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Welcome to Constant Health
We’re helping Desjardins Insurance clients
make healthy changes — that last.
Congratulations
On taking your first step toward lasting
weight management and behaviour change!
If you’re on this page, it’s because you’ve recently been approved for an anti-obesity medication (AOM). We’re here to help you maximize the benefits of your treatment and support you every step of the way.

While AOMs are incredible, they’re not designed to work on their own. We think about it like a self-driving car:while it’s amazing technology, it’s even more effective when combined with a smart navigation system that predicts traffic, weather, road closures, and speed limits.
Similarly, AOMs work best when paired with a well-structured weight management program. Our program not only maximizes the benefits of your medication, but also helps to minimize potential side effects.

Constant Health has been selected by Desjardins as their preferred partner to help you on your weight loss journey. Depending on your coverage plan, most, if not all, of our program fees will be covered through your benefits.
Benefits
Over the course of our 15-week Program you’ll receive:
Medication synergy &
side effects mitigation
  • Enhanced Treatment Outcomes: Maximize the benefits and reduce potential side effects of weight management medications through expert guidance.
Comprehensive support
  • Expert Guidance: Designed by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, MD, co-author of the Canadian Obesity Practice Guidelines, and Dr. Alexandra Segal, C. Psych. You’ll receive over 5 hours of one-on-one expert guidance from your personal Registered Dietitian, who specializes in weight management and behaviour change.
  • Holistic Approach: Integrate Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and personalized nutrition guidance to foster sustainable healthy behaviours.
Customized plans
  • Personalized Nutrition & Behavioural Strategies: Tailored advice and evidence-based strategies to develop healthier habits and enhance treatment effectiveness.
Advanced technology
  • Innovative Platform: Access personalized support, track your progress, and stay engaged with our cutting-edge technology.
  • Data-Driven Insights: Leverage real-time data to make informed decisions and optimize your health journey.
Long term success
  • Sustainable Change: Build long-term healthy habits and lifestyle changes for lasting results.
  • Ongoing Education: Access continuous learning resources to stay informed and motivated with the option to continue working in a plan that fits your needs.
As part of our partnership with Desjardins Insurance, we’re offering an exclusive 10% discount to all Desjardins plan members.
Affordable Health: Less Than a Coffee a Day
Through your Desjardins Insurance benefits plan, our comprehensive health program costs less than a daily cup of coffee.
Invest in long-term wellness for the price of a simple indulgence.
Pricing
How your Desjardins coverage works
The regular cost of our program
$
750
Desjardins 10% discount
$
75
Total before reimbursement
$
675
Reimbursement*
$
500
Your total cost
$
175
After each of your appointments you immediately receive a receipt that can then be submitted for reimbursement from Desjardins.

Please note an instalment payment option is available ($275x3) where a 10% discount will be applied to each payment.
*Reimbursement may vary based on your insurance plan coverage.
If you have questions about how Constant Health services are covered by your insurance,
please see your insurance booklet or call Desjardins Insurance Client Relations Centre at 1-800-463-7843

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to work with your prescribers, or can I get the prescription from my doctor?

We have hundreds of clients who get their prescription through their family doctor. We offer our prescribers to those who are either unable to access a family doctor or who, despite your meeting medical criteria for their use, are not willing to prescribe anti-obesity medications.

Is there anything else I should consider about these medications’ usage?

Yes, as with any medication, how a person responds is unique. Meaning if you try thesemedications and don’t find them to be effective, you’ll stop them. Similarly,if you try these medications and develop side effects that don’t go away overtime, you’ll stop them. The only way you would continue with these (or any)medications would be if you decide that they were effective and withouttroublesome side effects.

Are there people who absolutely should not take this medication?

Yes, people who have a history of medullary thyroid cancer, people trying to conceive a child, and people who are breast feeding.

Are there long-term risks to these medications?

