Assess. Prevent. Treat. Advocate.
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "we are raising the first generation of youth who will live sicker and shorter lives than their parents." As healthcare providers, we do not have the luxury to wait to act. The Expert Committee Recommendations, released in 2007, define the role of the pediatric healthcare provider to assess, prevent, treat and advocate.
The purpose of this healthcare section is to offer healthcare providers the toolkits, resources and links to support the integration of the Expert Committee's guidelines in the clinic setting.
Chart BMI% on ALL patients ages 2 to 18 years.
Note clinical history and exam to target comorbidities.
Assess health behaviors and attitudes regardless of BMI.
Support breast feeding Moms.
Give consistent evidence-based messages to ALL patients-Discover 5-4-3-2-1Go!
Be a conduit to community resources and programs.
Target the comorbidities.
Follow the Healthy Weight in Youth Algorithm's staged protocol for treatment.
Goal setting using the Youth PA-N form.
Engage the entire family in lifestyle changes.
Schedule follow-up and stay the course.
Integrate Nebraska's model into practice.
Advocate for increasing access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities for all Lincoln children.
Join the Teach a Kid to Fish healthcare working group.
Check out the Nebraska Medical Association's Childhood Obesity Prevention Project website at www.nebmed.org/childhoodobesity to join in the statewide effort.