Living with Obesity

The 5As Team approach to helping your patients living with Obesity

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The 5As Team approach to helping your patients living with Obesity

Our Challenge: Over 14 million Canadians live with obesity, a major driver for chronic diseases. Managing obesity is hampered by misinformation about its complexity and chronicity, which results in unrealistic expectations by healthcare providers and patients.

The Workshop: This interactive workshop will provide you with an overview of therapeutic approaches, help you frame clinical conversations, provide you with the opportunity to share your own experiences, and discuss strategies to improve obesity prevention and management in your practice. You will have an opportunity to participate in a simulation activity and practice using a collaborative, personalized approach to obesity prevention and management. Included in this workshop is a take home toolkit that you will be able to use in your practice.

Optional Sign up – Bariatric Simulation Suit Activity
This activity provides the learner with an opportunity to try on a bariatric suit which simulates the encumbrance of living in a larger body. Learners are asked to practice tasks of daily living while wearing the suit and reflect on the challenges that their patients might face in their daily lives and the recommendations they make. This activity takes approximately 15-20 minutes. For additional information please contact Melanie Heatherington by email or phone: 780-492-8987

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify obesity as a chronic disease.
  2. Support patients to understand how their comorbidities and personal context are related to their obesity management.
  3. Perform obesity assessments that identify root causes and care priorities through a collaborative clinical approach.
  4. Review and select therapeutic approaches (lifestyle, medication, surgery behavioural) to help patients develop personalized plans.

Please note: This event has been postponed until further notice. 


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