As noted, they have been used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes since the early 2000s so there is unlikely to be any surprising unknown risks. As far as risk goes, there are reported rare risks of pancreatitis and a slowing of stomach emptying. As far as long-term benefits go, these medications, consequent to their impact on weight, help to reduce the burden of many weight responsive medical conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea as well as reducing the mechanical load bearing on painful joints. These drugs are currently being investigated for their ability to reduce the risk of heart disease, kidney disease and dementia as they appear to be helpful with all three. We also know from patients who have had bariatric surgery that cancer risk lowers with sustained weight loss for some of our most common cancers including breast, colon, and uterine cancer.

How are these medications administered?

Currently these medications are self-administered at home by way of a needle thinner than a human hair and only 4mm long.

Does a person’s diet influence how well these medications work?

Yes. Think of these medications as amplifiers. Just as with a stereo system, if you have a great amplifier with a strong signal you’ll have great sound coming out of your speakers. But even with a great amplifier, if the signal is weak or choppy, the sound will be poor. What these drugs amplify are the body’s own fullness queues and so diets organized to maximize fullness will see these drugs work more effectively.

What sorts of side effects are associated with these medications?

The primary side effects with GLP1 analogues tend to be gastrointestinal. Symptoms may include constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, and nausea.. The most common side effect is nausea. The good news is that these side effects are either easily managed or dissipate over time. The primary side effect leading to the cessation of these medications is persistent nausea but this only happens in about 2% of patients.

How long do these medications need to be taken?

As with any chronic condition treated with medication, if the medication is stopped there’s a very strong likelihood that the condition it was treating will recur. While some patients may affect changes to their lives that allow them to either decrease these medications’ dosages or stop them altogether, the expectation should be that they will be needed on a long term basis.

How much do these medications cost?

Cost will vary depending on if you have coverage under your private health insurance and what pharmacy is dispensing the medication, but assuming you don’t have any type of coverage you should expect to pay between $250-$350/month.

How do they work in the body?

We’ve been using  GLP-1 analogues in the treatment of type 2 diabetes since the early 2000s. In patients with diabetes ,these medications help them produce and utilize insulin more efficiently. We’ve been GLP-1analogues  for slightly less time in the treatment of obesity but we know that  when these medications bind to receptor cells in the brain, they can influence the appetite control centre and people typically experience decreased hunger, decreased cravings, and a more rapid feeling of fullness.

What type of medication are Ozempic and Saxenda?

Ozempic and saxenda are GLP-1 analogues. They mimic the body’s own hormone, glucagon-like peptide 1 which is produced by our intestines when there is food in our stomachs.

Will I need to weigh myself?

No, the choice will be yours! Weight is just one more data point that can help us understand if we are headed in the direction you want to go. Scales measure the gravitational pull of the earth at a given moment in time - nothing else. The number on the scale has no relationship to what type of person you are, your health or your own self worth. We appreciate that for some people stepping on the scale can have an adverse reaction to their motivation, mood or confidence. That is why we also focus on other non-scale measures like strength, stamina, consistency, health metrics, or simply how your pants are fitting!

Will I be given a meal plan?

No we don’t use meal plans, but this is a question we get asked a lot! 

We don’t believe in handing out food plans for several reasons:

  • To say they are restrictive is an understatement- It's a prescriptive way of eating that dictates what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat it. That sounds pretty miserable to us!
  • They don’t last - Clinical practice shows that following food plans are often a temporary intervention and they rarely to lead to sustainable change. 
  • There is no one size fits all - We don’t know what will work for you… yet! Constant Health is designed to help you find out what works for you; following a prescriptive meal plan eliminates opportunities to gather real life data and prevents us from understanding the challenges that are unique to you and can actually hinder long lasting change. 

Many of our clients are looking for inspiration; with that in mind we designed our recipes feature to support menu planning for individuals or even large families!  Here you will be able to filter our extensive recipe library to find meals and snacks that meet your own likes and preferences, save your favourites, add your own family favourites, and connect with the Constant Health community for recipe tips and tricks! We think this is a much better option than a meal plan - we hope you agree!

Will I need to buy any special foods or supplements?

