Body mass index procedure
As part of a larger statewide, collaborative initiative targeting four key settings, a pediatric health system promotes policy and practice changes in primary care, leading to increased support by providers in helping youth adopt healthier behaviors.
A statewide collaborative initiative targeting six key sectors promotes policy and practice changes in primary care, leading to increased support by providers in helping youth adopt healthier behaviors.
Multidisciplinary, clinic-based teams work with obese children and their families to implement a weight control self-management plan tailored to the child's needs, leading to lower or stabilized body mass index, reductions in screen time and intake of sweetened beverages, and increased physical activity and fruit/vegetable consumption.
The Santa Clara Family Health Plan encouraged health care practitioners to document body mass index and to provide weight management consultations and referrals to obese adolescents during well visits. While the initiative did not have a major impact on practitioner behavior, it does offer insights into how to develop effective programs to address childhood obesity.
Providing education and practical tools to pediatric practices leads to more frequent provision of appropriate services, such as weight assessments and patient counseling.
Parents of overweight children completed a workbook, attended two discussion groups, and received up to 10 recorded, interactive phone messages promoting a healthy diet and physical activity, leading to a marked reduction in their children's body mass index.
A weekly, hospital-based community program led by nurses that educates children about healthy lifestyle choices related to nutrition and physical activity has led to reductions in body mass index and waist circumference and to increases in physical activity.
Through a 1-year program combining medical care with behavioral counseling and practical strategies, a multidisciplinary team of professionals meets with families on an ongoing basis to emphasize good health habits and address a spectrum of lifestyle issues related to pediatric obesity and its complications.