Elective Rotation: Health at Every Size
Contact: Amy Marietta
For my elective, I spent two weeks exploring topics related to obesity, its impact on health and wellness, and ways in which we can improve our approach to caring for patients of size as well as their health outcomes. In particular, I spent some time learning more about an approach called “Health at Every Size” which focuses on encouraging healthy behavior changes and self-acceptance no matter the size of one’s body.
1. I spent some time watching a series of video curriculum modules on this approach (available at http://haescurriculum.com/).
2. I also explored local resources for movement and healthy eating, by attending an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, auditing a Weight Watchers meeting, and shadowing Ashley, a nutritionist at “Healthy Steps,” a local medical weight loss program (http://www.healthystepsinfo.com/).
3. In addition, I conducted a short focus group with class instructors at the Northern California Center for Wellbeing (http://www.norcalwellbeing.org/).
4. Another valuable activity was attending the new patient bariatric surgery seminar at Wells Fargo center with Dr.Woodbury the first Saturday of the month from 12:30-2pm. Great info for primary care docs to help us educate our patients.
5. I also committed myself to taking the steps we encourage our patients to take- by keeping a food journal, practicing mindful eating, getting enough rest, and moving more- and kept a checklist of these goals to keep myself accountable- it’s harder than we think!
To work with the Healthy Steps team, contact Dr. Woodbury first- his contact info is available on our medicine team list.