Hacettepe University :: Faculty of Sport Sciences ::
Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Stephen KOPECKY, M.D.
Immediate Past President, American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC)
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic, USA

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Prof. Dr. Steve Kopecky is a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic. After his training at Mayo Medical School, he started in Mayo's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory doing interventional procedures and in the Coronary Care Unit treating myocardial infarctions. He is now focused on cardiovascular disease prevention. He has written numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals and has received multiple "Teacher of the Year" awards from Mayo's Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and the Department of Internal Medicine. His research interests include the role of lifestyle, including diet, exercise, and proper nutrition play in risk prediction and the development of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Kopecky is the Immediate Past President of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology and is the 2013 recipient of the Jan J. Kellermann Memorial Award given by the International Academy of Cardiology for distinguished work in the field of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention.

Improving Lifestyle: The Key to Preventing Chronic Disease

The practice of medicine has historically been focused on treating disease after it occurs. In the early 21st century, the leading cause of death worldwide switched from communicable diseases (eg, infections) to non-communicable diseases (eg, heart attack). The current leading cause of death worldwide, cardiovascular disease is primarily due to inappropriate lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle centers on six key habits: 1) regular, vigorous, physical activity, 2) proper nutrition (eating at least five servings of fruits and/or vegetables a day), 3) no tobacco use or exposure, 4) low incidence of hazardous and harmful drinking/alcohol use, 5) engaging in the practice of positive thinking, and 6) appropriate sleep hygiene. The role of the individual physician, while key to treatment of disease that has already occurred, is less prominent in the promotion of healthy lifestyles and habits. There is a growing recognition and understanding of the role that community networks, physical and social environments, and public policy all play in fostering healthy lifestyle behaviors. Multi-faceted interventions to improve lifestyle generally have greater evidence of impact and should have input from healthcare systems and include education, policy, and environmental changes. The key components that will lead to change in lifestyle habits will depend upon: 1) family and social networks 2) educators and schools 3) employers and worksites 4) physical and social environment 5) faith based organizations 6) community support 7) health plans and payers and 8) public policy. The presentation will include the types of benefits that can be achieved with an integrated approach including examples from best practices around the world.

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