For many, the New Year is a time to reflect on the last twelve months and think about what you’d like to improve upon. And, as it should be, good health is at the top of most of our lists — especially in terms of weight management.
Sharing Your Health Goals with Your Healthcare Provider
Managing your weight and its impact on your health is a hard task to do alone. Having a number of support systems in place can help you find success along your weight management journey, and your relationship with your healthcare provider is one of the most important ones!
The right healthcare professional will take time to listen to your concerns, assess your current health status and help you find ways to improve your health long-term. They’re also a valuable resource for learning about other types of help available to you — including dietitian nutritionists, exercise physiologists, personal trainers, therapists, etc. Your healthcare provider is a wealth of information!
Before you embark on accomplishing your New Year resolutions, make sure to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider so you can share them publicly with someone you trust. Your healthcare provider can equip with you with the right information and tools to guide you, as well as a strategy to get you where you want to be.
Come to Your Appointments Prepared
Ready to pick up the phone and make your first healthcare appointment of 2018? That’s great! Before your visit, however, make sure you come prepared with the following items:
- A general idea of your current health status
- A general idea of your medical history
- A list of your current medications and dietary supplements
- Your current medical records
- A list of your 2018 goals and expectations
- Any questions you may have about weight management and overall health
- A positive attitude!
We know that weight can be a sensitive topic and that going to a healthcare provider can feel extremely intimidating. But your weight matters for your health, and if good health is one of your 2018 goals, taking this extra step is important.