Prof. Labros Sidossis
Prof. Giorgos Sakkas
Dr. Mitchell Silva
Dr. Rabbanie Tariq Wani
Prof. Alexia Papageorgiou
Dr. Reka Vernes
Prof. Anna Lengyel
Dr. Pascal Douek
Prof. Edit Paulik
Prof. Ourania Kolokotroni
Dr. Elena Gopchuk
Prof. Jhony Alberto De La Cruz-Vargas
Dr. Bianca Comsa
Dr. Inês Mendes Correia
Dr. Florin Ioan Balanica
Prof. Georgeta Vaidean
Dr. Ubaldi is a specialist in Internal Medicine; her second specialization in psychotherapy. She has a PhD in Clinical Pathophysiology and Experimental Medicine, completed postgraduate trainings in Psychosomatic Medicine, Integrative Health Therapies and other lifestyle medicine related courses. These academic trainings, combined with her extensive academic work (many scientific publications), also in the field of lifestyle medicine in Italy and Switzerland, contributed to her being a European authority in the field of chronic diseases related to lifestyle. She is actively involved in different academic and governmental projects related to fertility, lipidology and nutrigenetics.
Her multicultural background is sustained by speaking fluently four languages (Italian, French, English and German). She is the founder of the “Swiss Society of Lifestyle Medicine” (SSLM).
Dr. Arkadianos is the Vice President of the “European Lifestyle Medicine Organization” and co-founder of the organization.
He is a SCOPE Certified (Specialist Certification of Obesity Professional Education) from World Obesity Federation.
He graduated from Athens University Medical School and practices Family Medicine in Athens, Greece. He is an Instructor in the Postgraduate Program of the University of Athens -Medical School “Arterial hypertension and concomitant cardiovascular disease”. He has been practicing lifestyle medicine for 25 years and is one of the pioneer Medical Doctors of European Lifestyle Medicine. One of the reference names in the obesity field in Greece, his work has been appreciated in many scientific events in his country and worldwide.
She is a Country Representative of the “European Lifestyle Medicine Organization” in Portugal.
A specialist in Family Medicine, she completed many postgraduate courses in lifestyle medicine (tobacco cessation, alcohol abuse, clinical nutrition) and is the graduate of the first session of the European Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine - Health and Fitness lifestyle advisor (2019).
Very active in the socio-political and scientific world, she published many scientific articles and participated with interesting oral presentations and posters in different congresses. These activities made her an authority in the critical reading of lifestyle medicine scientific articles.
A Public Health Specialist and pioneer of Lifestyle Medicine in Kashmir, India, he has authored 22 publications on different lifestyle medicine chapters, with a recent publication on technology and lifestyle medicine in the prestigious British Medical Journal.
His studies at the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh), John Hopkins University (US), University of Kashmir and his work in the public health and clinical practice have contributed to him being an authority in the field of lifestyle medicine. This is also confirmed by his position as a diplomate of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. He is actively involved in the “European Lifestyle Medicine Organization”, contributing to the development of the lifestyle medicine field in Europe.
He is a pioneer of lifestyle medicine in Romania where he represents the “European Lifestyle Medicine Organization”.
As a medical doctor, he founded the “Dr.BalanicaMethod”, which has a very high rate of success in weight-management and lifestyle changes and it’s inspired by his own story of having lived with morbid obesity. The thousands of patients he saw in the last years and which benefited from his method have inspired him now to work on his PhD to confirm the evidence-base results of his successful method.
An efficient and original communicator, devoted father, he founded the “School for Health and Longevity” and the “Society for Lifestyle Medicine” in Romania.
He is a licensed psychologist specialized in Integrative Trauma Therapy and Coaching, with a BSc in Psychology (European University of Cyprus), a BSc in Anthropology & History and a MSc in History (University of Aegean); Coaching studies at Oxford College (UK). He is also trained in Family Therapy-Systemic Approach.
