Childhood Obesity Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Childhood obesity is a significant, growing problem that has severe health consequences for our nation’s youth. According to the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President (Adobe Reader is required. Download a free copy here.), obesity has more than tripled among children and adolescents since 1980, from 5% to 17%. Recent approaches to address the problem have focused on increasing family involvement and access to recreational activities to build healthier lifestyles.
The featured Innovations describe programs that used a family-centered approach and referrals to community exercise programs to promote healthy weight among children and adolescents.
The featured QualityTools provide policymakers, physicians, and parents with resources and information to manage and prevent childhood obesity.
- Alternating Group and In-Home Sessions Help Obese Preschoolers and Overweight Parents Improve Eating Habits and Reduce Body Mass Index
- Recreation "Prescriptions" Increase Use of Free Community Exercise Programs by Low-Income Patients Who Are Overweight or Obese
- Provider Training on Adolescent Weight Management Promotes Body Mass Index Documentation and Referrals to Health/Fitness Classes, But at Rates Below Health System Goals
Also in This Issue:
- Community Referral Liaisons Help Patients Reduce Risky Health Behaviors, Leading to Improvements in Health Status
- Rapid Admission Protocol for Emergency Department Patients Reduces Boarding Time
- Peer-Based, Interactive Sessions Empower Individuals to Live Successfully With Serious Mental Illness
- Long-Term Expressive Therapy and Caregiver Support Improves Emotional Health of Low-Income Children Affected by Trauma
- Outpatient Clinics Use Annual Education Campaign, Friendly Competition, and Incentives to Double Influenza Immunization Rates Among Employees