May 21, 2015 by Nicholas Spence
For those of you residing outside of Alberta, Canada, you may not be aware of the Alberta Health Services Obesity Initiative, which was launched in 2011. It is rooted in the idea that obesity is a common, complex, chronic condition, demanding a specialized approach by the health care system. This initiative was created to address weight issues in a comprehensive, planned, and coordinated manner, with an array of programs and services across prevention and management.
A central goal of the Alberta Health Services Obesity Initiative is to enhance the knowledge, skill set and capacity of healthcare providers across Alberta to support obesity management. By providing timely and accessible information and resources to healthcare providers, service provision and health outcomes can be improved.
One of the many great ongoing features of the Alberta Health Services Obesity Initiative is a Provincial Webinar Series: Provider Education on Obesity, which is a part of the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Resource Centre. Each month a highly relevant topic on obesity ranging from foundational knowledge to prevention to management to clinical pearls is provided by a variety of experts from a wide spectrum of disciplinary, clinical, and professional backgrounds.
This month, you will find a webinar by Nicholas Spence (yours truly) entitled, Pediatric Obesity and Family Motivation. It covers the fundamental questions surrounding motivation, including the definition, its existence, and why it matters for lifestyle behavior change and associated clinical interventions and outcomes. Also, you will find a typology of the existing tools for assessing motivation in pediatric obesity, the role of the family, and the large gaps in our understanding of this issue. In the face of the existing challenges raised, the presentation shifts gears, examining the tools available to clinicians to enhance service provision for families managing pediatric obesity. There are slides that can be readily downloaded if they are of interest to you. If you have any questions, I am easy to reach!