No! We will never ask you to buy any special foods or supplements. You may want to update your shopping list after some of our discussions but your food choices will always be up to you.

Why do you recommend food tracking?

This is a bit of a long one, so we made a video for you. See intro to food tracking for more information.

What will happen during each appointment?

At Constant Health you're always in the driver's seat while we're in the passenger's seat to help guide you! We connect directly through your smartphone or tablet. During your appointments we will always set an agenda, this may sound a little formal but it ensures that we are always focusing on topics or issues that are at the top of your priority list and most relevant to you. We will review what’s working well and what might be more challenging and create experiments designed to identify new helpful strategies and support you in building new habits.

If you want to focus on a certain topic let us know and we can review the evidence together and discover ways to translate the science to real life!

What diet will I have to follow?

None. If you are interested in a certain dietary protocol such as Intermittent Fasting or the Ketogenic diet we can work together to implement this safely and sustainably into your daily routine. However, most of our clients don’t choose to follow a diet, they choose to find ways of eating that feel comfortable, reduce hunger, and support them in meeting their health goals.

What topics will be covered?

Each program is tailored to individual needs and requests, so we can cover a wide range of topics. Here are a few of the most common themes discussed during our sessions:

Popular topics
  • Weight management: Whether you are working towards weight loss or weight maintenance, energy balance matters. However you choose to eat, we will work to discover what that balance looks like for you. ‍
  • Managing hunger and cravings: Battling against intense hunger and cravings is one of the biggest roadblocks to losing and maintaining weight. What if rather than white-knuckling it you found a way to minimize and maybe even eliminate cravings? Work with our team to identify patterns, triggers and trends in your hunger and cravings and begin to experiment with strategies and tools designed to minimize and respond to them.‍
  • Health metrics: Weight can impact our health so if you have been diagnosed with conditions such as type 2 diabetes, GERD,  elevated cholesterol or blood pressure and want to learn how diet and lifestyle changes could help, let us know. We will dive into your own data together and discover what strategies may be helpful before collecting evidence to prove or disprove your hypothesis.‍
  • Diet protocols: There are many evidence based diet protocols published: Mediterranean, DASH, Ketogenic, and Intermittent Fasting, to name a few! Many find benefit from following these guidelines and others pick and choose key aspects that work for them. If you are interested in exploring a specific diet let us know and we can explore that in more detail together.‍
  • Plant based eating: Whether you want to introduce meat free Monday, or you are looking to build your plant-based recipe repertoire, or you are considering a transition to a pescatarian, vegetarian, or vegan lifestyle; work with your dietitian to find an approach that is both appealing, healthy, and sustainable for you!
Does meal timing impact your weight?
  • Intermittent fasting:Alternate day, modified, or time restricted fasting are all popular subject areas. Want to know more about the evidence and be able to separate the facts from fiction, or test out a different approach to eating to see if it’s the right fit for you?‍
  • Eating around shift work: If you don’t work 9-5, meal timing, planning, and preparation can be challenging. Find a way of eating that gives you the energy you need, when you need it!‍
  • Breakfast: Is it really the most important meal of the day? If you don’t wake up hungry is there any benefit to eating breakfast?‍
  • Meal planning and prep: Look at different approaches to meal planning and preparation to help you meet your health goals.‍
  • Sports nutrition: from planning for a long hike to the most effective way to fuel for your training session. Explore the world of sports nutrition and how different dietary strategies can help you get the most out of your workouts.‍
  • Superfoods: Antioxidants, vitamins, enzymes, and healthy bacteria. Is there really such a thing as a superfood?‍
  • Detox diets: Do you need to detox? Review the evidence to see if it’s even possible to go on a detox diet!‍
  • Nutrition and ageing: Learn about the different dietary factors that can help to protect your health as you age.‍
  • Allergies and intolerances: If you have been diagnosed with a food allergy or you're interested in food allergy testing let us know. We can discover what dietary factors you may need to consider when eliminating foods from your diet, to top tips when grocery shopping including ways to avoid cross contamination.‍
  • Digestive health: Learn more about the relationship between food, lifestyle factors and our digestive tract!‍
  • Probiotics/prebiotics: What are they, how do they differ and should you be taking one?‍
  • IBS: learn how to prevent or minimize symptoms and identify trigger foods.‍
  • Mindful eating: You might have heard of eating mindfully but what does it really mean? Explore and experiment with techniques of mindful eating to see if they benefit you.‍
  • Saving money: Explore ways to not only save money on your food bills but also minimize waste.‍
  • Supplements: What are the benefits and should you be taking any?‍
  • Caffeine: It may be your wake-up warrior…learn if the caffeinated drinks in your diet are impacting  your health.‍
  • Eating Out and Socializing: Meeting up for a potluck, having drinks with friends or eating at your favourite restaurant; these eating experiences can be challenging when you are looking at the way you eat to meet your health goals. Discuss different strategies you could try to both enjoy these occasions and prevent weight gain.

