Medical University of Warsaw Lifestyle Medicine Scientific Club is the first and so far the only lifestyle medicine interest group in Poland. It works under the supervision of MUW 3rd Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiology.
The club was officially established in December 2016. In the first year of its activity, the club undertook a number of initiatives promoting, mostly among medical students, healthy lifestyle as a crucial element of prevention and effective treatment for non-communicable diseases. At the beginning, Club focused mostly on the importance of nutrition. In May, it co-organized (supporting the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations IFMSA-Poland LC Warsaw) the second edition of Food Medicine Conference with Evidence-Based student-led Lifestyle Medicine Report Session. It also led a campaign ‘Plant-Based MUW’ promoting whole-food, plant-based diet providing not only scientific background but also practical tools for its implementation.
Besides regular meetings with experts, lectures and seminars, club works on implementing culinary medicine workshops, occasionally leading ones: for students or for local community. Among other initiatives, club has been actively involved in University-led campaign against tobacco smoking.
Currently the club is working on the 1st National Lifestyle Medicine Congress taking place in April 2018. Participants – students and healthcare professionals will have an opportunity to take part in a series of lectures led by experts in different fields of lifestyle medicine, practice their skills during workshops and become involved in interdisciplinary discussion on the future of lifestyle medicine.
From the beginning of its existence, club has cooperated with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative. In September 2017, American College of Lifestyle Medicine granted club’s president with a prestigious Donald A. Pegg Student’s Leadership Award while Medical University of Warsaw has been listed among Champions of Change chosen by Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative.
All the information about club’s activity as well as informative posts and articles on lifestyle medicine can be found on club’s facebook profile: SKN Medycyny Stylu Życia WUM.
President of the Club: Alicja Baska