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Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2020-2021

Course director

Dr. István Zoltán KISS (istvan.kiss@aok.pte.hu), professor

Department of Public Health Medicine

Subject data

Code of subject: OSF-EOA-T  |  1 credit  |  Dentistry |  Optional module  |  spring

Prerequisites: -

Number of hours/semester

12 lectures + 0 practices + 0 seminars = total of 12 hours

Course headcount limitations

min. 3 – max. 20 person

Available as Campus course for 20 student(s). Campus-faculties: ÁOK


Lifestyle-related diseases are the leading cause of mortality in the modern world. Changing unhealthy behaviors is foundational to health promotion, disease prevention, and medical care. During the course we discuss the powerful effects of healthy lifestyle, the basic recommendations, evidence-based practices which may extend lives and may allow people to live longer, in better health.


  • 1. Basics of lifestyle medicine, scientific background I. - Dr. Kiss István Zoltán
  • 2. Basics of lifestyle medicine, scientific background II. - Dr. Kiss István Zoltán
  • 3. How to evoke behavior change? - a critical component in lifestyle medicine - Dr. Balogh Erika
  • 4. Communication techniques, "Coach Approach" - Dr. Balogh Erika
  • 5. Value of physical activity - Dr. Balogh Erika
  • 6. Evidence-based guidelines for physical activity - Dr. Balogh Erika
  • 7. Value of healthy nutrition. Can diet prevent, treat, and reverse disease? - Dr. Balogh Erika
  • 8. Overview of nutritional guidelines - Dr. Balogh Erika
  • 9. Smoking, Alcohol - Ways to Address Addictive Behaviors - Dr. Balogh Erika
  • 10. Stress, Resilience - Dr. Balogh Erika
  • 11. Sleep and its effect on health and well-being - Dr. Balogh Erika
  • 12. The power of social connections - Dr. Balogh Erika



Reading material

Obligatory literature

Literature developed by the Department

Materials uploaded to Neptun


Recommended literature

Kushner RF, Sorensen KW. Lifestyle medicine: the future of chronic disease management. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2013 Oct;20(5):389-95. doi: 10.1097/01.med.0000433056.76699.5d.
Egger G, Binns A, Rossner S. Chapter 1 Introduction to lifestyle medicine. In: Egger G, Binns A, Rossner S.Lifestyle Medicine: Managing Diseases of Lifestyle in the 21st Century. 2nd ed. North Ryde, Australia: McGraw-Hill; 2010:1–10.
Trilk J, Nelson L, Briggs A, Muscato D. Including Lifestyle Medicine in Medical Education: Rationale for American College of Preventive Medicine/American Medical Association Resolution 959. Am J Prev Med. 2019 May;56(5):e169-e175. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2018.10.034.

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Maximum of 15 % absence allowed

Mid-term exams

Active participation at classes. Written test at the end of the course.

Making up for missed classes


Exam topics/questions



Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars