Why Weight? Canadian Adult Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines

What you need to know about the Canadian Adult Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines: An overview of this patient-centred framework for healthcare professionals, patients, and policy makers.

Keynote Address: Dr. Denise Campbell-Sherer

Date: Friday, November 3. Time: 1:00 PM Room: Grand Ballroom

The international lymphedema community agrees that there is a close biological relationship between fat and lymphatics. In what has been described as a “vicious cycle,” we know that elevated weight can impair lymphatic function, and that impaired lymphatic function leads to fat deposition. Our standard treatments for lymphedema address fluid but do not remove fat, yet weight loss is a critical component of successful lymphedema management for many patients. Join us for this enlightening keynote address with Dr. Denise Campbell-Sherer as she provides us an overview of Canada’s obesity management best practices for supporting or achieving weight loss.

Following this keynote session, participants will be able to:

· Identify obesity as a chronic disease.

· Discuss changes to and key recommendations outlined in the comprehensive 2020 Canadian Adult Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines.

· Determine a patient’s obesity class and stage and describe how to do a root cause assessment.

· Explain how the “5A’s of obesity management” can be used to facilitate collaborative conversations around weight management between patients and clinicians.

  • Denise Campbell-Sherer, MD PhD CCFP FCFP

    Denise Campbell-Sherer, MD PhD CCFP FCFP

    About Denise Campbell-Sherer, MD PhD CCFP FCFP

    Denise is a Professor of Family Medicine and the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Her portfolio includes the Office of Lifelong Learning and the Physician Learning Program, which she co-leads with Dr. Thomas Raedler from the University of Calgary. Her research is on evidence-based health care with a focus on how to translate evidence to advance clinical care using complexity and implementation science.

    Her 5As Team research group ( https://obesitycanada.ca/5as-team/) has focused on advancing primary care for people living with obesity. The 5As Team tools are being used in 44 countries and translated into 5 languages.

    She served on the Executive Committee for the Canadian Obesity Guidelines ( https://obesitycanada.ca/guidelines/) and has supported their adaptation for Chile and Ireland in 2022. Her Illuminate Lab focuses on innovative applications of sensemaking methodologies for complexity, with the receipt of the 2022 Outstanding Research Paper Award for the College of Family Physicians of Canada (https://www.cmaj.ca/content/193/31/E1203/).

Motivating patients to make meaningful and sustainable health behaviour changes

Motivating patients to make meaningful and sustainable health behaviour changes with relationship-centered care

Presenter: Dr. Céline Koryzma | Keynote Address, Open to All.

Date: Saturday, November 4. Time: 8:30 am Room: Grand Ballroom

Following this keynote session, participants will be able to:

- Understand the factors that make healthy behaviour change so difficult for so many.

- Apply motivational interviewing and relationship-centered communication principles when discussing health behaviour change with patients.

- Identify the modifiable individual and environmental variables that lead to sustained health behaviour change.

  • Céline Koryzma, PhD, Registered Psychologist

    Céline Koryzma, PhD, Registered Psychologist

    About Céline Koryzma, PhD, Registered Psychologist

    Dr. Koryzma is a clinical health psychologist in the Endocrinology and Metabolism Program within Alberta Health Services in Calgary, AB. She works with an interdisciplinary team to help patients with chronic health conditions make sustainable health behaviour changes. Dr. Koryzma’s background includes advanced training in interpersonal and health psychology. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Victoria in 2013 and completed a portion of her residency training with the Calgary Adult Bariatric Surgery Clinic. She was previously employed as medical psychologist for the Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Dr. Koryzma is also a Clinical Lecturer for the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary where she teaches about communication skills and mental health treatment in primary care. Her clinical interests include the psychosocial determinants of diabetes and cardiometabolic risk and the role of motivational and relationship-centered interventions in behaviour change.

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