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ICAAP’s Obesity Prevention Initiative

ICAAP established its Obesity Prevention Initiatives in response to the alarming increase in the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity. Key stakeholders, including ICAAP, are focusing efforts on developing high impact programs to lower the rates of childhood obesity by working closely with researchers and pediatricians to identify effective ways that pediatricians can promote healthy behaviors among patients and families to achieve sustainable behavior change.

ICAAP’s strategies include assisting pediatricians and other medical providers in the Chicagoland area to improve their care of obese and overweight children and to implement effective prevention strategies with at risk patients and families.

Current Project

Promoting Health III

Raising the standard of care fro prevention and management of childhood obesity.

Improving patient outcomes for childhood obesity through a coordinated system of care.

Previous Projects

Promoting Health I

In 2009, ICAAP initiated Promoting Health: Strengthening Practices & Links to Community Resources.

The project was developed from the 2007 ICAAP study of Illinois pediatricians and a self-identified need by pediatric primary care clinicians for nutrition and patient counseling education. [...more]

Promoting Health II

In 2011, ICAAP began Promoting Health: Improving Quality in Obesity Care.

The project addresses public and private payer coverage and reimbursement of obesity-related care; seeks to integrate an obesity quality measure and other quality improvement activities, including Maintenance of Certification, into the Illinois CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Project; addresses gaps in physical activity programs and comprehensive care; works to expand the database of community resources outside of the City of Chicago, and connects physicians to advocacy opportunities in their communities. [...more]

National Clinical Recommendations

Please click here to be directed to a list of current national clinical guidelines regarding pediatric obesity care.

Provider Resources and Education

Click Here for webinars, materials for your practice, and upcoming educational opportunities.


To join the Committee on Obesity or for more information about ICAAP’s obesity projects, contact:

Mary Elsner, JD
Director, Obesity Prevention Initiatives
312/733-1026, ext. 220

Promoting Health:  Improving Quality in Obesity Care is funded by the Generous Support of The Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute and the Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services.