8th International Symposium
about healthy lifestyle

Domus Medica, Ljubljana, Slovenia
May 13-14, 2019

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Interdisciplinary team of leading International experts and organizations that are part of different health, well-being and preventive disease departments

The biggest expert regional meeting intended to strengthen organizational health and well-being. The Symposium gathers elite global speakers, who meet every year with a goal to present, discuss and share their innovative ideas about healthy and happy living.

The many faces of well-being;
recovery, prevention and improvement.

Key guest speakers

Kerry Olsen M.D.
Mayo Clinic, USA

Kerry Olsen, M.D. is the chair of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. He is also the President of 12 for Health LLC and former medical director of the Mayo Clinic Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. He is a member of Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees. He is a former president of Mayo Clinic staff and has been named Teacher of the Year multiple times and is in the Mayo Fellows Association Teaching Hall of Fame. He has also been recognized as a Distinguished Mayo Clinician. He is regarded as one of the best doctors in the USA.

Aleš Šabeder,
Ministry of Health RS, Slovenia

He graduated from Faculty of Economics and Business at University of Maribor and he interchanged many leading positions in Slovenian organizations during his professional career such as Mercator, d. d., Petrol, d. d., and Semenarna Ljubljana, d. d. He also gained work and professional experience in foreign companies with Representative offices in Slovenia. Since first of January 2018, or until pronounced as Ministry of Health, he lead the largest medical institution at the University Medical center Ljubljana.

Robert R. Auger, M.D.,
Mayo Center for Sleep Medicine, USA

Robert R. Auger, M.D. is an associate professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and a consultant at the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology. His research involves clinical studies of sleep in general and is particularly interested in the late phase of sleep and other sleep disorders associated with the circadian rhythm.

Robert Scales, Ph.D.,
Mayo Clinic, USA

Robert Scales, Ph.D. is the Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Health within the Division for Cardiovascular Diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He served as the leader in the development of cardiac interventions to prevent cardiovascular disease and related diseases. His field of expertise is the use of motivational conversation and effective communication between the provider and the patient in the health system and care. Dr. Robert Scales was the lead investigator of the cardiovascular health education initiative for population education. Likewise, in a lifestyle study (Chile), which was the first study to investigate the impact of a motivational interview on the behavior of patients who underwent cardiac rehabilitation.

Donald Hensrud, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.,
Mayo Clinic, USA

Donald Hensrud is a doctor and has a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology degree. He is the head of General Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic and Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine departments. He is also a consultant at the Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition Department at Mayo Clinic. As a nutrition and weight management expert, he advises individuals, how to attain and maintain healthy body weight. He also conducts research in the field of obesity and body weight, gives lectures on the subject of nutrition and is also the author of a world bestseller book titled Mayo Clinic Diet.

Prof. dr. Matej Tušak,
Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Prof. dr. Matej Tušak is a sports psychologist and a tenured professor at the Faculty of Sport and Faculty of the Arts. He actively participates with the Institute of Sport in the process of psychological preparation of the top Slovenian Athletes. He is researching the effects of stress on the psychological level. He has been cooperating with the Slovenian army for his research and also advises on stress and motivation in companies.

Prof. dr. Alojz Ihan,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Prof. dr. Alojz Ihan is a doctor, specialized in clinical microbiology and a tenured professor of microbiology and immunology at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ljubljana. He is the Chief Mentor for Specialization in Clinical Microbiology and Immunology (Medical Chamber of Slovenia), Member of the Commission for Expert Supervision in the Field of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology (Medical Chamber of Slovenia), President of the Extended Expert College for Microbiology and Immunology (RSK) of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia , which is the main expertise body in the Republic of Slovenia for the field of microbiology and immunology. Alojz Ihan is also a member and vice president of the Commission for Vaccines at the Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia, Director of the Institute for Professional Activities and Development at the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana. He is also the chief editor of the Isis medical journal.

Prof. dr. Vojko Strojnik,
Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Prof. dr. Vojko Strojnik is a professor of sports education and is the head of the Department of Kinesiology at the Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, and also the head of the Kinesiology Laboratory at the Ljubljana Institute of Sport. His main areas of expertise are fitness preparation of athletes and recreational sports enthusiasts, he deals with nerve-mechanical principles of movement and various aspects of kinesiology. He shares his rich practical experience with numerous famous Slovenian athletes and trainers. He also participated in the preparation of several Slovenian Olympians.