If you have questions beyond these subjects, we want to know. Our clinicians have a wealth of clinical experience and want to hear what is most important to you.

What makes Constant Health unique?

Constant Health is the only program of its kind in Canada. Our service was designed with equal focus on both behavioural and medical science to support you in forming long lasting behaviours and habits that help lead you to your health and lifestyle goals. Each person who joins our program has a unique journey customized to their needs and diet preferences. 

You will receive over 5 hours of direct support from our team of registered dietitians trained in both nutrition science and behaviour change. Our clinicians specialize in supporting clients with weight loss and chronic disease management. 

Our technology is designed to be a tool that can be customized to each user's needs and diet preferences that not only supports your journey between appointments, but allows us to have interactive sessions in which we can review data specific to you and develop strategies that are designed to help you on your journey.

What does a dietitian do?

Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into real life and work with you to uncover the amazing benefits that food has to offer. Dietitians are registered professionals and hold a protected title, this means they only work with evidence based information. Dietitians will help guide you through the sea of myths and polarized advice to discover how your diet can really affect you. Rather than fitting yourself into a pre-made rigid diet, they will help you to create a tailor made, flexible approach that is designed specifically for you. This means they consider your health, your schedule and your preferences to address your own challenges. 

Our teams’  knowledge doesn’t stop at nutrition; Constant Health dietitians receive ongoing training from our Director of Clinical Product and Behavioral Science, Dr. Segal, C.Psych to utilize principles of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and behaviour change science to not only guide you through information, but to discover sustainable ways to implement change, navigate roadblocks, form and most importantly maintain new habits.

Click here if you want to learn more about what dietitians do.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in learning more about Constant Health check out our blog, social media, and Youtube channel:

Of course you can also email us, info@constanthealth.ca, and we'll be happy to answer any of your questions.

I have a holiday planned during the program. Will I have to diet when I am away?

No, your food choices will always be your own! Many may aim for weight maintenance while on holiday to allow for more flexibility while still keeping some structure to maintain or develop new habits. Others plan to approach vacations differently. Holidays and celebrations will always be part of life and part of our job is to help teach you strategies to ensure that you still enjoy yourself.

Can I continue with Constant Health when the program is over?

We would love to keep working with you! We hope, just like you wouldn’t stop brushing your teeth after you see the dentist, that you continue to practice the skills you’ve started to develop while participating in our program. Behaviour change is about progress, not perfection; we’ve designed our follow-up program, Relapse Prevention, to make sure that you continue to progress. 

Relapse Prevention is designed to offer you as much support as you need, when you need it. Whether you want to work on your own to set experiments, continue to work regularly with your dietitian to both practice and learn new skills, or to have a quick check in when you need a booster session; we’ve got a model that will fit your needs.

How much time will this take?

Great question! The answer will vary between each client. The very minimum time required to undertake this program is ~6 hours to attend appointments;however, we know it is almost impossible to form long lasting habits in 6 hours! If you are hoping to discover lifestyle changes and health habits that support you to make lasting changes we suggest being able to dedicate at least 30 minutes each day throughout the program.

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