Obesity Prevention & Care: Provider Resources
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Learn more about educational opportunities and resources, community programs in the area, upcoming events, and other obesity-related news. Click here to read or download past issues of the newsletters in PDF format.
Weight-Related Resource Map & Database
- Search over three hundred physical activity and nutrition related community resources on ICAAP’s map
- More detailed information about each program can be found in our online database.
- Need help using the map?
- If you know of an organization or program that should be added to the map and database, please submit the information via an online form.
Weight-Related Education Tools
In order to support the learning collaborative around obesity, ICAAP has collected a number of tools related to overweight/obesity education and clinical care. These tools have been reviewed by members of the Expert Panel on Maintenance of Certification and Physician Education to identify the most relevant and useful tools for this project. Please click here to be directed to a spreadsheet with this information.
Clinical Care Tools
ProActive Kids programs teach kids and their families fun ways to improve health through exercise, nutritional lessons, and open discussions over the course of eight weeks. Programs are located in Addison, Downers Grove, Melrose Park, Niles/Park Ridge, Oak Lawn, and Woodridge, IL, and are free to kids, ages 8-14, who want to learn new exercises, lose weight, eat right, and be more confident. (Patient BMI percentile must be in 85th percentile or above to qualify.) For more information, including detailed information about individual programs and program sites, schedules, and enrollment, visit the ProActive Kids website.
Providers can refer patients to ProActive Kids programs via this downloadable form, which can also be printed and used as a flyer in your office.
Children’s Memorial Research Center, Pediatric Practice Research Group conducts practice based research in the primary care setting in order to improve and refine child health care through determining best practices, delivering ongoing clinical education to providers, and evaluating outcomes. The group has tools for primary care providers on a number of topics. Those concerning prevention and management of pediatric obesity are available here.
The Institute for Community Health Promotion at Brown University have developed a set of tools to be used by providers when assessing nutrition and physical activity of patients and their families. The tools, Rate Your Plate, the Rapid Eating Assessment for Patients, and the Weight, Activity, Variety, Excess Assessment can be found here.
The Support for Healthy Weight Index, a tool modeled on the Assessing Chronic Illness Care (ACIC) survey, is a practice-based instrument designed to assess the level of support in six domains for promotion of healthy weight, and for identification and treatment of overweight, obesity, and their comorbidities. The six domains are: Clinical Information Systems, Decision Support, Delivery System Design, Self-Management Support, Healthcare Organization, and Community Linkages. While the instrument has not been statistically validated, it provides a starting point for assessing and addressing weight management in your practice.
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) is a set tools developed by The National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians, to help health professionals education parents and young patients on ways to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and limit screen time.
CATCH stands for a Coordinated Approach to Child Health and is an evidence-based, coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity, healthy food choices and the prevention of tobacco use in children.
WIC to 5 is the current program to increase WIC participation and retention among eligible children in Illinois. It includes a social marketing campaign, WIC staff straining and outreach, and strategic partnerships with a variety of partners (including health care providers) that serve low-income women and children across the state. The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) WIC Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (Illinois WIC), partnered with faculty at the University of Chicago, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition (UIC-KN) to launch this program. ICAAP and the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians partnered with UIC-KN in this work.
Office and Exam Room Posters and Materials
Centro de Salud Esperanza has created two posters to promote healthy nutrition in exam rooms. They are available for download by clicking on the links below:
- Poster encouraging patients to drink water, rather than soda or juice
- Poster illustrating USDA’s MyPlate
Produce for a Better Health Foundation WIC Tool Kit–Information for WIC participants on using new fruit and vegetable vouchers, including seasonal produce information.
30 Ways in 30 Days Tool Kit–Tools addressing how to stretch food dollars with fruits and vegetables.
Rethink Your Drink–Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Materials
ICAAP and the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) are distributing educational materials that you can use in your practice to raise awareness about the health costs of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and the strategies available to address them. You can access these materials here.
Weight-Related Educational Webinars
ICAAP now offers free web-based obesity-related education and a quality improvement MOC project to assist pediatric healthcare providers to build healthy relationships with families in their practice. Visit ICAAP’s online learning management system hosted by Remote Learner.
To view education related to a previous MOC project, watch the video below:
HFS Billing and Coding Guidance for Pediatric Obesity Prevention and Management (Video coming soon)
Materials and Educational Tools:
For more information about resources, please contact:
Anna Carvlin, MPH
Manager, Obesity Prevention Initiatives
312/733-1026, ext. 214
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.