3113.0 Preventing Childhood Obesity: Strategies and Outcomes

Monday, October 27, 2008: 10:30 AM
Despite years of focus on the increase in child and adolescent obesity, many community programs continue to struggle with the development and implementation of protocols to efficiently identify overweight and obese children in primary care, and to provide nutrition and lifestyle counseling to promote healthy eating and other behavior change that will enhance health and well-being. In many communities access to safe opportunities for physical activity are scarce, as is access to healthy foods such as fresh produce. Obesity is an issue for which patient follow-up visits may be difficult to arrange and maintain. Finally, programs struggle with identification and measurement of outcomes that are realistic and that may be achieved in a relatively short time frame. This session will discuss various aspects of community-based interventions for children and families who are at high risk for obesity and its health consequences. Presentations will discuss patient perspectives on the physician’s role in managing these issues, the relationship between emotional state and eating behavior, and ways to determine if a program or policy is ready for rigorous evaluation.
Session Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be better able to: Identify barriers to healthy behavior changes in diet and activity for urban families Better understand best practices models for implementation by community health centers providers Identify outcome measures for obesity prevention programs

10:30 AM
Adolescent and Parent Attitudes about Obesity and Behavior Change
Sandra Goldsmith, MS, RD, Marian Larkin, MD, Alan Shapiro, MD, Jo Applebaum, MPH, Sandra Arevalo, MPH and Ariel L. Sarmiento, MPH
10:45 AM
Community based intervention for addressing childhood overweight and obesity
Shari Nethersole, MD, Urmi Bhaumik, MBBS, MS, DSc and Christine Locke Healey, MPH
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
11:30 AM
Evaluability assessments of 25 interventions to prevent childhood obesity: What we did and how we did it
Karen Cheung, MPH, Holly Wethington, PhD, MS, Seraphine Pitt Barnes, PhD, MPH, CHES, Nicola Dawkins, PhD, MPH, Diane Dunet, PhD, Leah Robin, PhD, Jo Anne Grunbaum, EdD, David Cotton, PhD, MPH, Laura Kettel Khan, PhD and Laura Leviton, PhD

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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by: Food and Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health, Women's Caucus

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing