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Psychological Interventions to support Healthy Weight

Psychological Interventions to support Healthy Weight

Psychological Interventions to support Healthy Weight

Psychology colleagues from the Health Improvement and Physical Health workstreams hosted an online event in June aimed at raising awareness of psychological interventions to promote healthy weight in the general population.

“Psychological Interventions to support Healthy Weight”, in collaboration with Public Health Scotland and the Psychologists in Obesity Network Group, consisted of a morning webinar open to all working in NHS Scotland and partnership organisations, and an afternoon of specialist workshops from both a paediatric and adult perspective.

The morning webinar attracted 123 attendees and recordings of the presentations are available to watch;

The morning session was also used to introduce two learning programmes:

  • The new Challenging Weight Stigma Learning Hub, launched by Public Health Scotland, to increase awareness of the impact of stigma on weight and interventions to support healthy weight
  • NES’s Healthy Beginnings: MAP of Health Behaviour Change Learning Programme. This programme aims to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of practitioners working in Early Years services to start challenging conversations with parents or carers about their child’s health, and to support them to make behaviour changes to improve health and wellbeing. After a successful pilot in collaboration with NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council, the programme is now available to NHS Scotland and partner organisations across Scotland.

The afternoon session provided four specialist workshops which allowed further exploration of weight stigma, how the MAP approach helps practitioners to provide effective behaviour change support, paediatric weight services and Avoidant/Restrictive Food intake Disorder.

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July, 28 2022