Welcome to the course
With 60% of our population living way above levels considered a healthy weight, the need for effective weight management strategies has never been greater.
We know that people seek help from their GPs and from health professionals about their body weight. But it’s often a difficult conversation for health professionals to have - about how they might manage it. And indeed, thinking about what solutions might suit that particular person in front of you.
We hope that this short course will give you some cases to look at, ideas to explore, and helpful ways that might impact on your practise about how you might help those patients, the majority of which are actually looking to you for a solution.
We would like to start the course by hearing from you. As healthcare professionals, there will probably be a variety of reasons why each of you have signed up to do this course.
If you haven’t already introduced yourself or would like to provide more reasons for taking part in the course, take a moment to share your thoughts within the Comments.
Perhaps you might like to tell other learners about who you are, where you’re from and why you are interested in learning about food as medicine in relation to weight management or how you’re planning to change your approach to consulting your clients.
Also consider reading and commenting on contributions made by other learners or following learners with similar interests as you.
Follow the course mentor, Melissa
The course features mentoring by Melissa Adamski. Melissa’s job is to make sure your learning experience is the best it can be, by guiding conversation and discussion.
We strongly recommend that you consider following Melissa to make sure you’re aware of the comments she makes throughout the course. You can follow her by selecting the links to her FutureLearn profile page and then selecting “Follow”.
New to FutureLearn?
If you’re new to FutureLearn, you may want to familiarise yourself with how FutureLearn courses work before getting started.
Mark as complete
When you are finished on this step, select the Mark as complete button before moving on to the next step. Continue to mark each step as complete as you make your way through the course.
Doing so, helps you keep track of your progress through the course and counts towards your certificate.
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