Director of the Athens Coaching Institute & CP Coaching & Training Interventions and supervisor of the first health coaching programme in Greece which runs under the auspices of the “European Lifestyle Medicine Organization”.
Trained and having an extensive work experience as an IT Global Manager, Mohamad Awada transformed his early passion about sport in a career as a personal trainer and movement instructor in Beirut, Lebanon and in Amsterdam, The Nederland. His studies about human kinetics, nutrition and physiology helped him to develop a personal method in helping clients of all ages and fitness levels to improve their fitness and wellbeing. His areas of expertise are functional training and body weight, being certified by the American College of Sports and Medicine and the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization.
Alexia Papageorgiou is a Professor of Clinical Communication and Chair of the Centre of Medical Education at the University of Nicosia Medical School, Cyprus. She holds a BA in Psychology, an MSc in Health Psychology and a PhD in Psychiatry. She is a Certified Professional Coach and a Member of International Coach Federation (ID: 009292644I). Her research covers the areas of clinical communication, medical education, health psychology and advance statements of people who can no longer make decisions in medicine and psychiatry.
Reka Vernes is a medical doctor, specialized in Family Medicine, trained and with an extensive work experience in Hungary and US. She is a prominent member of Lifestyle Medicine movement in Hungary and in Europe, teaching and practicing in Budapest the management of chronic non communicable diseases. Her recent certifications in Sports Medicine and Hypertension Medicine complete her expertise related to lifestyle medicine.
Edit Paulik MD, PhD is Professor and Head of the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged, Hungary. Specialized in preventive medicine and public health, she is responsible for the public health education and teaches the various fields of public health and preventive medicine – epidemiological methods, epidemiology of noncommunicable diseases, health determinants, such as lifestyle (healthy diet, smoking cessation, alcohol consumption, physical activity), environmental factors, and health care services – for Hungarian and foreign medical, dental and pharmaceutical students.
Ana is an international Coach, specialized in Nutrition and Lifestyle and after several years dedicated to the financial area and after a disease diagnosis, she became a Master Nutrition Consultant. She graduated of the first session of the European Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine - Health and Fitness Lifestyle Advisor (2019). Founder of NutriHealth Coaching, a Lifestyle Medicine project in Portugal and also of the Ana’s Healthy Kitchen, a Culinary Medicine program created to spread the art of Cooking for a Better Health. Recently obtained the Culinary Coaching Certificate from Harvard University.
Anna Lengyel is freshly engaged to Lifestyle Medicine and is certified of the second session of the European Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine - Health and Fitness Lifestyle Advisor (2020). She graduated at the Medical Faculty of University of Pécs, started postgraduate training as an orthopedic surgeon and traumatologist but because of her children she went back to the University to teach the next generation. She was mostly teaching Biochemistry in the past 11 years, but also general chemistry, medical chemistry and pathophysiology. By learning about Lifestyle Medicine she found a new love and goal as a medical doctor and now she is starting a new postgraduate training as an occupational health physician.
Dr. Georgeta Vaidean received her M.D. degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, M.P.H. degree in Health Promotion and Health Education from the University of South Carolina and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology, with a concentration in Cardiovascular Epidemiology, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a rich experience in teaching epidemiology, research methods and evidence-based medicine to medical, pharmacy, Master’s and PhD degree students. Currently, Dr. Vaidean is involved in research projects and Lifestyle interventions in Preventive Cardiology in New York City.
Dr. Beth Frates is a brilliant American physician (she graduated from Harvard and Stanford), who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation). She took a new path in medicine many years ago and became one of the most respected lifestyle medicine leaders in the world. Recently she became the elected president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM).
