Acute/Medical Opportunities: Below are additional opportunities to explore healthy active living with families.
- (range month 12-24) Oral health: Oral health screening/preventative visit is recommended between months 12-24. Note poor oral health and obesity share a cluster of risk factors.12 Children presenting with poor oral health should receive healthy active living guidance as well.
- Asthma. There is a positive association between asthma and overweight/obesity. Children presenting with asthma should be flagged for ongoing follow-up related to healthy active living. 13 /14
(12)Tripathi S, Kiran K, Kamala BK. Relationship between obesity and dental caries in children – a preliminary study. J Int Oral Health. 2010;2(4).
(13)Sheikh J, Kaplan MS. Association of being overweight with greater asthma symptoms in inner-city black and Hispanic children. Pediatrics. 1999;104:376. Also, Gennuso J, Epstein LH, Paluch RA, Cerny F. The relationship between asthma and obesity in urban minority children and adolescents. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998;152(12):1197-1200.