“trained interventionists” in healthcare settings

Every now and again I’ll cruise the headlines at Drudge Report. Yesterday I saw a collection of headlines that read: “Gov’t Panel Wants to Tax Dessert”, “‘Electronic Tracking’ of How Long Americans Sit in Front of TV”, “Recommends ‘Plant-based’ Diets.” The links all lead to this article from The Washington Free Beacon which tells about the Federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) new proposal for improving the health of Americans. The document, available for public comment for 45 days before moving along the process, is a “571-page report of recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Thursday, which detailed its plans to ‘transform the food system.’”
It doesn’t take long in the document to find mention of using “trained interventionists” to improve the health of our fellow citizens. Page five has a heading “Actions for Individuals and Families/Households”, after which we are told to ‘think prevention’, ‘know and understand how to modify your diet and physial activity to reduce personal and family member health risks”, and to “Use available Dietary Guidelines for Americans tools.” Under that last suggestion is this bullet point (bold added for emphasis):
As needed, seek regular advice from qualified health care providers to establish apersonalized plan for prevention that includes steps to adopt healthy dietary patterns andphysical activity.
As appropriate, engage with nutrition and health professionals to address personal health risks that can be lowered with sound diet and physical activity, or participate in comprehensive lifestyle interventions conducted by trained interventionists (registered dietitians/nutritionists, exercise and behavioral specialists).
Wait, what? “participate in comprehensive lifestyle interventions….by trained interventionist?”
Imma let that sink in for a few minutes. waiting toad “trained interventionist.” The document goes on to use it more, as in, “Comprehensive lifestyle interventions and evidence-based dietary interventions for weight management in individuals and small groups should be developed and implemented by trained interventionists and professional nutrition service providers in healthcare settings as well as in community locations, including public health facilities and worksites,” and “ES 10. There do not appear to be substantial differences in the size of the weight losses produced by
individual- and group-based sessions in high-intensity, comprehensive lifestyle intervention delivered on site by a trained interventionist.
3.4.11. Characteristics of Lifestyle Intervention Delivery That May Affect Weight Loss or Weight Loss Maintenance: Onsite Versus Electronically Delivered Interventions
ES 11. Weight losses observed in comprehensive lifestyle interventions, which are delivered onsite by a
trained interventionist in initially weekly and then biweekly group or individual sessions, are generally greater than weight losses observed in comprehensive interventions that are delivered by Internet or email and which include feedback from a trained interventionist.
I read the words so many times that I wasn’t sure if I truly understood what a trained interventionist was. Thankfully, the 571-page document includes a glossary of terms:
“Interventionist—Trained health professionals (e.g., registered dietitians, psychologists, exercise
physiologists, health counselors, or professionals in training) who adhere to formal protocols in
providing healthy lifestyles counseling and treatment, such as for weight management. In a few
cases, lay persons are used as trained interventionists; they received instruction in protocols
(designed by health professionals) for programs that have been validated in high-quality trials
and published in peer-reviewed journals.”
Well, THAT about clears it up, right? My takeaways from the article and document are that in the not-so-distant-future it would behoove me to pay attention to these trends, align my courses of studies accordingly, and position BigZigFitness to become a source of ‘trained interventionists’, ready to help make positive changes regarding the healthcare of Americans! But, then, aren’t those already some of my goals?

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