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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

With childhood obesity presenting a significant threat to child health, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recognizing National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month during the month of September. The AAP has developed a variety of initiatives and programs addressing childhood obesity as well as healthy active living for children and families providing resources and tools available for assessment, treatment, and prevention.

Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight
The American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight was launched in January 2013 to address the complex problem of childhood obesity from prevention through treatment. The Institute will leverage AAP expertise to focus on translating policy, research and best practices into action within healthcare, communities and families and will emphasize strategic and methodological innovation as well as evaluation.

Section on Obesity
The mission of the Section is to improve the health and well-being of children and families by reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity and promoting healthy active living. To reverse the trend in childhood obesity, the vision of the Section is that:

  • Pediatricians are trained and supported with tools and resources to deliver high quality obesity prevention, assessment, and treatment.
  • Pediatricians play a vital role when advocating for policy, environmental, and systems level changes at the community, state, and federal levels.
  • Families and communities are engaged in healthy active living and are supported by pediatricians in these choices.

Learn more here.

Featured Resources
The Healthy Active Living for Families: Right From the Start project (HALF) is an Academy project that addresses early childhood obesity prevention by integrating the parent perspective and evidence-informed pediatric health guidance. The HALF program was generously supported by the Nestlé Nutrition Institute.

Pediatric ePractice: Optimizing Your Obesity Care (PeP) is an innovative online tool designed to help prepare pediatric offices deliver effective prevention, assessment and treatment of childhood overweight and obesity. Resources are organized to align with the office workflow and the associated tasks to each room. The rooms contain a variety of tools and resources that were developed and/or curated by AAP to support the practice and help integrate obesity screening, guidance, and counseling into a busy practice setting. Funded by a grant from the United Health Foundation.

Healthy Growth App is an interactive tool that gives care providers the unique ability to create custom handouts for parents on vital topics of healthy growth, nutrition, and physical activity for children 5 years of age and younger. Handouts are targeted to the patient and the particular topics and goals of greatest interest to the parent, from breastfeeding and solid foods to screen time and sleep.

The Importance of Addressing Weight-based Bullying with Your Pediatric Patients (Webinar)
The American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance recently hosted a webinar which included a discussion about weight-based bullying including testimonials from practice, discussion of resources available to support healthcare professionals and an expert panel on this important and timely topic.

View all obesity-related publications here.

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