Eleni is a Lifestyle Medicine Advisor (ELMO Certificate) based in The Netherlands with expertise in Environmental Health and a special interest in lifestyle interventions of Environmental Pediatrics. She holds a Bachelor's in Chemistry, a Master's in Environmental Chemistry and she is at the final stage of her Ph.D. degree in Bioavailability and Dynamics of Heavy Metals. She has worked for more than a decade at the Heavy Metals Laboratory of Hellenic Center for Marine Research (H.C.M.R.) participating in numerous European environmental research programs, from which she learned to highly appreciate the value of interdisciplinary scientific paradigm. Her vision is to advocate for the need for collaboration among health care professionals and environmental scientists towards a holistic approach to the human and planetary health crisis we face today.
Dr Kolokotroni is a UK trained pediatrician and a member of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, UK. She lives and works in Cyprus. She is currently Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Primary Care and Population Health at the University of Nicosia Medical School, Cyprus
Currently her research interests are in the area of early life determinants of health such as nutrition and the microbiome as determinants for the development of obesity and other chronic diseases. She is a certified lactation consultant and actively involved in breastfeeding promotion through her work as president and founding member of the Cyprus Breastfeeding Association. Over the past 3 years she has also been involved in the development of Baby Buddy Forward, an online educational platform for parents promoting a healthy start in life. She has recently completed the EMLO certificate in Lifestyle Medicine.
Dr. Elena Gopchuk, PhD, is a gynaecologist and sexologist, Practitioner of Lifestyle Medicine in Cyprus. She has an extensive practical and academic experience, authoring & co-authoring more than 100 scientific and health-popularizing publications. Founder of Women's Healthcare Studio online (www.gopchuk.com
) where she is offering sexual health consultations. Since 2020, as graduate of the ELMO Lifestyle Medicine Certificate, she is developing direction of The Lifestyle Medicine in Cyprus (@lifestyle.medcy). She is speaker on international scientific conferences as well as sexual health educator in her personal public projects in Greece, Ukraine and Cyprus for adults and adolescents.
Specialist in Oncology and professor in different universities from Peru, Mexico and Italy, prof. De La Cruz-Vargas is also the director of the Research Institute in Biomedical Sciences at the University Ricardo Palma in Peru. Founder and president of the Latin American Lifestyle Medicine Association (LALMA), he is also ambassador of the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization. Recently he launched and is the director of the Chair Lifestyle Medicine at the University Ricardo Palma, an international program with other universities from Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.
Licensed as psychologist and social worker, Cristine is specialised in addictology. She has more than 30 years’ experience in France and worldwide (in French speaking companies), working with patients in recovery, caring out missions in Africa, but also educating business leaders and specialists about alcohol and substance abuse in the workplace. She is coaching occupational health physicians and nurses in France (Institute of Health at Work- ISTNF, Lille), APHP (Assistance Publique Hôpitaux, Paris) and other institutes, offering training on addictology. Recently she completed her education with the European lifestyle medicine certificate.
Dr Comsa Delia is a rheumatologist working at the IRIS network hospitals in Brussels and also in the University Hospital "Àmbroise Paré" in Mons, Belgium.
After completing the medical studies in her natal country, she was teaching Semiology at the Medical University in Cluj-Napoca, România. She also participated with clinical presentations and posters in many national and international congresses.
Constantly interested in the well-being of her patients she is actually training in the mindfulness technics and she is involved in an educational program for patients with chronical autoimmune disorders and the chronic pain syndrome.
She is a clinical neuropsychologist, senior lecturer at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and director of a center for integrative neuropsychology, founder and president of VIVA association (valorizing and integrating for a better aging). Together with Dr. Stefania Ubaldi is the co-founder and Vice-President of the Swiss Society of Lifestyle Medicine (SSLM). She has been trained in Switzerland, Belgium, and in the USA and has written many chapters, articles, and books dedicated to cognitive aging, mostly along with her beloved late husband, Martial Van der Linden. Her work keeps promoting an integrative approach to cognitive functioning, including evidence-based community actions.