Prof. Dr. Zvezdan Pirtošek, M.D.,
Neurology clinic UKC LJ, Faculty of Medicine UL, Slovenia

Prof. dr. Zvezdan Pirtošek is the head of the Clinical Department of the Nervous System at the Neurological Clinic in Ljubljana and is one of the most distinguished Slovenian neurologists. He is a tenured professor of neurology at the Faculty of Medicine Ljubljana, he also gives lectures at the Department of Psychology a the Faculty of the Arts in Ljubljana. As an expert on dementia, he is one of the main initiators of the Strategy for managing dementia in Slovenia and the project for early dementia detection in Slovenia. Most of his research is in the field of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. The President of Slovenia Borut Pahor awarded him with the State award for Services. He earned the award for his outstanding sacrifice, highly professional and humanitarian work in the field of dementia research.

Luo Xiaobin (Ken), Ph.D.
MORE Health, China

Dr. Luo is the Vice President of China's company MORE Health and Director of Operations at the Canadian Wellness Institute in China. Dr. Luo received his Ph.D. from biomedical sciences at the University of Montreal. He completed his postdoctoral studies at the Harvard Medical School. He is currently designated as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Jinan University in Guangzhou and also at the College of Life Science, University of Shenzhen. Dr. Luo served as director of the Ji-Jian-Kang, Ciming Checkup group, and founded and led the Chinese biotechnology company Kaitou-Bio. He is the author of over 30 original scientific articles with publications in prestigious journals, including 'Nature Review Cardiology', 'Journal of Clinical Investigation', 'Circulation' and 'Circulation Research'.

Mojca Gobec, M.D.,
Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia

Mojca Gobec, M.D. is the Director of Public Health Directorate at the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia. She started her career at the Ljubljana Health center as a doctor for school children and youth. She led health promotion projects and coordinated primary health care at the Health Center. She was later employed at the Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia as a researcher in the field of health promotion. She has been working at the Ministry of Health since 2001.

Radivoje Pribaković Brinovec, M.D.,
NPHI, Slovenia

Radivoje Pribaković Brinovec, M.D., is a general practitioner and is in charge of the Center for prevention and health promotion programs at the National Public Health Institute. Key functions of the institute are managing data in the field of health and health care, monitoring and evaluating populations health, recognizing threats to public health and taking measures in managing the threats, and designing expertise for adopting health-friendly policies.

Borut Brezovar,
formerly in charge of Republic inspectorate for Labor of Slovenia

Borut Brezovar was the head of the Republic Inspectorate for Labor of Slovenia for years and is a Master of legal sciences. He has a lot of experience from many different leading positions in the private sector and state administration. As a long standing head of the Republic Inspectorate for Labor of Slovenia he directly or indirectly participated in the preparation of most of the laws and regulations in the field of work relations, safety, and health. He played an integral part in implementing the work relations law, especially in the implementation of novelties in contractual work relations. He was a longtime member of the EU Committee of Chief Inspectors of Labor, a longtime member of the Association of Labor, the first president of the Council of the Republic of Slovenia for Safety and Health at Work, the president of the commissions for professional exams in the field of safety and health at work for many years, lecturer and active participant at conferences and seminars in the field of occupational safety and health at home and abroad.

Kristina Modic,
Slovenian society of patients with lymphoma and leukemia, Slovenia

Kristina Modic is the Executive Director of the Slovenian society of patients with lymphoma and leukemia, which provides information and support for patients with blood cancer. She has raised the association to a high level of professionalism in recent years and has ensured the association status of a credible partner in the shaping of health policies that are related to cancer patients with her work. She is also the President of the Association of Slovenian Cancer Patients Onko Net and Vice President of the Patient Council of Oncology Institute of Ljubljana.

Vesna Pekarovič Džakulin, M.D.,
Diagnostics center Šentjur, Slovenia

Vesna Pekarovič Džakulin is a doctor, specializing in family medicine and labor and sports medicine. She works at the Diagnostics center in Šentjur, Slovenia.

Lina Savšek, M.D.,
General Hospital Celje, Slovenia

Lina Savšek, M.D., neurology specialist works at the General Hospital in Celje, Slovenia. She deals with all areas of neurology, from acute vascular disorders to chronic neurodegenerative diseases, with a special interest in neuroimmunology, multiple sclerosis in particular.

