Health IRL

Health “In Real Life” (IRL) is a series of live, interactive conversations to help people navigate the changing healthcare landscape with insights from experts.


Health IRL: Transforming Weight Loss Management

Mike Shaw

Participant in Wake Forest Weight Management Program

Dr. Jamy Ard

Clinical Researcher at Wake Forest Baptist Health

Lygeia Ricciardi



When? Jul 29, 2021,  2:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM PT

Nearly 75% of Americans are overweight, including 42% who have obesity. The pandemic has heightened the problem, since many of us find comfort in food, and delivery services like Doordash and Uber Eats make it easier than ever to consume calories while barely getting off the couch to answer the door.

While there are many apps and tools for consumers or patients to use to lose weight on their own, programs that incorporate medically-assisted weight management and obesity care yield the best outcomes.

Dr. Jamy Ard co-directs the Weight Management Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health, where he and his team use a variety of state-of-the-art approaches to help patients manage obesity. He’s currently working with Carium to transform weight management using virtual care technology, including tactics such as tailoring patient feedback, targeting treatments, and engaging with patients remotely at the most impactful moments in daily life.

Join us on Thursday, July 29th for a colorful and candid conversation with Dr. Jamy Ard and Wake Forest patient Mike Shaw as they share what they’ve learned about managing weight virtually, and how others can learn from their journey and replicate their success.

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The Health IRL Team

Lygeia Ricciardi

Host & Moderator

Ashley Dauwer

Platform & Engagement Ninja


What’s Different

about Health IRL?

It’s Made Fresh for You. We take input from our community about the most relevant, useful topics at the intersection of digital health, patient-centered health, and real life in real time.

It’s Interactive. This is not your Grandpa’s webinar. It’s a lively moderated conversation. You can chat, answer polls, Tweet, and ask your questions live on camera, if you choose to.

It Highlights the Patient Perspective. Each session  features two guests ⁠— a healthcare expert and a patient expert ⁠— we believe the intersection of both perspectives is key in healthcare

Recordings of Past Sessions

 Mike S.

 Everyone who has had the opportunity to join this amazingly relevant conversation has gained valuable insight in this critical time.

What the Community is Saying

 Laura W.

 I have rewatched every webinar so far... you have made me pick up my pen and tablet to write some of your thoughts as a personal goal for me to be able to translate to my patients.

 Michael S.

 Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate. It is an excellent format for talks. 


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