The European Healthy Lifestyle Alliance (EHLA)

Scientific Director of the ICCR
The European Healthy Lifestyle Alliance (EHLA), an initiative of the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR), is an international non-profit association based in Brussels, Belgium. Such as its founding father, EHLA is scientifically based, multidisciplinary and independent. The platform is gathering
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Save the date! House of Sport: Physical Activity, Tomorrow’s Cure

During this House of Sport event, on September 12, the EHLA will be presenting a roundtable entitled: “Healthy Bodies”. Jean-Claude Coubard (EHLA founder and chairman), Martine Duclos (endocrinologist and head of sports medicine department at CHU Clermont-Ferrand), Jean-François Toussaint (cardiologist Hôtel-Dieu de Paris, member of the “Haut conseil de la santé publique”) and Amika Singh (Institute […]

The International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk Global Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Sale Barometer

The epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes are affecting most if not all developed countries around the world. An analysis published in The Lancet showed that the number of patients with type 2 diabetes almost quadrupled since 1980. While the percentage of overweight or obese people is highest in North America and […]

The end of an era: why fasting is no longer required for lipid tests

Since physicians and health professionals began to routinely measure blood lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides to identify patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and/or to determine who should be treated with lipid-lowering agents, blood samples were mostly collected in the morning after a fasting state of 8-12 hours. While the […]

Does eating healthy make you store fat at the right place?

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It is generally well accepted that people with healthy eating habits are more likely to have an ideal body weight compared to those with poor eating habits. However, as previously discussed in this space individuals who have an ideal body weight could […]

Obesity and disability: mind the muscle fat

The aging of the population along with the rise in the prevalence of obesity are two major public health issues with serious economic consequences. Indeed, both these factors are closely linked to health and productivity metrics such as physical disability. Traditionally assessed by the body mass index (BMI, calculated as weight in kilograms […]

Does genetics explain why so few of us have an ideal cardiovascular health?

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In 2009, the American Heart Association introduced the notion of “ideal cardiovascular health”, which is based on seven potentially modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD): not smoking, having a healthy diet, being […]

Improving global cardiovascular health begins by closing the gap in sex disparities

Heart with stethoscope, Heart healthy conceptCardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in both women and men in most if not all countries of the developed world. Although CVD mortality rates have decreased steadily over the past 30 years, more women […]

The 2015 dietary guidelines for Americans: The “culture of health” will have to wait.

By law, the U.S. government is required to publish a new version of its dietary guidelines every five years and they have being doing so since 1980. These guidelines never go unnoticed as they influence the advice given by doctors and other health professionals to their patients, the composition of school and other public institution […]

Could targeting children’s fitness boost academic performance?

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The benefits of a physically active lifestyle and of a high cardiorespiratory fitness level on mental health and cognition in adults have been known for several years. Even in children, high fitness levels have been linked with better cognitive control, memory, and academic performance. However, […]

Can statin therapy interfere with a physically active lifestyle?


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a complex disease and several lifestyle-related risk factors such as poor diet, lack of physical activity and smoking have been shown to contribute to a very significant extent to the rising prevalence of people coping with CVD. Most, if not […]