Anita Keneipp, MS, State Health Programs, Health Net of California, Inc., 1055 E. Colorado Blvd. Suite #300, Pasadena, CA 91106, 626 683 6488, anita.Keneipp@healthnet.com
Ensuring that overweight individuals receive appropriate preventive care can have substantial health benefits by reducing morbidity associated with diabetes, coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke, eating disorders and depressive symptoms, and its associated health care costs. The prevalence of overweight in children and adolescents has significantly increased over the past two decades, with the most recent national data at 10.4%-15.5% among 2- through 19-year-olds and an alarming 23% among non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American adolescents. Research has shown that one of the most effective behavioral intervention programs have certain components that result in successful long-term weight loss. Parent involvement; frequent follow-up which include individual behavioral counseling; monitoring physical activity, meal planning and goal setting. Improving the communication between adolescents who are overweight and their parents have also shown to have a positive impact on the health-related behaviors and psychosocial well being of the adolescent. The 5-week family based, home learning module has been offered to families who do not meet the structured program criteria of the WEIGHT MANAGEMENT – BE IN CHARGE!sm PROGRAM. Outcomes will be shared of this incentive based pilot, which will include pre and post intervention information.
Keywords: Child/Adolescent, Weight Management
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA