Weight Wellness

Weight Wellness Lifestyle Program

Healthy body weight is an important aspect of overall health and well-being. Obesity and overweight are serious concerns for the Canadian Armed Forces because they are risk factors for a variety of chronic health conditions and because of their negative impact on operational readiness.

Weight wellness can be broadly defined as the ability to sustain a healthy weight over the long term, leading to improved health and well-being. Several lifestyle factors influence weight wellness: good nutrition and eating habits, and obtaining an adequate level of physical activity to maintain weight and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

The Weight Wellness Lifestyle Program is designed as a workshop-based group course to motivate and enable CAF personnel to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight and a healthy lifestyle based on the most current scientific evidence.

The tools you need for a better lifestyle

Weight Wellness Lifestyle Program will help you :

  • Set realistic goals for losing weight and keeping it off.
  • Develop a healthy eating plan and adjust portion sizes for healthy weight loss.
  • Develop a physical activity plan to boost your metabolism.
  • Understand and interpret nutrition labels and restaurant menus.
  • Get the lowdown on healthy meal planning and snacking.
  • Manage hunger and food cravings.
  • Tackle the common weight loss myths and fallacies.
  • Monitor your progress and help you stay on track.

In Weight Wellness Lifestyle Program you will :

  • Attend 8 interactive workshops with special topics on nutrition, physical activity and behaviour modification.
  • Receive handouts and tools to get you on the right track for weight management.
  • Complete assignment activities such as recording your eating and activity patterns to understand and manage problem areas.
  • Develop a realistic action plan for a healthier lifestyle.

Weight Wellness Lifestyle Program was developed by CF Health Services, Directorate of Force Health Protection as part of Strengthening the Forces (STF) health promotion programs for the CAF.

For more information, contact your Health Promotion office.