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McMaster Children’s Hospital: Providing obesity management closer to home

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What we are doing

Distance to health care services can be a barrier to receiving necessary care for children with obesity. McMaster hopes to better support patients in the regions outside of hamilton through working with local health care centers and creating partnerships.

McMaster Children’s Hospital is creating a 2-year program for pediatric obesity management closer to home for families in the Niagara region of southern Ontario.

Plans

The team is using educational resources developed as part of the Meant2Prevent initiative to support health care providers and enable teams to develop partnerships in other parts of Canada to establish shared care.

 

What’s Been Happening

  • The McMaster team has started delivering training on obesity assessment and management to Niagara health care providers with a full-day workshop
  • Teams received 4, one-hour “booster” sessions in fall 2020.

 

Next Steps

  • Expand training to other regions
  • Support families with virtual cooking classes utilizing the Meant2Prevent Kitchen recipes

Testimonials

“This training will help in my practice as I engage with kids aged 4 to 6 years and their parents, and I will be able to provide them better assistance in living healthy lifestyles.”

– Niagara area healthcare provider

Response to COVID

With the current pandemic situation, many of the plans for expansion have been put on hold, although the team at McMaster…..