Obesity Education and Resources for Healthcare Providers
In alignment with the American Medical Association staged approach to care for children who are obese or overweight with co-conditions, Children’s offers several clinical services that have interdisciplinary teams with experience in childhood obesity.
Obesity Program members are also working to support primary care providers in their well-child prevention approaches and in their follow-up visits for those children who are overweight with risk factors.
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Materials to Assist Providers
Small Steps to Health Pediatric Obesity Toolkit
In addition to the tools and resources available through NICHQ's Children's Obesity Action Network, you may find the Obesity Program’s Small Steps to Health Pediatric Obesity Toolkit helpful in implementing the AMA recommendations.
This toolkit has been successfully used during clinic visits by several local pediatric practices and can be easily adapted to your own pediatric population.
Provider Packet on Pediatric Obesity
Together with the local chapter of the American Heart Association, our program developed a packet to assist healthcare providers in discussing healthy lifestyle concerns with patients and their families and managing obesity.
The packet includes current childhood obesity information, useful tools for promoting the message of a healthy lifestyle and copies of age-specific family educational materials. To order, call 866-987-2500, option 1, or print and fax a copy of the Healthcare Provider Materials Request Form (PDF) from the Medical Staff website.
Or you can view some of the key materials in the packet:
Washington Physical Activity for the Young (WA-PLAY)
- Active Play Every Day
- For 0-to-2-Year-Olds in Kent and Des Moines (PDF) (Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese)
- For 0-to-2-Year-Olds in Seattle (PDF) (Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese)
- For 3-to-5-Year-Olds in Kent and Des Moines (PDF) (Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese)
- For 3-to-5-Year-Olds in Seattle (PDF) (Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese)
- King County Community Centers and Parks Programs
Obesity prevention and management is a relatively new and growing skill for providers who care for children and adolescents. The most recent medical recommendations were disseminated in 2007. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force endorsed obesity screening and treatment for the first time in 2010. Weight can be a very challenging and sensitive topic to discuss with families and children.
Children’s has presented provider trainings on obesity prevention, management and counseling since 2004 to empower and support community providers. They include Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs and events such as Grand Rounds.
We also train providers on becoming advocates in their communities to support needed changes in schools, community organizations and local policy.