Paediatric Weight Management in Focus Workshop

Yesterday was the beginning of a three-day Workshop on Paediatric Weight Management in Focus, which offers interdisciplinary training for primary care clinicians with an interest in enhancing the weight management care they provide to children and youth (and their families) with obesity, organized by the Canadian Obesity Network.

The goal of the workshop is to enhance health care professionals’ knowledge, skill, and competence in:

  • Behavioral, physiological, psychosocial, and sociocultural factors that impact paediatric obesity
  • Clinical assessment methods in pediatric obesity
  • Evidence-based intervention strategies for managing paediatric obesity
  • Practical tips and tools that can be integrated into everyday practice

The workshop is presented by TROPIC (Treatment and Research of Obesity in Paediatrics in Canada), CON’s paediatric obesity management subnetwork.

The hosts Geoff Ball (U Alberta), Jean-Pierre Chanoine (U British Columbia) and Katherine Morrison (McMaster) are complemented by an array of childhood obesity experts from across Canada, including Annick Buchholz (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa), Arlene Cristall (Shape Down BC, BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver), Kim Daniel (Sick Kids, Toronto), Carrie Matteson (Simon Fraser U), Jonathan McGavock (U Manitoba), Susan Murphy (Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver), Mabel Tan (BC Children’s Hospital) and Michael Vallis (Dalhousie U, Halifax).

Topics include how to have conversations with families, assessing psychosocial factors, sleep, screen time, systemic and family barriers, bias and stigma, dietary assessment, physical exams, readiness to change, youth, defining success, and future directions in paediatric obesity management. The workshop includes hands-on session on complex case management.

Participants are eligible to collect points towards IASO’s Specialist Certification for Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE).

Vancouver, BC