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Physical activity is important in maintaining good health. It is also important in the prevention and treatment of many chronic illnesses. Despite widespread education on the benefits of exercise, the level of physical activity has been decreasing in all age groups. The goal of the 7th European Initiative for Exercise is Medicine is to include physical activity in the European disease prevention and medical treatment paradigm.



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Exercise is Medicine 









Physical activity is important in maintaining good health. It is also important in the prevention and treatment of many chronic illnesses. Despite widespread education on the benefits of exercise, the level of physical activity has been decreasing in all age groups. The goal of the 7th European Initiative for Exercise is Medicine is to include physical activity in the European disease prevention and medical treatment paradigm. The congress will be held in Warsaw, September 21-22, 2018.

The congress is organized under the auspices of SWPS University.

Language of the congress: English.

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September 21-22

European Initiative for Exercise is Medicine

The importance of exercise and physical activity for health and in the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases has been evaluated in many scientific studies and clinical trials in Europe. There is a big tradition in many European countries of promoting sport, exercise and physical activity among their inhabitants.

Reports demonstrate that physical activity and health related lifestyle patterns are strongly linked, in European countries. The amount of physical activity and the quality of life has decreased significantly in the last few decades, which has resulted in the concomitant prevalence of obesity, the metabolic syndrome and the incraese of depression. Therefore, more should be done to address physical activity and exercise in health care settings. Hence, multi-organizational efforts are encouraged, to bring a greater focus to physical activity and exercise.

The congress is addressed to various practitioners specializing in life-sciences, such as cardiologists, endocrinologists, physio therapists, coaches and fitness instructors, sports medicine experts, and social sciences scholars.


Friday, September 21, 2018

8.30-9.00  – Welcome: Introduction and greetings ;– Prof. Dr.med. Dr.h.c. Juergen Steinacker, Mark Stoutenberg PhD, MSPH, Anna Plucik- Mrożek MD, EIM Poland, Małgorzata Perl MPh, EIM Poland, Prof. Mirosław Wielgoś MD, PhD, Minister of Health

9.00-10.30 Session 1 | Chronic diseases part I

9.00-9.30 Exercise and the heart disease
– Hubert Krysztofiak,MD; PhD

9.30-9.55 Physical activity in osteoporosis
– Piotr Dudek MD

10.00-10.30 Diabetes and physical activity
– prof. Tomasz Klupa

10.45-12.30 Session 2 | Chronic diseases part II

10.45-11.30 Physical activity in elderly
– prof. Wojtek Chodźko-Zajko

11.30-12.00 Cancers genetically determined
– prof. Krystian Jażdżewski

12.00-12.30 Physical activity for patients with cancer
– Sebastian Szmit, MD, PhD & Michał Wilk, MD

12.30-12.45 Selected startup partners


14.00-15.30Session 3 | implementation of health policies/theory/evaluation

14.00-14.25 The differential health effects of occupational and leisure-time physical activity
– Dr. Pieter Coenen

14.25-14.50 From government to governance: top down and bottom up approaches to policy implementation
– Marleen Bekker

14.50-15.10 Tomasz Pawlikowski

15.10-15.30 Telemedicine in healthcare
– Piotr Soszyński MD, PhD

15.30-15.45 Selected startup partners

16.00-16.50 Session 4 | movement biomechanics

16.00-16.25 Anatomy trains
– Wojciech Cackowski

17.00-18.00 Famous Athlete - team work interview; QA

Saturday, Seprtember 22, 2018

8.30-9.50 Session 1 | The selected physical activities and their impact on health

8.30-8.50 Exercise is Medicine Poland
– Anna Plucik - Mrożek, MD, Małgorzata Perl, MPH

8.50-9.10 High Altitude disease
– Patryk Krzyżak MD, PhD

9.10-9.30 Everybody is trainable
– Herbert Pilcher

9.30-9.50 Vegetarian diet in sport
– Daniel Śliż MD, PhD

9.55-10.15 Selected startup partners

10.15-10.45 Session 2 | chronic diseases part II

10.15-10.45 MSPH
– Mark Stoutenberg PhD

11.15-11.45 Physical activity during pregnancy as a solution for public health
– prof. Mirosław Wielgoś

12.00-12.30 Spacer po zdrowie - zaproś swojego lekarza| EIM POLAND

12.45-14.00 lunch

14.00-16.00 Sesja 3 | Implemanetation of health policies

14.00-14.30 Jarosław Pinkas MD, PhD

14.30-15.00 How implementation conditions affect the DEDIPAC experience
– prof. Aleksandra Łuszczyńska

11.15-11.45 It's your life!
– Krzysztof Soszyński

15.30-16.00 ZUS

16.00-16.45 The debate on implementation of health policies
- Ministry of Health, Ministry of Sport, ZUS, Business, Exercise is Medicine

17.00 Session 4 | Physical activity during childhood | Institute of Mother and Child

17.00-17.25 Physician point of view
– Alicja Karney MD, PhD

17.30-17.55 Physiotherapist point of view
– dr Lesław Kluba & dr Jan Marczyński

17.00-17.25 Dietitian point of view Child point of view – Hanna Stolińska – Fiedorowicz

18.30– summary | the end



  • Exercise is Medicine Poland



  • Exercise is Medicine® (USA)
  • Exercise is Medicine (Europe)
  • SWPS University
  • Medical University of Warsaw
  • Polish Olimpic Committee

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Date and Location

September 21-22, 2018, 8.30-18.30

Medical University of Warsaw
Żwirki i Wigury 61, 02-091 Warsaw


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