For Health Professionals

 
 
Every healthcare professional’s training toolbox must include the skills to counsel patients about obesity prevention and lifestyle change. Healthcare professionals can also be strong advocates for obesity prevention efforts in their communities.
 

 

 

Local Weight Management Clinics for Children


 
Healthy 100 Kids
Florida Hospital for Children has developed Healthy 100 Kids, a comprehensive pediatric wellness initiative with the goal of giving kids the best chance of living to a healthy 100. It approaches each aspect of physical and mental wellbeing, not only for children and teens, but also for the family unit when household support is needed to affect change.
 
 
Nemours Children's Health System
Children who are overweight may have medical, behavioral, and genetic factors that contribute to weight gain. Our Weight Management specialists provide evaluation and treatment of children who are at an unhealthy weight. And we know your child’s healthy weight is more than a number on a scale; it’s about managing a medical condition, finding ways to deal with emotional issues, and learning healthy approaches to food, eating, and exercise that will last a lifetime.
 
 
 
 

Resources and Toolkits


 
American Medical Association
In addition to resources on healthy eating, physical activity, and weight management for physicians, patients, and their families, the AMA has a number of policies that aim to promote and support healthy lifestyles both inside and outside of the physician's office.
 
Childhood Obesity Prevention Project
The mission of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Project is to mobilize and engage physicians as advocates in their practice, communities and for statewide policies to prevent overweight and obesity.
 
Center for Disease Control
Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being. CDC provides facts about this epidemic.
 
Growing Healthy Kids through Farm to Child Care
Farm to Child Care - Public Health Law Center
Next to parents, child care providers can be some of the most influential people in helping children get a strong, healthy start in life. The Public Health Law Center has developed a series of resources designed to inform and support efforts to cultivate child care settings that promote healthy eating, active play opportunities, reduced screen time, and tobacco-free environments. This fact sheet explains the Farm to Child Care movement and provides tips for child care providers about how to incorporate fresh, local food and healthy food education into their programs.
 
The Healthy Food Bank Hub
A project and platform developed in partnership with Feeding America and network food banks, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and National Dairy Council®. The Hub provides a platform of evaluated tools and resources, showcases existing best practices and nutrition initiatives, and engages health and nutrition professionals to help fight hunger while promoting health.
 
National Summit on Obesity
Health care professionals gathered for the National Summit on Obesity to discuss the challeges associated with the obesity epidemic. Hosted by American Medical Association.
 
What do the Experts Recommend?
It's hard to believe, but half of all Americans drink at least one soda or other sugary beverage on any given day. Those sweet drinks are a major contributor to obesity nationwide.