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Obesity-related Web-based Quality Improvement MOC IV Activity

Posted on: March 22, 2017

Building Healthy Habits With Families in Your Practice is available now on ICAAP’s learning management system, icaap.remote-learner.net.

This is a self-paced, expert-developed, ABP approved web-based QI activity. Complete the activity within your own practice on your own time. Accompanying education includes: Nutrition for Obesity Prevention and Treatment*, Physical Activity Guidelines and Counseling for Children and Adolescents**, and Connecting Patients to Community Resources**.

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The 2015 Building Community-Based Medical Homes for Children newsletter is here!

Posted on: October 1, 2015

The Building Community-Based Medical Homes for Children newsletter is here!  It was published October 1, 2015.  The newsletter is mailed to all ICAAP members.  It is also available as a pdf. ICAAP has been working on several medical home initiatives over the past three years.  A few have been completed and results are summarized in this seventh edition of the newsletter.  Many other activities continue to support pediatricians, providers, and patients and families around the state.  Sara Parvinian, MD, FAAP, ICAAP pediatrician leader, offers a thoughtful commentary on what “medical home”  implementation has meant to her as a community pediatrician in Gurnee, IL as well as what it has done for patients.

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ICAAP Members Testify at Illinois Obesity Prevention Act Hearings

Posted on: April 25, 2012

The Obesity Prevention Initiative Act (PA96-0155) required the Illinois Department of Public Health to hold three public hearings to gather testimony on the social and human costs of obesity and to highlight existing state and community level initiatives; identify existing plans and opportunities for action; inform policy makers and the public about effective solutions to the problem; and engage stakeholders to promote action to reduce obesity, improve nutrition and increase physical activity. ICAAP members Dr. David Dungan, Dr. Jason French, Dr. Cynthia Mears, and Dr. Krystal Revai each testified; their written remarks are available for download by clicking on their names.

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Rethink your Drink: The Impact of Sugar Loaded Beverages on the Obesity Epidemic & Clinical and Environmental Strategies to Reduce Consumption

Posted on: March 15, 2012

The Illinois Public Health Institute, in collaboration with American Heart Association, the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, ICAAP, and many other partners, hosted a symposium exploring clinical approaches to reducing sugar loaded beverage consumption and changes in policy and environmental change that could reduce consumption.

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Breastfeeding Education Offered

Posted on: February 10, 2012

ICAAP will be hosting a webinar entitledThe Illinois Physicians’ Statement on Breastfeeding:  Implications for Practice Change” on Tuesday, March 6th from 5 – 6:00pm.

Click here to register for this free educational opportunity.

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ICAAP Forms Committee on Obesity

Posted on: January 13, 2012

Committee seeks interested individuals as members

In order to address pediatric obesity, ICAAP is forming a multidisciplinary Committee on Obesity. The Committee will consider factors and policies that influence health disparities, access to care, health outcomes, and clinical practice.

The Committee’s work over the next two years will focus on improving quality in obesity care, especially in the following areas:

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Systematic Review of Physical Activity and Performance at School

Posted on: January 4, 2012

A recently published review (Singh et al, 2012) in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine concludes that “physical activity is positively related to academic performance in children”. Researchers conducted a systematic literature review for any articles (published since 1990) that included 3 elements:  physical activity, academic achievement, and age (limited the search to include studies in which the subjects were 0 – 18 years old). A methodological quality assessment was conducted with the 14 qualifying studies to assess participation rate, study attrition, data collection, and data analysis. Just two of the fourteen studies were deemed to be of “high methodological quality” (having a score of at least 70%).

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ICAAP Physician Tackles the Burden of Sugar Sweetened Beverages

Posted on: December 6, 2011

A report has been released that examines the projected impact of a state tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. “Estimating the Potential Impact of Sugar-Sweetened and Other Beverage Excise Taxes in Illinois” outlines four tax increase scenarios using national and state data on beverage consumption and health outcomes. The report was issued in conjunction with a call to create an obesity prevention and public health fund for the state of Illinois. “These drinks contain extra sugar and calories that adolescents simply don’t need and could contribute to obesity and tooth decay,” noted Holly J. Benjamin, MD, FAAP, Co-Chair of the ICAAP Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness.

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ICAAP Supports Physical Education for Chicago Students

Posted on: November 8, 2011

In order to support the inclusion of daily physical education in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), ICAAP, along with the Healthy Schools Campaign, the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, and the American Heart Association, has urged CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard to allow the expiration of the waiver that currently exempts the district from the state’s daily physical education law. The full letter to Mr. Brizard is available for download by clicking here.

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Illinois Physician Groups Promote Breastfeeding Education, Support and Awareness

Posted on: September 23, 2011

Calls on Physicians to Advocate within Area Hospitals to Implement Baby-Friendly Steps

Three state-wide provider groups issued a statement today (available for download here) mobilizing their physician members to support breastfeeding through implementation of evidence-based practices and to work within hospitals to increase breastfeeding rates in Illinois to improve maternal and child health. Rates of breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity in Illinois are lower than the national average, despite studies that show breastfeeding’s role in fighting childhood obesity and providing health benefits for nursing mothers.

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