POTAC Fall Friday Forum – Lifestyle Choices for Wellness and Prevention of Chronic Disease

POTAC Fall Friday Forum

Lifestyle Choices for Wellness and Prevention of Chronic Disease

Presented by Camille Dieterle, OTD, OTR/L

Friday, November 15, 2013
12:15 PM Registration
12:30 – 4:30 PM Presentation


Central Classroom Building (CCB), Rm. 115
San José State University
San José, CA 95112

Program Description

This seminar will cover occupational therapy interventions for weight reduction and maintenance, the prevention and management of diabetes and the precursors to heart disease: high cholesterol and blood pressure, and stress reduction and management. Topics covered include an overview of the weight loss process, building motivation for behavior change, healthy eating, exercise, sleep and stress management with particular emphasis on how each of these lifestyle factors can impact someone with psychiatric conditions.


  • Introduction to wellness and prevention
    • Risk factors and prevalence in persons labeled with psychiatric disorders
    • Topics and priorities for preventing disability
  • Interventions for Weight Reduction and Maintenance
    An overview of the Lifestyle Redesign Occupational Therapy approach to weight reduction and maintenance.

    • Motivational Interviewing and lifestyle change
    • Healthy Eating:
      • Good vs. bad carbs
      • Blood sugar regulation, energy and mood
      • Good vs. bad fats and how to reduce cholesterol
      • Nutrition labels and eating out
      • Emotional eating
    • The top five benefits of exercise for disability prevention
      • Blood sugar regulation
      • Blood pressure reduction
      • Mood enhancement
      • Calorie burning
      • Muscle building
    • Sleep and Weight
    • Stress and Weight
    • American Association of Diabetes Educators 7 Self-Care Behaviors
  • Stress Management, lifestyle factors and mood
    • The impact of stress both physiologically and psychologically
    • Stress Management strategies
    • Balance wheel
    • Six Dimensions of Wellness
    • Positive Psychology, prevention and resilience
  • Outpatient case studies

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how lifestyle factors and choices impact risk for chronic diseases
  • Provide occupational therapy interventions that address weight, diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and stress
  • Understand techniques used to build motivation in clients

Presenter’s Bio

Camille Dieterle received her MA and OTD degrees in OT at USC. She specializes in the Lifestyle Redesign® treatment process for wellness and prevention of chronic conditions such as overweight/obesity, cardiovascular health, and behavioral health. As Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy at the USC Division of Occupational Science and OT, she teaches content in the master’s program and the Creating a Sustainable Lifestyle course in the Occupational Science Minor undergraduate program. Additionally, Dr. Dieterle is a certified yoga instructor in both hatha and kundalini yoga.


Pay at the door: $35 for POTAC & OTAC members; $50 for nonmembers; students $10. Certificates of Attendance will be provided to qualify for PDUs – 4 contact hours. A percentage of all proceeds go to the Kim Aspelund Memorial Scholarship.

To reserve a space, register with Lynne Andonian by Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 408-924-3059 or ude.usjsnull@nainodna.ennyl. For transportation & parking see the SJSU website.

Education Credits

This course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit (CEUs) for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Provider Name: Psychiatric Occupational Therapy Action Coalition
Provider Number: PCE 5125

There will be no refunds in cases of failure to attend the complete presentation.

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