The Second Argentine Congress and the Fourth Latin American Congress on Lifestyle Medicine will be held

Sanatorio Adventista del Plata (SAP) and Universidad Adventista del Plata (UAP), from Argentina, organized the second national and fourth Latin American edition of the Congress of Lifestyle Medicine, which took place from November 2-4 .

The congress was attended by 200 health professionals (150 in person and 50 virtually), including doctors, kinesiologists, nurses, psychologists and nutritionists. All were representatives from 23 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic and Uruguay, among others.

“Thank God that 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 an excellent presence, both nationally and internationally. It was gratifying to make contact with colleagues from Mexico or Australia, or from Santa Fe and Río Negro, Argentina, among others, sharing experiences and deepening the 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 program “Towards a new lifestyle”; Dr. Lujhon Flores Gutierrez, director of the Lifestyle Clinic, from Mexico; Dr. Luiz Fernando Sella, President of AMA 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 congress,” says Dr. Broder. “This will provide the opportunity to find new ways of working in lifestyle medicine.”

This meeting was approved by the Argentine Society of Lifestyle Medicine (SAMEV) and the Latin American Society of Lifestyle Medicine made an additional contribution to this congress. Lifestyle medicine is a trend that started in the United States and is growing in South America. It is a proposition that is spreading throughout the world.

“In these days, topics related to the history and foundation of LAM, as well as topics such as diabetes, microbiota, children’s lifestyle and the importance of the first thousand days of childhood, breastfeeding, sports, social connection, spirituality, among others, were addressed.” explains Dr. Broder.

The mode of the congress was hybrid, and the following topics were addressed: overview of lifestyle medicine, pillars of lifestyle medicine, lifestyle medicine in the prevention and treatment of chronic non-communicable diseases, lifestyle medicine in the first stages of life, healthy longevity, the impact of our habits on the immune response, mood disorders and lifestyle medicine, how to spread lifestyle medicine and the current training and practice of lifestyle medicine.

On the first day of the event, the community at large was invited, both in person and virtually, to participate in a moment of reflection, where each person invited was able to discuss and ask the speakers about doubts or topics to know, always from the perspective of lifestyle medicine.

“This idea came about because there are many people who want to know more about the subject, and this was an ideal place to solve their doubts,” says Dr. Broder. “It was also an opportunity to motivate those present to spread this knowledge, always based on scientific knowledge,” she points out.

Dr. Gabriel Lapman, the vice-president of SAMEV, expressed his opinion about this congress: “I experienced an innovative activity, very well organized, with a first-level scientific quality. I think it is very necessary, in the context of the health problems we have. live today, a medicine and lifestyle conference explaining the risk factors, dietary factors, and tools to improve, prevent, and reverse chronic disease.”

This proposal is part of a worldwide movement of this type of medicine, addressed to health professionals and students whose objective is to raise awareness of the subject and raise it more assiduously among these components of the institutional communities and, in addition, in suppliers throughout the region.

The original article was published on the South American Division in Spanish news site.


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