Lifestyle Medicine:
An Emerging Healthcare Trend That Inspires

An Institute for Population Health Symposium
Asia/Qatar Lifestyle Medicine: An Emerging Healthcare Trend That Inspires

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Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar Institute for Population Health
AT Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar
Pre-Symposium Workshops

Taharrak! Get active Qatar!

Room A053a


One of the World Health Organization’s current goals is to decrease global physical inactivity by 10 percent by 2025. Different physical activity guidelines encourage young people and adults to increase their aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities and reduce their sedentary behavior. While there are well-documented health benefits of physical activity, a substantial proportion of adult men and women do not engage in sufficient levels of physical activity for optimum health. Achieving the guideline-recommended levels of physical activity is challenging. Promoting regular physical activity is therefore a public health priority. Common barriers for physical activity participation include: the perceived lack of health benefits, lack of time, laziness, other priorities, no motivation, and absence of social support. In Qatar, additional barriers include weather and environmental conditions. Hence, Qatar’s population needs to be creative to incorporate physical activities in their daily routine in order to reduce sedentary behaviors. Health professionals play a major role in this ‘call to activity’ and need to encourage physical activity in their patients. This workshop will provide health professionals with resources to better advise their patients on how to increase their participation in physical activity and help overcome common barriers to physical activity.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the latest global physical activity recommendations for young people and adults and related health benefits.
  2. Outline various types of physical activity. 
  3. List ways to incorporate physical activity into daily routines and reduce sedentary behaviors in Qatar. 
  4. Recognize how to prioritize physical activity for personal health.

Workshop Outline

Time Topic
3.00pm - 3.05pm Introduction
3.05pm - 3.25pm Physical activity recommendations according to the international guidelines
3.25pm - 3.35pm Group Activity
3.35pm - 3.55pm Incorporate physical activity in daily routines
3.55pm - 4.05pm Group Activity
4.05pm - 4.20pm Coffee Break
4.20pm - 4.45pm Time management and prioritization
4.45pm - 5.00pm Group Activity
5.00pm - 5.15pm Reporting and Wrap-up