There are many tools that help you better assess, prevent, and treat obesity in your office. Some are highlighted below.
This calculator provides BMI and the corresponding BMI-for-age percentile on a CDC BMI-for-age growth chart. Use this calculator for children and teens, aged 2 through 19 years old.
This table is for children and adolescents 2-20 years of age.
Free BMI wheels can often be obtained locally via insurance companies, industry, community intervention sites, and the Department of Health. However there are also many companies that produce and sell these wheels which can be easily found via an Internet search.
Care Coordination Resources
The following materials were designed by the a team of experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Heart Association, to help support primary care providers (PCPs) and registered dietitians (RDs) provide comprehensive and coordinated weight management care for patients and families. Although these materials were developed as part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthcare Initiative, these resources can be helpful to any primary care practitioners and registered dietitians who wish to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary care to patients who are overweight or obese.
Available for purchase at the AAP Bookstore
Growth Chart Information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides extensive background information on the growth charts as well as numerous PDF examples of how to use them.
Growth Chart Training
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a set of self-directed, interactive training modules for health care professionals using the pediatric growth charts in clinical and public health settings to assess growth of infants, children, and adolescents.
Healthy Active Living (HAL) Prescriptions
The HAL prescriptions were developed in concert with the Let's Move initiative to provide providers with tools to use in counseling families about healthy nutrition and physical activity. These are designed for families ready to make a change in their behavior.
Healthy Active Living for Families Project (HALF)
HALF is a project of the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight which integrates the parent perspective and evidence-informed pediatric health guidance to address early childhood obesity prevention.
- Learn more about the HALF Project and what makes it unique.
- Visit the HALF website dedicated to parents and caregivers of young children.
- Actionable, evidence-based, and parent derived strategies to support healthy active living for young children—available in Spanish!
- To support pediatricians and parents two interactive widgets “Quick Tips: Keep Your Child Healthy” and “Are you Raising a Healthy, Active Child?” were developed.
- Learn more about the widgets.
- Test out the widgets and copy the code provided to embed on your practice website today!
Pediatric e-Practice: Optimizing Your Obesity Care (PeP): The PeP is a new internet platform designed to prime the pediatric office for obesity prevention, assessment, and treatment and to facilitate access to numerous resources to support the implementation of this care.
Expert Committee Recommendations on the Assessment, Prevention and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity - 2007 - An Implementation Guide from the Childhood Obesity Action Network
5, 2, 1, 0 The Pediatric Obesity Clinical Decision Support Chart
Available for purchase from the AAP bookstore. This convenient flip chart provides child health care professionals practical support and guidance to help improve care and outcomes for overweight youth. It is consistent with the December 2007 Expert Panel Recommendations for Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity (AAP Endorsed).
National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), together with key partners, has created an Implementation Guide to accompany the newly released Obesity Recommendations.
These recommendations come from the Expert Committee on the Assessment, Prevention and Management of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity, convened by AMA, CDC, and HRSA. NICHQ's Implementation Guide is now available and will support providers with the tools and resources necessary to put the new recommendations into practice.
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