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Tapping Into the Power of Your Health Care Team

Category: Taking Wegovy®

Your path to weight management is all about you—your goals, your reasons, and your ups and downs. That doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. You have people to support you all along the way, including your health care team.

A Team of Professionals at Your Service

When you want advice, you look for people who know what they are talking about. The members of your health care team are skilled in helping you find the right combination of lifestyle changes for you. They are just a visit, phone call, or a video chat away. If you need help in a particular area, you can add members to the team—having a group of people with different expertise is key to helping you reach your goals. Which team members could help you?

The primary care provider—the best source of information. They can help you understand what is going on in your body, guide you to set realistic goals, and provide a care plan that will help you work toward those goals. They can also discuss your experience with taking Wegovy™ to manage your weight along with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity.

The specialists—experts in their field. You may have other health care providers who treat you for conditions related to your weight, such as an endocrinologist or a cardiologist. These providers should communicate regularly with other members of your health care team. Share everything with them that you would share with other members of your team.

The nurse—your key contact. This important team member includes nurses, nurse practitioner, and physician assistants. This is the person who will take your calls, get you ready to see the primary care provider, and help connect you with resources and other members of the team.

The nutritionist or dietitian—the demystifier. Choosing foods and the right portions can be tough. A nutritionist can help untangle the complicated web of food options and make a plan that supports your goals.

The physical activity specialist—the pace setter. This team member—which may also include physical therapists and occupational therapists—can help craft a plan to help you set small, achievable goals to build your strength and stamina as you develop a physical activity routine.

The behavioral expert—the listener. You can talk with a licensed therapist, clinical psychologist, social worker, or health coach about what challenges you’re facing, what you are excited about, and the goals you want to reach. They can also help you find and keep your motivation.

There is one more expert on this team—you! You know yourself and where you want to be. That’s why it’s so important to talk openly and clearly with your team. In person or online, your team is ready to help.

 

Get Support From Your Coach

If you have a WeGoTogether Coach, you can connect with your Coach about similar topics you might cover with a behavioral expert. Your Coach can also help you set goals, like a nutritionist or physical activity specialist. However, keep in mind that your Coach cannot offer medical advice. You can set up a time to connect with your coach, or if you need immediate assistance, call 1-833-4-WEGOVY.

If you haven’t yet activated coaching, you can start at any time. Just visit your Settings page.

Communication Is Key

So how can you keep the lines of communication open and get the most out of every visit with your health care team? Try the 3 P’s: Prepare, Partner, and Plan.

CONSIDER THE P’s

Prepare

Preparing for your appointments is the first step in communicating with your health care team.

  • Spend some time thinking about what you want to cover. Write down what you want to talk about and what you want to get out of the appointment. You may have limited time to talk, so start your list with the highest priority topics.
  • Use your WeGoTogether™ Journal to keep track of your thoughts, goals, and questions you may have for your health care team.
  • Keep your stats up to date on your portal. Then, when it comes time for an appointment, you can get an up-to-date WeGoTogether™ Snapshot to help you plan your visit.
Partner

Good communication can help create a comfortable partnership.

  • Talk openly with your health care team. It may help you feel more satisfied with your care and more confident in managing your weight.
  • Share your notes and thoughts with your team.
  • Be sure to write down what you agree to during the appointment.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask them to explain something to you that is confusing—your team is there to help you and wants to make sure you understand.
Plan

When you’re facing challenges, your health care team can help you create a plan to move forward.

  • Talk with your team about what’s coming up in your life. Do you have a big event planned? A vacation or anything else that might affect your physical activity or tempt you with unhealthy food choices?
  • Tell your team and work with them to get ahead of those challenges before they happen. It can help you feel more confident and in control when you plan ahead.

It’s All About Trust

It’s important to trust your health care team when you’re managing your weight. In an ideal health care experience, your team will encourage you to ask questions, be respectful of your experience and concerns, and work to help you understand the conversation. If you’re uncertain about the support you are getting from your current health care team, ask yourself:

• How comfortable do I feel when talking with members of my health care team about weight?

• How long does each appointment last? Do I feel I have enough time with my health care team?

• When I tell my health care team members about something important to me, how do they respond?

If you have concerns about your relationship with any member of your health care team, it’s OK to consider other professionals. To research obesity care providers in your area, here’s a good place to start.

Remember, this is your life and your path. The team walking beside you should be ready to help when you need them. Reach out, make the most of your team of skilled professionals, and take an active part in your treatment experience.

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