The participants receive a great deal of guidance, support and motivation by participating in the Healthy Lifestyle Center’s tailored programs. Personalized CLI programs include lifestyle coaching, new meal plan, guidance and dietary education, a physical activity plan and guidance, as well as mental health support and guidance as part of the lifestyle change management.
Following the GP intake and biometrics evaluation, the Lifestyle Coach executes an expansive intake of the participants current lifestyle followed by the development of a tailored healthy lifestyle program.
2.1 Individual program
The target group for this program are the participants categorized as low- and intermediate-risk groups for developing NCDs in the short term, but a lifestyle intervention is required for long-term health benefits.
This CLI program is comprised of the following services:
- A 3 to 8-month Weight loss & Muscle gain program
- Personalized to the individual based on the health scan/biometrics, underlying causes for the participant’s health condition (i.e., medication use, stress levels, lifestyle)
- It takes at least 3 months to develop new habits, based on the individual the length of the program is evaluated for proper adoption and lifestyle change.
- Nutritional advice and basics of healthy eating patterns
- Weekly menu’s
- including guidance on proportionality of the food categories based on individualistic needs
- recipe ideas
- Advice on the amount and frequency of physical activity required
- Where applicable:
- Advice on recommended sleeping pattern for improved health
- Advice on stress management
- Advice related to mental health or referral to psychologist
- When an underlying cause of the participant’s health condition is deemed to be part of ‘curative care’ and not preventive care, a referral to or collaboration with the relevant medical specialist may be advised.
- Use of weight loss medication (e.g., Saxenda) possible (depending on BMI) and with guidance of the GP in combination with a Weight loss & Muscle gain program.
- Adults, pre-requisites:
- ≥ 30 kg/m2 (obesities), or
- ≥ 27 kg/m2 till < 30 kg/m2 (overweight) with at least one weight related comorbidity, i.e., dysglycemia (prediabetes or diabetes mellitus type 2), hypertension, dyslipidemia, or obstructive sleep apnea.
- Children ≥ 12 years, pre-requisites:
- Obesities (BMI values corresponding with ≥ 30 kg/m2 for adults in accordance with international limit values), and
- Body weight > 60 kg.
- Adults, pre-requisites:
- Follow-up sessions:
- Depending on the individual’s needs, the frequency of consultations may vary from weekly up to monthly sessions.
- Weekly updates using WhatsApp of i.e., weight improvement and other relevant health updates
The participant is referred to the physical activities coach for further guidance and support in developing a physical activities program tailored for the participant. The participants are also encouraged the join IBISA’s workout programs, join a gym, or work out on their own with the tailored program. The GP (or lifestyle coach in consultation with the GP) may refer the participant to the in-house psychologist where additional guidance and support is deemed necessary for a healthy and successful process of transforming one’s lifestyle.
 IOTF (International Obesity Task Force) BMI cut-off values for obesities based on the sex and the age group 12-18 years.
2.2 Group based Program
The Healthy Lifestyle Center also offers a group program as a more accessible program to participants. Participants who have great willpower and motivation, and do not require a great deal of guidance, supported and motivation from the nutritionists/coaches are encouraged to join the Group Program. Furthermore, individuals who are relatively healthy (low risk of developing NCDs) but are motivated in transforming their lifestyle into a healthy one and lowering their risk of developing NCD’s in the future are also motivated to join the group programs as these are more accessible.
The group program participants receive their individual meal plan based on their biometrics and personal preferences. The main difference is that the Informative Sessions are on a digital platform (online video calls) with the group including Q&A time where the whole group benefits of the answers provided. The online group sessions include various information and guidance on healthy lifestyle practices including, nutritional advice, physical activities, importance of sleep and rest, stress management, etc., as well as practical information such as supermarket shopping advice, recipes, healthy product myths, dos, and don’ts etc.
Next to online sessions, the group program includes 3 in person group session. In person group sessions include a workout session where participants can receive tips and tricks on how to program their workouts and a Q&A with a professional coach. During and after the 3-month group program the participants are encouraged the join IBISA’s workout programs, join a gym, or work out on their own.
Fact sheets are provided to all visitors and participants of the Healthy Lifestyle Center, including but not limited to:
- Healthy eating in practice
- Healthy snacks
- Healthy living environment
- Cheap healthy eating
- How to read food labels
- How do I deal with emotional eating?
- How to deal with Temptations during get togethers, parties or dinners