Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program - Health Care Resources

Resources for Health Care Professionals

  • AIM Toolkit - A free toolkit from the American Academy of Family Physicians with resources for physicians and patients. Resources include:

PHYSICIAN RESOURCES:

  • Physician Primer
  • Fitness Posters  
  • BMI Measuring Tools  
  • Fitness Prescription Pad  
  • Toolkit CD

PATIENT RESOURCES:  

  • Personal Fitness Assessment     
  • Food and Activity Journal   
  • Health Guide flashcard
  • MyPlate - MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at mealtimes. Find more information to help them do that by going to this link.

  • Obesity: Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity consists of 10 booklets, developed by the American Medical Association, that offer practical recommendations for addressing adult obesity in the primary care setting. 

  • Parent Handbook - Learn practical tips to help your family find the right balance of eating well and being physically active to maintain a healthy weight.

  • Pediatric Recommendations (PDF, 220 KB) - The Expert Committee Recommendations on the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity, June 2007.  The committee was convened by the American Medical Association (AMA) and co-funded in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Physicians' Role in Preventing Childhood Overweight and Obesity - A combined campaign from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the National Institutes of Health to help families understand how energy balance affects weight and how health-promoting energy balance can be achieved.

  • Portion Distortion Quiz - Learn how portion sizes have changed over the years, which may be a contributing factor to the current rise of overweight and obesity.

  • The Practical Guide: Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults - Focuses on treatment guidelines and weight management techniques including dietary therapy, pharmacotherapy, and weight loss surgery.   Appendices include patient education handouts and tools.

  • Practical Guidelines - The Bright Futures website contains practical guidelines for health care professionals including mental health, nutrition, and physical activity for children and adolescents (0-21 years old).

  • Treatment Algorithm - Specific recommendations and charts from "Obesity Evaluation and Treatment: Expert Committee Recommendations."

Waiting Room and Educational Materials

  • Finding your way to a healthier you - Based on the US Dietary Guidelines (PDF, 228 KB)
  • How to Avoid Portion Size Pitfalls to Help Manage Your Weight (PDF, 816 KB)
  • Rethink Your Drink (Sweetened Beverages) (PDF, 513 KB)
  • Fruits and Vegetables brochures 
  • How many fruits and vegetables do you need? (also available in Spanish)
  • Three simple steps to eating more fruits and vegetables (also available in Spanish)
  • Choose smart, choose healthy
  • Why do fruits and vegetables matter to men?
  • How to use fruits and vegetables to help manage your weight (also available in Spanish)
  • Can eating fruits and vegetables help people to manage their weight?  Research to practice series #1.
  • Physical activity recommendations for older adults from CDC
  • Training Opportunities

    Sponsored by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, this certificate training provides opportunities for education on cutting-edge information, skills, resources needed to counsel overweight children and adolescents. This certificate is designed for nutrition professionals to produce competent providers of comprehensive weight management care for children and adolescents. See link for more information and upcoming conference dates.

      Sponsored by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, this certificate provides education on the clinical management of overweight and obesity, current research, behavior modification, and other pertinent topics. This certificate is designed for nutrition professionals to produce competent providers of comprehensive weight management care for adults. See link for more information and upcoming conference dates.

      • Growth Charts - Self-directed, interactive training modules for health care professionals on using the CDC growth charts. 

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      Last Revised: March 3, 2015