TOPS Talks 2023 Schedule

Expert Advice and Virtual Support

(Last updated November 13, 2023) Our goal at TOPS has always been to help you focus on your safe and healthy journey to wellness. Individuals at any weight or size can take small steps to better health, especially with guidance from our TOPS Talks presenters, who have decades of combined experience in a variety of settings including medicine, obesity research and one-on-one patient care. At the conclusion of each presentation, members will have the opportunity to ask direct questions to help support their efforts to better health.

How to Register

The registration link for each talk will be available on the Webinars page located in My TOPS Resources.

Missed a Talk

Each recorded session will be placed in the Members Area. Chapters and members may access talks on demand. Please allow two business days after each talk for posting.

Upcoming Talks

Ian Patton, PhD

Dec. 9

“Matching Your Activity To Physical Challenges For a Maximum Benefit” With Ian Patton, PhD

Ian Patton is a passionate patient advocate who works as the Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement of Obesity Canada. In this role, Ian combines his academic background and training with his personal lived experience with obesity to help reach individuals living with obesity across Canada and to realize Obesity Canada's mission of improving the lives of Canadians living with obesity. Patton has also lived with obesity for the majority of his life, and is a post-surgical bariatric patient who now advocates both nationally and globally for improved access to care for individuals living with obesity as well as eliminating weight bias and discrimination.

Michael Olivier, PhD

Date: TBD

“We Are Not the Same: Differences in Obesity and Metabolic Health Between Women and Men” With Michael Olivier, PhD

Men are from Mars and women are from Venus, as the old saying goes, but how similar are we, really? If you look at your spouse, your parents, your siblings – it is clear that we all struggle differently with health, obesity, eating habits, and exercise. And it is not just hormones. Our genes and our lifestyle choices also affect men and women in different ways. Michael Olivier is the director of the Center for Precision Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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