The sections in this learning module are designed to explore your strengths and opportunities for change and introduce topics like sleep that you may not have thought were related to weight.
You’ll take a look at what you might be able to change in your life if it’s the right time to make changes for you to support managing your weight. This is an active learning module that has tools you can use to set goals along the way. Most modules have a reflection journal. The journals have questions to help you remember what's important to you and figure out how it applies to your life. You can save or print the journal as you go along.
As you go through each section of the learning module you’ll be able to choose the path that best fits with what you need. You’re the expert in your own life and know best what’s worked for you before. You may find it helpful to start with the “Your Best Health” section, as it goes over the principles of weight management.
This section will help you to decide how ready you are to take action to manage your health and weight and will explore factors that may be affecting your ability to manage your health and weight.
You can personalize this self-learning module. Once you’ve finished “Your Best Health” and “Am I Ready”, you can:
- Decide on what you believe would benefit you the most to work on now. Then work through the other sections in the order that works for you—you’re in charge. This module gives suggestions and ideas to help you learn what works for you.
- Learn about and understand what actions you can do over time to benefit your health and weight.
- Take the information and skills outlined in this self-learning module and put them into practice over time. Changing habits involves a lot of practice and persistence until you start to feel more comfortable and learn what works for you.
Making changes, especially when it comes to health and weight, isn’t always easy. It’s normal that you may be more or less ready to make some changes over others. There are many reasons that you may or may not be ready to make a change; these might include that it’s not the right time or you have other priorities. For each action you’re thinking about taking, ask yourself:
- With everything else going on in my life, is this a good time to start this?
- Is this something that’s important to me?
- Am I confident that this is something I’ll do
The following is a brief overview of what's in this learning module:
Your Best Health
- Understand that obesity is complex
- Understand that weight management is something that takes place over a lifetime
- Explore how or if weight is affecting your life
Am I Ready?
- Understand there are many factors that influence your weight
- Reflect on your strengths and opportunities for change through a case study
- Understand your reasons for change
- Choose the right path for you
Eating Well for Weight and Health
- Eating well for weight and health (what, how much and when)
- Know your portions
- Choose healthy drinks
- Meal planning (purchasing, preparing and packing meals)
- Healthy eating away from home
- Think about how active you are right now
- Know the benefits of moving everyday
- Understand active living compared to planned activity
- Learn about different ways to be active
- Learn how much sleep is enough
- Understand the benefits of sleep
- Discover the sleep-weight connection
- Understand what impacts sleep
- Know what obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is
- Learn about weight management medicines
- Learn how medicines can affect weight
- Understand that bariatric surgery is an effective treatment choice for obesity
- Know the benefits and risks
- Learn what you need to know to help decide if the surgery may be a treatment choice for you
- Understand the weight changes after surgery
- Learn about lifestyle changes before and after surgery
- Learn about 3 types of surgery available in Alberta
Use the sections in this online learning module to support you going forward in your weight management journey. Once you’ve finished the learning module, there’s a final section that lists more resources in Alberta to give you other ideas. We encourage you to also speak with your healthcare providers.