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New Year’s Planning & Evaluation for Health Care Providers: Setting Yourself Up for Success (Free S.W.O.T. Analysis Template)



The New Year is always a time filled with new opportunities for health care providers, specifically for those who offer medical weight management. Patients are getting messages and reminders from all directions about losing weight, and New Year’s resolutions gives dieters renewed hope and motivation to start off 2018 on the right foot. This is the moment for providers to capitalize on recruitment and re-engagement efforts — so don’t miss out! If you haven’t started your 2017 evaluation and 2018 planning, now is the time.

With 2018 already upon us, you may be in a time crunch if you don’t already have an evaluation plan in place. However, it’s not too late to at least get the wheels turning on how you can take a critical look at your progress from 2017. Use this information to start setting goals for the upcoming year. A quick and easy way to get this process started is with an analysis of your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, or “S.W.O.T.”

A S.W.O.T. analysis can be helpful for a variety of different reasons, and you can easily use this tried and true tool throughout the year — not just at the end — to continually gauge your progress towards your practice goals. And, you don’t need to do a lot in order to facilitate this process with your staff and executive team. We’ve provided a helpful template that you can download and edit to guide you through a simple S.W.O.T. analysis.

Things to Keep in Mind:
1. Avoid complexity or too much detail; rather, keep it short and simple and don’t over-analyze. Bullet points are sufficient. Long, overly detailed paragraphs can distract from the main focus.
2. Be realistic: Look at your current situation objectively and see it for what it is.
3. Be specific: Talk through what the core message or issues are and articulate those ideas as detailed as possible. (While still being concise!)
4. Don’t forget about your goals: Apply your analysis to your 2017 goals and see how they measure up. Then create new goals for 2018. Remember the point of the analysis is to start to create a foundation for what you want to achieve moving forward.

A S.W.O.T. analysis can be done with your team over lunch or if your clinic is having a slow day. It can be a fun, yet productive end of the year activity for the entire team to collaborate on collective goals and improvements. So, don’t skip over this important exercise because it sounds too hard or time consuming. The feedback you get from this can be invaluable in setting yourself up for New Year’s success!

Looking for more advice on your weight loss business strategic planning? Call Robard today at (800) 222-9201 or visit us at www.Robard.com/BAP to receive more information about our complimentary customer services, including business growth consultations!


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


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Using Technology to Stay Accountable to Your Weight Loss Program




If you’ve decided it’s time to lose weight, you might be wondering how you can stay on track and achieve your goal. With available apps that do everything from tracking your food to connecting you with online fitness buddies, smartphones offer numerous solutions to help you get healthy.

Food Tracking
Studies have shown as many as two-thirds of adults underestimate the number of calories we consume at any meal. Since a caloric deficit is essential for weight loss, it’s important to know how many calories you are consuming throughout the day.

There are many different apps you can download to your mobile device to help you keep track of your food intake. Apps such as LoseIt and MyPlate focus mainly on nutrition and calorie tracking. Other apps, including My Fitness Pal and SparkPeople, are more robust and have many features to help you live a healthier lifestyle in addition to basic nutrition tracking.

Activity Tracking
Improving your fitness level and losing weight isn’t just about healthy eating. The human body is meant to move. Our modern, sedentary lifestyle isn’t doing our bodies any favors.

Again, technology has provided some very useful solutions to help us move more. Many people rely on smartwatches and other watch-like fitness trackers to help them track their daily fitness. Products such as Garmin’s Vivofit come with a wide variety of options and can help you track everything from your daily steps to your heart rate and more.

Health Record Tracking
Before embarking on a new fitness routine, you should always check with your doctor regarding your current level of health and fitness. Getting regular check-ups and monitoring the results of various tests is a great motivator. Seeing your efforts to eat healthy and work out affect physical changes in your health might be the best reward of all.

There are apps and websites available, such as My Medical and Track My Medical Records, which allow you to manage all of your medical records in one place and compare results between tests.

Since privacy can be a real concern when accessing sensitive information online, you should consider taking steps to protect your privacy when using a computer or smartphone to access and store your medical information.

Online Communities
If you’re nervous about discussing your weight loss goals with your friends or family, you can find support online with other people who are working towards the same goals as you. Online communities like SparkPeople and apps such as WellSquad and Jaha Running can match you with people who have fitness or weight loss goals similar to your own.

Though feeling better and improving your health will be your ultimate motivation to stick with your weight loss program, using technology to track your progress and celebrate milestones can be very helpful if you start to lose interest or feel overwhelmed by the lifestyle changes you’re making. Any of these innovations can offer the extra bit of help you need to stay on track when you might feel like giving up.

Ready to Get Started? To find a Robard program near you, please visit our Find a Clinic page. If you’re a healthcare provider interested in Robard’s proven weight management programs, nutrition products and business services, you can learn more by visiting us here.


Blog Written by Cassie Phillips, Guest Blogger

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