The Janeway Lifestyle Program (JLP) has a holistic approach in helping children who have been identified as having a risk factor for the development of chronic disease, such as insulin resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The program increases healthy behaviours to prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease in children and their families in the province. Learn more.
Healthy lifestyle programs that focus on weight as the primary measure of success can unintentionally increase weight bias and stigma. Healthy bodies come in many shapes and sizes.
Weight bias and discrimination has numerous negative effects on health. These include:
- Emotional – depression, anxiety, self-esteem, body image.
- Social – social rejection, weight-based bullying.
- Physical – avoidance of physical activity (due to stigma).
- Behavioural – unhealthy weight control practices, yo-yo dieting, binge eating.
- Medical – delay or avoidance of preventative health service.
The Janeway Lifestyle Program provides a safe, social space and non-judgmental service. The focus is on reducing barriers and increasing nutrition quality, physical activity and self-esteem for all children to help them enjoy a healthy life for a longer time.
The Janeway Lifestyle Team produces three electronic ‘Be the Wave’ newsletters per year for health providers.
The goal of these newsletters is to help health-care professionals in Newfoundland and Labrador develop or maintain skills in pediatric chronic disease prevention by promoting healthy, active living for children and families.
The newsletter is developed with input from all disciplines on our team. It includes a case presentation from genuine clinic scenarios, links to current research articles, spotlights on current health issues, and information about upcoming provincial educational events.
If you would like to receive a copy, please complete the ‘Be the Wave’ Registration Form (PDF).
- Rudd Centre – Toolkit for Health Professionals - practical suggestions on how to reduce weight bias and stigma in your practice
- Balanced View - information on how to reduce weight bias and stigma in healthcare professionals
- Canadian Obesity Network
- Pediatric 5 A’s – tool to facilitate discussions on weight with pediatric patients
- Pediatric EOSS - clinical and prognostic staging system that can inform and evaluate the management of pediatric obesity
- Meant2Prevent – youth-focused resources for families and healthcare professionals to promote healthy living