Matevž Klevže,
24alife, Slovenia

Matevž Klevže is a graduate in kinesiology and a fitness and sports coach. At 24alife, he is responsible for the implementation and planning of various sports activities for the promotion of health at the workplace. He is a co-author of sports programs in the 24alife solution. His in-depth knowledge of workout and sports training issues help him with various 24alife projects: the introduction of a rehabilitation system for patients that had cardiovascular surgery at the Mayo Clinic, the introduction of a workout and heartbeat monitoring system at Basic Fit fitness chain in Belgium and conducting sports workshops in Slovenian companies (lower back pain prevention and relief, manager training running school, skiing school).

Žiga Vavpotič,
non-Executive Director at Outfit7, Slovenia

Žiga Vavpotič is an entrepreneur, graduated in the economy, has a masters degree in sociology and is the chairman on the Outfit7 board of directors. He is the founder of the Youth Institute and co-founder of the Ypsilon Institute. He started his business career at Outfit7 as an expert in talent acquisition and staff development. He was then promoted to director of Bee7000 Limited company and was later appointed as the director of revenue in Outfit7. With the Chinese acquisition of Outfit7, he was appointed to the Executive Director position on the recommendation of the founders of the company. He is very active in promoting Slovenia and slovenian economy, which makes him one of the most recognizable faces in the slovenian economy. He is also the author of his book »Srečna knjiga mojega življenja« (Happy book of my Life).

Eva Kovač,
24alife, Slovenia

Eva Kovač is a performance psychologist and behavioral cognitive therapist who works in the field of talent development, organizational psychology and in the field of psychology of sport. She currently works as Vice President of 24alife and manages the experts from all 24alife branches around the world. She is responsible for introducing health promotion programs at companies, conducts health promotion and works closely with company management, human resources and, last but not least, with employees. She works with top athletes in the process of psychological preparation and she is a lecturer in psychology at the Olympic Committee of Slovenia.

Marjan Sušelj,
Health insurance institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Slovenia

Marjan Sušelj is the General Director of the Health Insurance Institute of the Republic of Slovenia. He participated in the introduction of the information system, he was the head of development in the information center, the project leader of the health insurance card. He has a degree in psychology and has been employed at the Health Insurance Institute for over three decades. He also acquired further education in computer science and management.

Nataša Kos, M.D.,
UCC and Slovenian Association for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Slovenia

Nataša Kos, M.D., is a specialist in physical and rehabilitation medicine. She is the head of the Institute for Medical Rehabilitation at University Clinical Center Ljubljana and Vice President of the Association of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.

Klemen Grabljevec, M.D.,
URI Soča and Slovenian Association for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Slovenia

Klemen Grabljavec, M.D., is a specialist in physical and rehabilitation medicine and is mainly focused on the treatment of sports injuries and illnesses and ultrasound diagnostics. He is a recognized expert in the field of physiotherapy and is very active in both Slovenia and abroad. He runs a laboratory for isokinetic dynamometry. In cooperation with the physiotherapist and sports coach, he prepares therapeutic programs and supervises early and late rehabilitation of patients. He is a co-organizer of many expert meetings and is the president of the Slovenian Association for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.

Jana Govc Eržen, M.D.,
Center for Health Promotion Celje, Slovenia

Jana Govc Eržen, M.D., a specialist in family medicine and the head of the Vojnik Medical Station, which has been treating patients for many years. In 2008, she was voted as Celje resident of the Year, and two years later she was also running for the mayor of Celje.

Zdenka Čebašek Travnik, M.D.,
Medical Chamber of Slovenia, Slovenia

Zdenka Čebašek Travnik, M.D., is the President of the Medical Chamber of Slovenia and a doctor, a psychiatrist specialist and a family therapist. She was also a human rights ombudsman. She is the author of numerous expert publications in the field of alcohol policy, alcohol dependence, and family therapy. She obtained her medical education at the Johns Hopkins University in the United States. She was awarded the French state award of the Knight of the Legion of Honor. Today she works as a psychiatrist and family therapist at the University Psychiatric Clinic in Ljubljana.

