Ten guidelines for a healthy life: Korean Medical Association statement (2017).
December 15, 2017 148 p (in English)

Preface

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It is with the greatest enthusiasm that I express my congratulations on the publication “Ten guidelines for a healthy life: Korean Medical Association statement (2017),” which has been released on the occasion of the 35th Scientific Congress of the Korean Medical Association (KMA).

“Ten guidelines for a healthy life: Korean Medical Association statement (2017)” is significant because it has organized important health-related issues in a clear manner; this is especially important today, when a flood of imprecise information that can confuse the public surrounds us.

“Ten guidelines for a healthy life: Korean Medical Association statement (2017)” consists of 10 items that Koreans can easily put into practice. The guidelines are grounded in research that has been conducted among Koreans and are closely related to our everyday lives. It would not be an exaggeration to think of the “Ten guidelines for a healthy life: Korean Medical Association statement (2017)” as being 10 ‘commandments’ for a healthy lifestyle.

The declaration includes information critical for improving our everyday lives and health. For example, it emphasizes the importance of understanding environmental diseases caused by particulate matter and other emerging infectious diseases, and presents guidelines for quitting smoking, drinking in moderation, eating a balanced diet, being physically active, having a regular sleep schedule, thinking positively, receiving routine health screenings, managing stress, and avoiding excessive exposure to mobile devices.

In the 70 years since the first KMA Congress was held in 1947, the academic society of the KMA, other organizations relevant to the KMA, policy planners, and the public have all participated in KMA Congresses. These meetings have made significant contributions to medical advancements and to communication between the medical field and the public.

It is especially meaningful to announce the “Ten guidelines for a healthy life: Korean Medical Association statement (2017)” at the 35th KMA Conference in 2017, as its focus is “Future Medicine and Healthy Aging,” with the goal of establishing a new medical paradigm that advocates for the public interest and fosters social awareness.

I hope that these 10 guidelines for a healthy life do not serve only as a declaration. Instead, I hope that these guidelines are accompanied by continuous interest and effort, so that everyone can practice a healthy lifestyle.

Finally, I would like to express my respect and gratitude to the chair of the Organizing Committee of the 35th Scientific Congress of the KMA, Yoon-seong Lee, and the other committee members and staff members who have diligently invested their time and energy into the presentation of “Ten guidelines for a healthy life: Korean Medical Association statement (2017).”

MooJin Choo

President of the Korean Medical Association

President of the 35th Scientific Congress of the KMA

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With the 35th Scientific Congress of the Korean Medical Association (KMA) being held this year, we announce the publication of “Ten guidelines for a healthy life: Korean Medical Association statement (2017).”

The KMA Congress is held every 3 years, and physicians from across the nation participate in it. The conference not only suggests future directions in medicine, but also provides Koreans with knowledge and information about living a healthy life. In the current circumstances, in which the domain of medical treatment is both expanding and becoming more specialized, it is the role of the KMA Congress to organize a program that focuses on a shared topic that is of interest both to medical professionals and to the general public.

As we enter the ‘age of longevity,’ Koreans are showing an increased interest in health, because a life that is extended in years without being healthy is not a lifestyle that anyone wishes to pursue. In the age of extended lifespans, chronic diseases such as hypertension or diabetes are considered ‘lifestyle diseases’ that can be prevented and treated through improving everyday habits so that one can enjoy a healthy life in old age.

Just like people put money into pension funds, “Ten guidelines for a healthy life: Korean Medical Association statement (2017)” is a ‘health pension’ that the 35th KMA Congress makes available to Koreans to provide them with happy and healthy later years. Having a healthy lifestyle, engaging in regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and having amicable relationships are prerequisites for a healthy life in one’s later years, and these habits need to be practiced from early in life.

The publication “Ten guidelines for a healthy life: Korean Medical Association statement (2017),” which was developed this year, contains 10 selected items that are crucial for a healthy life and suggests guidelines that can be put into practice. These lifestyle guidelines are based on scientific evidence, grounded in recent research, and supported with references.

It is my sincere hope that “Ten guidelines for a healthy life: Korean Medical Association statement (2017)” will become a guidebook that prepares Koreans for happy and healthy elder years in the age of extended lifespans. These guidelines are expected to be a useful resource for the next generation as well.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the 35th KMA Congress, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all the professionals from specialized fields who have participated in this project and dedicated their time and energy to writing these chapters, which contain accessible information based on scientific evidence, as well as to all the representatives of professional academic societies who served on the advisory board and have provided valuable suggestions and insights. I would also like to express my appreciation to the journalists who played an important role in shaping the development of these guidelines.

Yoon-seong Lee

President of the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences

Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 35th KMA Congress