3rd Annual Obesity Learning Retreat for Dietitians

Michael Vallis, PhD, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

Michael Vallis, PhD, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

Yesterday was the first day of the 3rd Annual Learning Retreat on Obesity for Dietitians, co-hosted by the Canadian Obesity Network and Dietitians of Canada.

This event focuses on the principles of interdisciplinary obesity management and offers an intensive educational experience with a strong emphasis on the practical aspects of obesity management and their use in the day-to-day practice of Canadian dietitians.

The program includes presentations on dietetic practice in obesity, its management and effects on participation in daily life, appetite regulation in body weight control and motivational enhancement and behaviour modification.

The content not only provides novel insights into practical strategies that dietitians can integrate into their day-to-day practice but also promotes a deeper understanding of the physiological, psychosocial, public policy and socio-cultural factors behind the current obesity epidemic in Canada as well as clinical, community-based and medical interventions for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

This is certainly one of the premier professional education events co-initiated by the Canadian Obesity Network and the enthusiasm of the participants leaves no doubt as to the considerable interest that dietitians have in enhancing their skills in this area.

I, for one, am certainly delighted to be on the faculty of this event.

Halifax, NS