Your Best Weight Program
The Your Best Weight program is a physician-supervised medical program focused on providing individualized, evidence-based, non-judgmental care. The program team includes the supervising Physician along with the skill set and expertise of a Registered Nurse, Pharmacist and Registered Dietician.
We recognize that weight is affected by a number of factors, including:
- Medical History
- Eating Habits
- Level of Activity
Together, the team will support you to gain an understanding of the real causes of obesity and why it can be so difficult to manage.
Given that obesity is a chronic disease with associated risks, we will work with you to review possible treatment options including weight management strategies and bariatric surgery, and support you to make the treatment decisions that are best for you.
The program focuses on helping you to change thoughts, use tools and apply information to achieve healthy behaviours that are in line with your goals and values.
How much weight can I expect to lose?
The amount of weight loss is not the primary focus of this program. Instead, the focus is on helping you to adjust your mindset and behaviours to reach long term goals. As a team, we will provide you with realistic and evidence-based options that may help you to lost 5-10% of your starting weight. In fact, studies have shown that a weight loss of 5% can improve your overall health.
Who can participate in this program?
Patients of Happy Valley Family Health Team that are ages 18+ and living with:
- Obesity (BMI over 30) OR
- Overweight (BMI 27-30) and have weight-related health issues (e.g. Diabetes, Fatty Liver).
Patients must be referred to the program by their Family Doctor or one of our Nurse Practitioners. Though, patients that are interested in the program should also be ready to make a commitment to working toward lifestyle changes even when life becomes busy.
It is important to recognize that change is often difficult and will require added effort. Please consider your readiness to embark on this journey.
What to expect:
After your referral is received, you will be contacted by our Administrative Staff to coordinate your initial appointments.
- Initially, you can expect to meet with the Registered Nurse and/or the Dietician to complete a more comprehensive history taking and assessment.
- Following the initial consultation, you will be scheduled to see the lead Physician for the program to review available treatment options that suit your goals. This visit may also incorporate our team’s Pharmacist.
- Routine follow-ups will be scheduled and may involve meeting witht he lead Physician, Registered Nurse and/or Registered Dietician.
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If you are interested in enrolling in the ‘Your Healthy Weight’ program, please arrange an appointment with your Family Doctor to discuss your concerns and review your eligibility.