Dr. Hanno Pijl is an internist-endocrinologist and professor of Diabetology at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and co-authored over 300 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, primarily related to obesity and type 2 diabetes. He has been a member of the Dutch Health Council (standing committee on nutrition) from 2008-2016 and former president (2014-2017) of the Dutch Obesity Partnership, an umbrella organization connecting all stakeholders involved in obesity care in the Netherlands. Dr. Pijl is the co-founder and member of the Management Team of the Dutch Innovation center for Lifestyle Medicine (www.lifestyle4health.nl
), a joint effort of LUMC and the Dutch Organization of Applied Science (TNO), focusing on lifestyle interventions in health care.
Dr. Robert Kelly is a consultant in Cardiology & Lifestyle Medicine at UCD Beacon and Senior Lecturer in Lifestyle Medicine RCSI, Dublin, Ireland. Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and American College of Cardiology, runs a busy lifestyle medicine cardiology practice in Dublin. He has an MBA at Henley Business School UK and obtained the International Board Certification in Lifestyle Medicine. Offers group coaching program online to help patients change behaviours and to make lasting improvements in lifestyle.
Dr. Sidossis is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health and Professor of Medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. He is also Director of the Wellness and Lifestyle Science Initiative and Faculty Supervisor of “Exercise is Medicine on Campus” at Rutgers University.
Dr. Sidossis is investigating the role of nutrition and physical activity on the prevention and treatment of various diseases, including obesity, insulin resistance and dyslipidaemias. His studies have been funded by the National Institutes of Health (USA), the American Diabetes Association, the Shriners Hospitals for Children, the European Union, and the industry.His 200+ papers in peer-reviewed journals have been cited > 14000 times; h¬-index: 57; i10-index: 150.
He is an associate Professor in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Dept of Physical Education and Sport Science at the University of Thessaly and Director of the "Exercise is Medicine Laboratory", also professor of Lifestyle Medicine chair at the Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales, UK. CNHC certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and runs a University Clinic supporting students and patients. His research focuses on the effect of nonpharmacological approaches on aspects related to quality of life in patients with chronic diseases including those with sleep disorders. He uses a multidisciplinary approach to tackle his research questions including both physiological and psychological approach.
Mitchell Silva, PhD, bioengineer is the chair of the Belgian EUPATI (European Patients’ Academy on Therapeutic Innovation) national platform. Patient expert, Mitchell is participating in and organising patient partnership programs aiming at including patient input during the design phase of new services or medicines for patients. He is the CEO and the co-founder of Patient Centrics – Esperity, a company which is providing technology to understand patient profiles better, personalises education that suits patients' needs better. Based on his experience by working with various stakeholders in the health system, Mitchell co-authored a book on patient engagement for the life science industry.
Rob D’Hondt has been working as trainer and coach in the evidence-based communication style Motivational Interviewing (MI) since 1997. He is an active and involved member of the Global Network for Trainers in MI (MINTinc.), being the current Vice-Chair of MINT International Advisory Committee. He is founder and deputy chairman of MINTnet, a network of MI Trainers that forms a knowledge center for research, development, training and implementation of MI within the Dutch language area. Rob is also author of “Praktijkboek Motiverende Gespreksvoering”, a self-study book on how to increase skills in MI what was published in 2019. His website: www.robdhondt.com
Christel is a Belgian therapist, working in private practice, both in Belgium and the Netherlands. She graduated in clinical psychology in Belgium and the Netherlands and was trained as an integrative psychotherapist in Belgium. Over the past years Christel conducted research on the stigmitization of transgender persons and took courses at the European and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and the Amsterdam and Gent’s gender clinics. Apart from the gender topic, she specialised in giftedness, neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders (such as TBI, ASD) and psychosomatic problems. She obtained the ELMO certificate in 2020.
Dr. Pascal Douek is a medical doctor who lives in France. He is specialized in sport medicine, nutrition and longevity. He completed different lifestyle medicine courses in France. He spent his career in the healthcare advertising world where he developed a strong interest i, n healthy behaviors and preventive medicine. He is a blogger, a radio host and an author. He wrote 2 books on longevity, and his recent book talks about Medical Cannabis. He is the country
representative of ELMO for France.