You will learn about how nutrition, physical activity, self-esteem, the environment and your behaviours affect your body size. You will learn how to use this information in your day-to-day life by working with other group members doing practical activities and learning from each others’ experiences.
The aim of this program is to help you make permanent lifestyle changes. This is not a program that focuses on “dieting”. You set your own goals and make your plan to work towards them.
The program is available through the Wawa Family Health Team.
The program involves three phases:
- Orientation Session
- Lifestyle Modification
- Follow Up
The Orientation Session includes an overview of the program and opportunities for you to find out if you are ready to start this type of program and ask questions.
The Lifestyle Modification consists of 11, 90-minute weekly group sessions.
After the program is completed, you can attend Follow Up sessions with your family practice dietitian.
Different topics are discussed each week. An outline of the program is as follows:
Week 1: Assessment, Eating Patterns, Healthy You Journal
Week 2: Vitality, Goal Setting and Nutrition Basics
Week 3: Mindfulness, Behaviour Change, Emotional Eating
Week 4: Active Living and Community Resources
Week 5: Carbohydrates, Fibre and Fluid
Week 6: Protein and Fat
Week 7: Meal Planning
Week 8: Supermarket Savvy
Week 9: Dining Out/Special Occasions
Week 10: Managing Roadblocks, Saboteurs, Relapse
Week 11: Healthy You Jeopardy and Your Vitality Tool Kit
What am I expected to do?
To get the most benefit from this program, you are expected to:
- try to attend all of the sessions. We recognize that you may have to miss some sessions due to factors beyond your control, but you should be able to attend the Orientation Session and most of the Lifestyle Modification classes.
- take part in group activities and discussions (based on your level of comfort)
- complete assessment and evaluation forms
- treat other people in the group with respect
What are the benefits and the risks?
We cannot guarantee any benefits to you from your participation in this program; however, possible benefits include knowing more about healthy eating, physical activity, and ways to feel good about yourself; gradual weight or inch loss; improvement in medical conditions such as high blood sugar, high blood pres- sure, or blood cholesterol problems.
There is very little risk to you by being a part of this program. However, since there is group discussion involved, there may be times when you may feel uncomfortable with what someone says.
What do participants say?
“Very encouraging and supportive”
“I learned more than I expected”
“Great tools to use for a healthier lifestyle” “I feel better about dealing with relapse and
“Glad for the follow up– it makes me feel accountable”
An analysis of ten groups showed that the Healthy You Program resulted in four-times greater weight loss than individual treatment and participant satisfaction was consistently positive.
Is there a cost for the program?
There will be no cost for you to take part in the program.
How do I join the program?
Registration for the Healthy You program will be open from Monday,
August 12th to Monday, September 9th.
The first 12 people to sign-up, who meet the requirements listed on the registration form, will be invited to attend the orientation session, where they can decide if they are ready to start the program. Those who have taken the program before are welcome to register again; first priority will go to those who have not yet participated in the Healthy You program. The program sessions will be held at the Lady Dunn Health Centre every Wednesday, from 6:30-8:00pm, starting with the Orientation Session on September 18th, 2013.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
If you have more questions about the program, please contact: Wawa Family Health Team 705-856-1313