Retreat Planning is a Whole New World . . .
Just wow. All of the little details (and costs!) I never thought of.
Let’s just say I can see why most people don’t hold retreats. YET – I still want to do one! (I also would totally GO to a retreat. Like one of these. Unfortunately the 2023 dates do not work for me, but I’ll be eagerly awaiting what they will be offering in 2024.)
Anyway, I am confident BLP LIVE will happen! Just ironing out final details. I think I finally nailed down venue and am taking a last site visit tonight (!).
Very interesting podcast ep:
Maintenance Phase shared their take on the AAP Guidelines on Obesity.
I think their reactions were valid, and as a provider smack in the center of this subject matter, I’m really glad I listened. On one hand, I do think it is nice that we have more options we are able to offer to children in cases when parents + kids want to try them. The guidelines make me feel safe recommending medications when parents/kids specifically ask about wanting to try them. I can then review the evidence and the offerings plus potential side effects and let them decide.
But — I absolutely do not think we should be outright stating, “Since your child’s BMI is over X, guidelines suggest we should start them on medication.” And the guidelines sort of suggest that is what I am ‘supposed’ to do.
I also liked the MP perspective and reminder on how meaningful the physician encounters can be to young, vulnerable patients. Even when it feels routine on my end, I know my words (and actions, and suggestions, and body language) have power. I would never want my words to cause anyone long-term harm.
Finally, like the MP hosts, I also hate the emphasis on weight as a surrogate end point for health, and the lack of discussion (and probably knowledge) about long term outcomes of these treatments.
This is more medical than I usually get on this site, but this was more my reaction to hearing the podcast so I figured I would share.
And in OTHER OTHER NEWS:
I tried Hoka Clifton 8s. (100% influenced by HRG). I liked them! They put my foot at a very different angle than my usual ACIS Gel Nimbus and I think the variation is going to be good for me long term. They are light but also VERY cushy.
(I do wear super shoes — Nike AlphaFly — but for races and I will start wearing them for ‘workouts’, but currently I am doing more base building and not very many workout-type efforts!)