CHANGE Program presented at Ontario College Family Physician's Conference

Dr. Jobin VarugheseDr. Jobin Varughese MD at Queen Square Family Health Team in Brampton gave a rapid fire presentation on the CHANGE Program at Ontario College of Family Physicians Annual ASA conference in Toronto on Nov 28, 2019.

In his talk titled “What are the Best Practices for Reducing Cardiometabolic Risk in Primary Care?”, Dr. Varughese reviewed the knowledge and performance gaps in diet and exercise interventions aimed at metabolic syndrome (MetS) in primary care. He summarized the best practices in this area that are integral components of the CHANGE Program (Canadian Health Advanced by Nutrition and Graded Exercise) and how the CHANGE Program is being implemented across primary care settings in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.

The session reviewed how program outcomes to date have shown significant improvements in MetS reversal, improvement in components of MetS, reduction in PROCAM Risk score and improved diet and physical activity levels. The positive participant experiences were also highlighted.

Great interest for the program was expressed by the Family MDs in the audience. See Dr. Varughese’s presentation.

Dr. Varughese is a Family Physician and OCFP Board Director.

The expansion of the CHANGE Program at the Queen Square Family Health Team is partly funded through a grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation.