Powerful Conversations to Lead the Shift from Weight to Wellbeing

Skills - Sponsored by Creighton University

Shift from Weight to Wellbeing, weight neutral approach conference session by Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson, MS

Director of Workplace Wellness, Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Programs & Training

AAOHN 1.08 | AAFP 1.0 | ACSM 1.0 | CDR 1.0 | NCHEC 1.0


Despite decades of conclusive evidence that traditional weight-focused, “eat less, exercise more” interventions are ineffective, counterproductive, and potentially harmful, many individuals and organizations continue to invest in them. Fortunately, the tide is turning. As empirical evidence continues to accumulate, recognition of the need to adopt a weight-neutral, health-centric approach expands. Health and wellness professionals can lead this paradigm shift by effectively communicating this message with patients, clients, colleagues, community members, and organizational leaders. This can be challenging work because the weight-centric paradigm is deeply entrenched so many people will be resistant to considering an alternate approach.
During this session, we will clarify the core messages of the weight-neutral, health-centric approach, review the latest empirical conclusions about the need to adopt this approach, and provide strategies for combining evidence and powerful questions in persuasive conversations that help shift the paradigm from weight to well-being.

Presenter Bio(s):

Rebecca Johnson is a leader in the health promotion industry with more than 20 years of diverse experience in hands-on, management, and strategy roles. She currently serves as the Director of Workplace Wellness for Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Programs and Training, where she oversees the implementation of mindfulness-based and weight-neutral programs in the corporate wellness arena. Independently, she provides coaching and consulting services for organizations ready to leverage the power of organizational development and employee well-being to create a thriving culture.