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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Can an ideal body weight lead to premature death?


Over the past decades, several reports from long-term population studies have shown that being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of premature death. Although the strength of the association between obesity (using body mass index [BMI] defined as the weight in kilograms divided by […]

Understanding the determinants of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in children to design effective interventions

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It has been known for decades that most dietary habits are formed during early childhood and the consumption of high-calorie sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) is no exception to that. SSB consumption around the world has reached unprecedented proportions and the rise in the prevalence of […]

ICCR Executive Board member Dr Frank Hu recognised with one of the highest medical honours

The International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR) is delighted by the news that one of its Executive Board members, Dr Frank Hu, has been elected to the American National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honours in the fields of health and medicine (

Dr Hu has committed his professional life to researching some […]

Why high-intensity interval training is a therapeutic option for patients with type 2 diabetes


I recently commented on an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that very well described why an excessive amount of liver fat is linked with poor cardiometabolic health and is a strong predictor of type 2 diabetes risk. It […]

Nutrition and heart disease: time to raise our standards

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Fuelled up by the results of recent investigations highlighting the null relationship between saturated fats consumption (dietary fats from animal sources) and heart disease risk, an increasing amount of observers have called into question current recommendations of many health organizations around the world that […]

ICCR and EHLA UK Roundtable: Tackling Unhealthy Lifestyles: A Local or National Issue?

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On 21 September 2015 the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk and the European Healthy Lifestyle Alliance UK hosted a roundtable discussion at the Academy of Medical Sciences in central London.

At the roundtable experts from a range of sectors debated the role of national and […]

EHLA Strategy Meeting “Europe cannot afford to sit still”

Brussels, 16 September 2015 — Obesity forms one of the biggest threats to public health in Europe. Efforts to tighten the belt on “the epidemic of the 21st century” should be top priority for all concerned, the EU included. Today, the European Healthy Lifestyle Alliance (EHLA) met during a Strategy meeting in Brussels to exchange […]

Grand Opening of the House of Sport in Brussels

As of 10th September, The House of Sport opened its doors. It is a joint initiative composed of four physical partners in the sport and active leisure sector. Namely, EuropeActive (European Health and Fitness Association), FESI (Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry), ICSS (International Centre for Sport and Security) and the European think tank Sport & Citizenship as well as seven non-physical […]

Heart disease prevention: Risk factors don’t lie!

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Despite marked improvement in some cardiovascular risk factors at the population level in the past 2-3 decades in Europe and North America, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is still the number one cause of mortality and the prevalence of patients coping with CVD is increasing steadily […]

The science behind chronic societal cardiometabolic diseases prevention featured in Québec City

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The 5th meeting of the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR) held this year in Québec City, Canada just came to an end. Once again this year, the organizers managed to gather the best […]