Iztok Altbauer,
Association of Slovenian Spas, Slovenia

Iztok Altbauer is the Director of the Association of Slovenian Natural Spas (SSNZ). One of the most important projects it runs is "SPA-CE" - a workshop and a meeting of Spa & Wellness centers of Central Europe, the only such business event in Central Europe. SSNZ is also a founding member of the Balkan Spa Institute, where Iztok took over the development of the Balkan Spa Award. In his career as the Head of Marketing and Sales within the Slovenian Tourist Board he founded the Slovenian Tourist Exchange (SIW) in 1997, which is still recognized as the largest business event of Slovenian tourism, where supply and demand meet, and represents an invaluable opportunity to strengthen already established partnerships and creation of new ones.

Tony Enquist,
Mayo Clinic, Charter House, USA

Currently works as a guardian for Charter House, which is the only residential community of the Mayo Clinic for Retirees. It supports the whole community, which looks after 400 elderly with 400 employees. The operation includes a short-term rehabilitation center that works with the home for the elderly and has trained personnel. Tony Enquist is an authorized guardian of homes for the elderly.

Prof. dr. Maja Bresjanac,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Prof. dr. Maja Bresjanac is a professor at the Institute of Pathological Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. She is also head of the Laboratory for regeneration and plasticity of the nervous system. She is one of the founders of Sinapse, the Slovenian Society for Neuroscience, which she currently presides as president. She is active in the promotion of public nervousness and wants to bring scientific knowledge of neurology to the lay public and to stimulate interest in and care for the brain.

Main topics

The most important factors of well-being

Dr. Kerry Olsen is the author of 12 Habits of Highly Healthy People, developed at the Mayo Clinic for employee well-being. He is going to familiarize the audience with some of the latest and most important factors affecting well-being at workplace, at home and in community. He is going to enlighten us with new important factors of well-being which are currently considered most critical in preventing overall well-being. He is also going to introduce 5 factors affecting well-being and absenteeism: limited seating, sugar intake, stress management, social isolation problems and meaning of good sleep.

Meaning of quality rehabilitation

Prof Dr. Robert Scales is an expert for cardiology rehabilitation and use of motivational interview. He is going to focus on effects of technology used to improve the quality of rehabilitation process on patients. He is going to present a detailed clinical technology application study to improve patient experience and executing medical services on the go (remotely) with Connected Health solution. Connected Health is an application that Doctors can use to prescribe and monitor therapeutic exercises which are used by patients' mobile phone. This application brings a new meaning to interpersonal communication which allows patient/doctor communication remotely and not only by visiting the doctor.

Mayo Clinic Diet

Prof. dr. Donald D. Hensrud is a diet and weight management expert who has been consulting individuals on how to achieve healthy physical weight for over a decade. He is going to introduce important data about the relation between diet regime, maintaining healthy physical weight and health followed by the Mayo Clinic Diet introduction and the diet regime about recovery and practical reasons to incorporate this diet into everyday life.

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Take care of
employee well-being

Lecture content and presentation

Interesting, current and professional topics and examples of good industry practices

1st day

Environmental influence and
personal habits on well-being

Unrecognizable influence of stress and loneliness

Sleeping – influence on productivity and safety

Fight against seating – become more active

Self-talk about motivational encouragement to achieve goals

2nd day

Rehabilitation and health strengthening

Back on track: rehabilitation optimization challenges and illness recovery

Associating health and well-being

Living long and fully

Roundtable about healthy living experience


Žiga Vavpotič (Outfit7)
and Eva Kovač (24alife)

about motivational encouragement
for achievements

research outcomes

New paradigm
of well-being

and return to work

Presentation of a device to monitor health conditions
(More Health)

The event will introduce new solution for the first time in Slovenia how to monitor health conditions which enables recording or/with PCG, EKG, heartbeat, blood pressure, body fat, amount of oxygen present in the blood and body composition with micro electric current. The measured data combine your health profile and risk assessment.

Join us

Familiarize yourself with latest recognitions about preventive health, maintaining healthy lifestyle at workplace, home and in community. We will focus on five most important factors of well-being: limited seating, sugar intake, stress management, social isolation problems and importance of sleep. We offer a complete overview of world-class preventive programs for organizations and companies, meeting with creators of Mayo Clinic programs, presentation of healthy living at work solution implementation within organizations. At the same time, this meeting is a one-time opportunity to connect with Directors and Human Resource leaders who are facing similar challenges as your organization.


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