Course Overview and Target Audience
This educational activity will discuss strategies and challenges for adding an exercise program to bariatric treatment using evidence based guidelines and experience from the field. The target audience includes physicians, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, nurses, athletic trainers and personal trainers.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Explain the guidelines for activity and exercise for individuals seeking bariatric surgery or conservative weight management and be able to describe effective exercise interventions from an evidence based practice perspective.
- Discuss strategies to overcome the challenges to the implementation of a safe exercise program in the adult and pediatric bariatric populations.
- Discuss methods for the development of multi-disciplinary teams and programs to address activity and exercise in individuals with obesity incorporating the role of exercise professionals and the integration of the patient, family and parents.