Thursday, 31 May 2018 07:07

Sask. Healthy Authority’s weight loss sessions will focus on more than just calories

Written by  Ryan Dahlman
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North American society is constantly bombarded by media images and are surrounded by delicious looking food.

Unfortunately, this has caused many people to gain unhealthy weight. A Canadian Community Health Survey indicated that obesity was prevalent in 26.7 per cent of adults. Obesity is having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. That study also indicated Saskatchewan adults were at the highest national obesity levels with 45.9 per cent.
With the only other alternative being surgery, the public is looking for help as fad diets and weight loss programs often don't work.
A new program that was developed by health care professionals is being introduced next week in Swift Current. "Living Your Best Weight" runs from June 7, 14 and 21.
According to its description topics covered include "factors that affect weight, mindful eating, goal setting, nutrients for health, meal planning, label reading and more."
Anna Angelinas, RD, CDE, Chronic Disease Educator with Saskatchewan Health Authority Primary Health Care in Swift Current says the program was initiated in Fort Qu'Appelle and has been popular.
"With weight management, all people have been told is just to eat less and move more; it's not that simple," explains Angelinas adding the talk about overall living strategies which contribute to weight gain. (For example) we get caught up in how much we need to eat....we need to trust ourselves and respond to what our body is telling better."
Portion sizes is a big factor as are food choices but there are other factors such as lifestyle choices and understanding what we put into our bodies is also critical hence the area on label reading is important.
"We also eat because we are stressed and bored," she adds.
The program takes place June 7 to June 21 on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. To register, or for more information call 306-778-5118.

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