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Webinar: The Importance of Addressing Weight-based Bullying with Your Pediatric Patients

Recorded on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET

Speakers include:
Rebecca Puhl, PhD | Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP | Practicing Pediatrician
Angie Hasemann, RD, CSP | Practicing Registered Dietitian
Scott Kahan, MD, MPH | Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance

The webinar features a discussion about weight-based bullying including practice testimonials and an introduction of resources available to support healthcare professionals.  A moderated panel discussion and question and answer session were also included.

To apply for CME credit for this webinar, you must adhere to the following process:

  • E-mail Mala Bedient to notify of completion- mbedient@aap.org
  • Once notified, Mala Bedient will review your responses, and grade questions 11-13 to determine pass or fail. If two questions or more are incorrect, you will receive a failing grade. Mala Bedient will then notify you and invite you to try again.
  • If you receive a passing grade, Mala Bedient will e-mail you a certificate of completion. Your information will be available in PediaLink approximately 3 weeks after that point.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AAP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This activity is acceptable for a maximum of 1.25 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.25 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

This program is accredited for 1.25 NAPNAP CE contact hours of which 0 contain pharmacology (Rx) content per the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Continuing Education Guidelines.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is an accredited Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). (1.0) CPE hours have been approved for Registered Dietitians (RD), Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR).

NEW! This program is approved for RDs, RDNs and DTRs  under Activity Type 175 in accordance with CDR guidelines. RDs and RDNs may claim up to 15 CPEUs under this CPE Activity Type in a recertification cycle; DTRs may claim up to 10 CPEUS.  For additional information, please visit http://cdrnet.org/new-recorded-preapproved-CPE-activity-type.



AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight Announces Selection of the Steering Committee

The Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight Steering Committee (IHCW SC) is a small working group of the Institute that will be actively involved in moving the initiatives of the Institute forward. Our first call for Steering Committee members was met with great interest as we received over 80 outstanding applications. The selection process for the Steering Committee was conducted by a subcommittee of the Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight Advisory Board and applications were carefully reviewed based on specific criteria to ensure a range of expertise and experience in community or clinical approaches to promoting healthy active living, quality improvement and involvement with obesity prevention or treatment projects and programs.

Congratulations to our newly selected members!

Ryan Buchholz, MD, FAAP
Dr Buchholz has significant experience in immigrant and global child health issues and is currently working in a large urban community health center where he is actively engaged with clinicians and patients in community-based efforts to prevent and treat obesity.

Stephen Cook, MD, MPH, FAAP
Dr Cook is a dually board-certified internist and pediatrician with significant expertise in quality improvement and systems change. He currently works at University of Rochester and serves on national committees for the AAP Provisional Section on Obesity, the Obesity Society and the American Heart Association.

Kimberly Avila Edwards, MD, FAAP
Dr Edwards is a bilingual, practicing pediatrician in Kyle, TX working with a diverse population that includes Hispanic patients and families. She has extensive experience in obesity care at the primary and tertiary level and is an active advocacy champion for healthier communities.

Ihuoma Eneli, MD, MS, FAAP
Dr Eneli is a board certified pediatrician and serves as Medical Director of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition (CHWN), Columbus Ohio. In this role, she oversees a comprehensive pediatric obesity center with activities that include advocacy, prevention, medical and surgical interventions.

Elizabeth Goodman, MD, FAAP
Dr Goodman is a pediatrician with subspecialty training in adolescent medicine and social epidemiology. She currently works at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and brings significant expertise in social stratification, health disparities, and obesity.

Robert Schwartz, MD, FAAP
Dr Schwartz is a pediatric endocrinologist with expertise in motivational interviewing and serves as the formal representative from the Provisional Section on Obesity to the Institute Steering Committee

Joseph Skelton, MD, MS, FAAP
Dr Skelton is a gastroenterologist at Wake Forest Baptist Health where he has been active in obesity treatment and research. He has extensive expertise on family-based treatment and attrition and adherence issues.

Christine Wood, MD, FAAP, CLE
Dr Wood is a practicing pediatrician certified lactation educator and a leader in community advocacy. In her role as the co-chair of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative she is focused on creating healthy environments through advocacy, education, policy, and environmental change.

Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP
The newly selected Steering Committee will be led by Dr Hassink. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of childhood obesity and is still actively engaged in patient care with a specific focus on the population of children from birth to five. She is currently the Director of the Nemours Obesity Initiative.

Click here for more information on the Steering Committee


American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight

A new arm of the AAP solely dedicated to addressing obesity prevention, assessment and treatment at the point of care, in communities, and with families.

 Why create an Institute?
Obesity is epidemic in childhood and presents a significant threat to child health. The Institute will enhance our response capability 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. Through all of its work, the Institute will emphasize strategic and methodological innovation as well as evaluation.

What will the Institute do?
The mission of the Institute is to empower pediatricians, families and children to:

  • Better prevent, assess and treat obesity and its comorbidities;
  • Enhance partnerships with families to find and navigate individual pathways to healthy active living; and
  • Catalyze stakeholders and communities to build and enhance capacity for healthy active living.

How will the Institute Operate?
The Institute will be governed by an expert Advisory Board and by a Steering Committee, and will be housed within the AAP Department of Child Health and Wellness. AAP Committees, Councils, Sections and Chapters are integral to achieving a shared vision in which children and families live healthy, active lives, and the Institute is committed to collaborating with these entities to create and implement Institute projects. In addition, the Institute will actively part-ner with external organizations that share its vision. The Institute is supported by sponsor-ships and grants, and welcomes funds from diverse sponsors that support our mission and vi-sion, including foundations, industry, and government agencies.

Nestlé is the Founding Sponsor of the Institute

Planning support for the Institute was provided by the Tomorrow’s Children Endowment.


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