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This course will discuss the unique physical and psychological barriers associated with severe obesity, while providing practical advice to help patients overcome these obstacles.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the potential impact of body image and weight stigma on adoption of physical activity.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify different forms of movement that can be learned and practiced by patients at all fitness and skill levels.
  3. Participants will be able to identify and use effective approaches to promote physical activity among patients with varying levels of motivation.

1:30pm Introduction
David Creel, CDE MD/PhD RD; Dale Bond, PhD
1:35pm Weight Bias, Body Image, and Physical Activity
Valentina Ivezaj, PhD
1:49pm Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Physical Activity
Jason Lillis, PhD
2:03pm Resistance? No Sweat! Motivating Movement and beginner strengthening exercises
Matthew Stults-Kolehmainen, PhD FACSM ACSM EP-C
2:21pm Tai Chi and Other Alternative Forms of Movement
Yin Wu, PhD
2:35pm Q/A & Panel Discussion and patient perspectives
Jamie Sarver, LPN
3:00pm Adjourn