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Nutrition Updates from the Canadian Adult Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines

It has been nearly 15 years since the last adult obesity clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) were published in Canada. Since then, there have been immense changes in evidence from both the nutrition/dietetic field as well as the field of clinical obesity, specifically regarding weight stigma and its impact on health. The 2020 Canadian Adult Obesity CPGs released by Obesity Canada and the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons recommend a paradigm shift in the understanding of obesity that advocates provider, policy maker and public messaging move away from weight and BMI to focus on health and quality of life. Dietitians will play a pivotal role in the delivery, advocacy, and future direction that these guidelines propose. 
At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:
  • Recognize the complexity of clinical obesity and why obesity is considered a chronic disease in the CPGs. 
  • Identify at least three ways these guidelines, and the related review of the evidence supporting the guidelines, can be translated into dietetic practice to improve the health status of individuals living with obesity.
  • Develop an understanding of differing viewpoints surrounding obesity and identify strategies for working collaboratively to advance change. 


Friday October 2, 2020, 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST

Clinical Practice Guidelines Unpacked for Dietitians 
The first part of this webinar will focus on an overview of the entire CPGs including changes to the definition of obesity, methodology used in the guideline process, gaps in the literature, author challenges and opportunities that apply to registered dietitians. The second part of this webinar will allow audience participants an opportunity to engage in a panel discussion with voices that include a patient/client perspective, a primary care physician, and CPG authors.

Friday October 9, 2020, 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST

Applying the Medical Nutrition Therapy Chapter to Practice
The first part of this webinar will review the evidence, key messages and recommendations from the medical nutrition therapy chapter of the guidelines. Authors Jennifer Brown and Carol Clarke will explore gaps identified in the literature and review opportunities for dietitians to apply in practice. The second part of this webinar will allow participants an opportunity to discuss the guidelines with a panel of dietitians who hold different perspectives and practice in a variety of settings. The objective of this discussion is to explore implications of the CPGs and strategies to work collaboratively while advocating for further change.


Per session (plus GST)
 DC Member  $25
 Non-Member   $50

Recordings of the sessions will be available to those registered for 2 weeks after the session.

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The following organizations have provided unrestricted educational grants as part funding for this webinar series:
Novo Nordisk®


Jennifer Brown, MSc., RD, CBE
Jennifer Brown is a registered dietitian with The Ottawa Hospital Bariatric Centre of Excellence. She specializes in bariatric nutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, appetite regulation and the pathophysiology of weight change while using non-weight goals to support individuals before and after bariatric surgery. Jennifer is a steering committee member and lead author on the 2020 Canadian Adult Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines; chair and executive members of both USA and Canadian dietetic organizations and a nominated representative for the Canadian Obesity Advocacy Network at global policy and advocacy meetings. She is a consultant for eConsult Champlain LHIN in bariatric nutrition, the chair of the Ontario Bariatric Network Dietitian Working Group; an education committee member and speaker for the OBN Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (known as ECHO) project and a member of the Ottawa Hospital Dietitian Promotion and Advocacy Committee. Jennifer has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences/scientific meetings, university lectures, authored and published nutrition and obesity-related research and is passionate about advocacy efforts to reduce weight stigma in professional education and healthcare delivery.  
Twitter: @theBariatricRD

Carol Clarke, MHSc, RD
Carol Clarke is a registered dietitian with expertise in many areas of nutrition working in hospitals, primary care, and private practice since 1995. She has a special interest in cardiovascular health, obesity, and healthy aging. As a Consulting Dietitian in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Carol provides nutrition consulting services for group programs, seminars, writing, program development and presentations. She has contributed to development and delivered programs for various organizations such as the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association, Canadian Lipid Nurse Network, Obesity Canada, and Dietitians of Canada. Carol was involved in the 2006 Canadian Adult Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines and is co-author of the Medical Nutrition Therapy chapter in the 2020 Guidelines update. She is also chair-elect for the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research. She completed her BSc with Honours at Ryerson University in 1994 followed by internship at Toronto Western Hospital. In 2013, she earned her MHSc in Nutrition Communication at Ryerson University and was the recipient of a Gold Medal. She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada (DC) and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is past co-chair of the Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Network of DC.
Twitter: @ClarkeRD


Patient Panelist: Lisa Schaffer
Lisa Schaffer is a Marketing Professional and Obesity patient advocate from Vancouver BC. As the Chair of Obesity Canada's Public Engagement Committee she was one of the patient voices that contributed to the development of the new Clinical Practice Guidelines for Obesity.
Lisa has experienced the stigma that comes with being a person living with obesity, pre and post weight loss surgery, and is passionate about changing the conversation, challenging perceptions, creating deeper understanding of Obesity as a disease, and improving access to evidence based information and treatment options.

Meredith Bessey:
Meredith Bessey recently completed her MScAHN and dietetic internship at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS. Her masters research explored the experiences of students who identify as being in larger bodies within dietetic education. She recently began her PhD studies at the University of Guelph, where she intends to explore the decision-making process and experiences of patients and healthcare providers with bariatric surgery. Her practice and research orientation is informed by Health at Every Size and critical fat studies.

Linsdey Mazur:
Lindsey Mazur, RD, MSc (candidate), University of Manitoba is researching weight stigma In health care experienced by larger bodied women who struggle with infertility, or in the prenatal/postpartum period. For this, she interviewed larger bodied women about the care specifically provided by dietiitans, and dietitians who provide this care were also interviewed. Lindsey’s previous work experiences included clinical and community dietetics in a variety of settings, most notably, specializing in eating disorders and the health at every size approach. She founded Manitobans Against Weight Stigma to advocate for “physical size and weight” to be a protected category under the Manitoba Human Rights Code. Lindsey also co-wrote the PEN Backgrounder on weight stigma with her dietetic colleague, Jennifer Brown. To this backgrounder, Lindsey brought her experience as a nutrition counsellor, knowledge in social justice and a critical lens. For her work on the PEN Backgrounder on weight stigma and her ongoing advocacy to end weight discrimination, Lindsey was awarded a 2020 DC Association Catalyst Award. Lindsey's future plans include starting her PhD in 2021. To this panel, Lindsey’s brings a policy perspective, framed by the view of fatness as a body size, and a focus on health and breaking down systematic barriers that lead to weight discrimination. 

Jaclyn Adler:
Jaclyn is a Registered Dietitian and the Nutrition Program Coordinator with the Hamilton Family Health Team. She completed her nutrition undergrad at Ryerson University and then did the combined Masters of Applied Nutrition and Internship through the University of Guelph.  Jaclyn has been working in a clinical role a the HFHT since 2013 and as program coordinator since 2015.  Jaclyn is passionate about nutrition across the lifespan and has been working to embed nutrition care into routine medical care in the primary care model. ler:

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