TrenchTalks: Obesity 

The TrenchTalks: Obesity clinical series focuses on one of the most costly and complex conditions affecting Canadians today.  Managing obesity in primary care is the very definition of collaborative medicine, and to be successful all health practitioners have to move beyond simplistic approaches and blame-based care towards a holistic model that takes a wide range of causes, confounders and potential interventions into account. We gather some of the most experienced and outspoken experts on obesity under one roof to provide a big-picture overview of the issues affecting weight and health as well as actionable guidance on how to manage your patients effectively. 


Agenda

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8:00 am
Coffee and introductions (and more coffee)
8:10 – 9:15 am
How Not to Fail When Treating Patients With a Desire to Lose Weight
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, Medical Director, Bariatric Medical Institute, Ottawa, ON
  • What’s the health practitioner's role in managing patients’ weight? 
  • Why traditional measurements of obesity are nearly useless – and what you should be measuring 
  • Medications and weight: What causes weight gain, what helps with weight loss and what alternatives exist for those drugs that put patients at risk 
  • Performing the ‘best weight reality check’ 
  • How to approach your patient’s weight respectfully 
  • Understanding the impact of bias on access to care and prevention resources 
  • Special considerations for families and children
9:30 – 10:30 am
Putting Bariatric Surgery on the Table
Dr. Laz Klein, Head, Division of General Surgery, Humber River Regional Hospital, Toronto, ON
  • Surgical options, mechanisms of action and weighing risk 
  • Why some surgeries fail (and how pre-surgery education can help) 
  • Applying for surgical consideration in Canada 
  • Out-of-country options 
  • Preparing your patient for surgery — and how to provide effective follow-up
10:30 – 10:45 am
Break
10:45 – 11:45 am
Finally, a Food Talk That's Not So Hard to Swallow
Joanne Kurtz, RD, Bariatric Medical Institute, Ottawa, ON
  • Food 101 – devising the healthiest diet patients can live with
  • Understanding eating patterns
  • How to tell what a food label really says
  • Utilizing and managing food diaries
  • Addressing hunger and battling mindless eating
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch (provided)
1:15  – 2:15 pm
A Moving Discussion on Exercise in Weight Loss/Maintenance and Health
Dr. James Beckerman, Cardiologist, Providence St. Vincent Heart Clinic , Portland, OR; author, The Flex Diet (2011)
  • Why exercise is important for improved health, not solely for weight loss
  • Setting goals: How much exercise, what kind, in whom, and when?
  • Increasing rates of exercise prescription by ‘walking the talk’
  • Stress testing in at-risk populations
  • Strategies for improving patient compliance
2:30 – 3:30 pm
But Enough About Me: Digging Deeper on Patient Counselling
Dr. Derek Puddester, Clinical Psychiatrist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, ON
  • A field guide to motivational interviewing 
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (made simple)
  • Patient-centred listening basics
  • A class-by-class comprehensive overview of commonly prescribed medications that promote weight gain — and how to select (and swap) weight-neutral alternatives
  • Addressing emotional/binge/night eating 
  • Worthwhile patient self-help resources
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Networking reception
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Speakers

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Dr. James Beckerman, Cardiologist, Providence St. Vincent Heart Clinic, Portland, OR
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Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, Medical Director, Bariatric Medical Institute, Ottawa, ON
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Dr. Laz Klein, Head, Division of General Surgery, Humber River Regional Hospital, Toronto, ON
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Joanne Kurtz, RD, Bariatric Medical Institute, Ottawa, ON
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Dr. Derek Puddester, Clinical Psychiatrist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, ON
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