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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. It is the only one lifestyle medicine online program which offers the  clinical and practical skills to understand and practice lifestyle medicine.

The online course 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

Dr. Ioan Hanes is a medical doctor who lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. He is a clinical practitioner in lifestyle medicine, being the head of the Obesity Department of the Military Hospital (MeNuFit- Brussels) where he works as a certified medical nutritionist. He is also a clinical sexologist and medical expertise physician (alcohol and drugs driving license jurisdiction). He completed different lifestyle medicine courses in USA and Belgium. He has a strong interest in the field of sexual health and lifestyle medicine, a chapter which is developed only for the European Lifestyle Medicine Certificate. His multicultural background is reflected by the five languages he speaks fluently: English, French, Romanian, Hungarian and Dutch. He is the founder and president of the “Belgian Lifestyle Medicine Organization” (BELMO).
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 themselves. The exam will certify that graduated students master the lifestyle medicine principles and apply them in their practice.

Course Details

  The deadline for registrations is January 22, 2021.  

The weekly course will start on January 25, 2021 at 19:00 (CET-Brussels Time). The course has 26 hours online sessions (eight weeks course and self-development session). The online course, with a choice for the weekly day (Monday or Thursday) of the course established with the coordinator, from 19:00 to 21:30 (CET- Brussels Time) is requiring a mandatory presence for 75% of the time. Eventually a morning session could be decided according to the demands. 

Financial aspects (course and exam fees):

Medical doctors: 450 EUR
Non Medical doctors: 400 EUR
Students: 350 EUR
ELMO members have a 10% discount on the course fee.

Objectives of the course:
  1. Define lifestyle medicine and describe its essential components
  2. Personal commitment to improve health choices in own life through personalized guidance
  3. The lifestyle medicine consultation in the health advisor practice
  4. Identifying how lifestyle behaviors including physical activity, nutrition, sleep, sexual health, chemical addictions, stress and technology could contribute to overall health
  5. Describe the difference between the coach approach and the expert approach when counseling for therapeutic lifestyle changes
  6. Motivational interviewing basics and practical exercises for behavior change
  7. European lifestyle medicine initiatives in the prevention and treatment of lifestyle related chronic diseases
  8. How to communicate in a multidisciplinary and multiculturally environment
  9. Developing critical reading of lifestyle medicine literature and material
  10. 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.

Due to the global restrictions of COVID-19 the final exam will also take place online.
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 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 three previous sessions with students from more than twenty countries are exemplary 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. Stefania Ubaldi


Dr. Ioannis Arkadianos
Dr. Ioannis Arkadianos


Prof. Beth Frates


Dr. Rabbanie Tariq Wani


Mohamad Awada

The Netherlands

Prof. Alexia Papageorgiou


Dr. Reka Vernes


Ana Jorge


Prof. Anna Lengyel


Pascal Douek


Prof. Edit Paulik


Eleni Prifti

Greece/The Nederlands

Prof. Ourania Kolokotroni


Elena Gopchuk


Prof. Jhony Alberto De La Cruz-Vargas


Cristine Dessenne


Bianca Comsa


Charalampos Petras


Dr. Inês Mendes Correia


Dr. Florin Ioan Balanica


Prof. Georgeta Vaidean