Provider Training Series: Helping Adolescent Girls Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Weight

Pediatric and adolescent health care providers have a unique opportunity to help girls reach and stay at a healthy weight. Therefore, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH) has developed a free, accredited training series. This online series equips providers with evidence-based strategies for compassionate, targeted weight management and obesity prevention in girls.

Part 1 of the series consists of two training modules: Improving Care for Adolescent Girls: The Importance of Addressing Weight Bias and Child and Adolescent Weight Management: Guidelines, Guidance, and Goals. Physicians, doctors of osteopathy, dietitians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses will earn 1 CME/CEU credit for completing each 1-hour training module.

 

Improving Care for Adolescent Girls: The Importance of Addressing Weight Bias

This training module offers strategies for communicating with adolescent girls who have overweight/obesity, as well as with their caregivers. It also presents ways to reduce weight bias among health care providers. The training module includes a 1-hour recorded webinar presented by Rebecca Puhl, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut.

After completing this training module, health care providers will be able to:

  • Describe weight stigma experienced by pediatric and adolescent girls and its links with poor health.
  • Explain how health care provider weight bias affects patient-provider communications and quality of care for pediatric and adolescent girls.
  • Identify strategies that providers can use to reduce weight bias and ensure sensitive, compassionate care for pediatric and adolescent girls affected by obesity.
  • Access the Resource Toolkit:
    • Awareness of Weight Bias in Health Care (poster)
    • How to Reduce Weight Bias With Girls in Your Health Care Practice (fact sheet)
    • Improving Care for Adolescent Girls: The Importance of Addressing Weight Bias (online resources)
    • Weight Management Conversations With Girls and Caregivers: Communication Tips for Providers (fact sheet)
    • Weight Management Conversations With Girls and Caregivers: Communication Tips for Providers (poster)

Child and Adolescent Weight Management: Guidelines, Guidance, and Goals

This training module offers strategies for implementing current guidelines for treatment and prevention of obesity in childhood. It includes a 1-hour recorded webinar presented by Sandra Hassink, M.D., FAAP, Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight.

After completing this training module, health care providers will be able to:

  • Understand current guidelines for treatment and prevention of obesity in childhood.
  • Understand the role of the practice team and clinical workflow in operationalizing obesity guidelines.
  • Initiate changes in practice workflow to implement obesity prevention and treatment guidelines.
  • Access the Resource Toolkit:
    • Algorithm for the Assessment and Management of Childhood Obesity (algorithm)
    • Child and Adolescent Weight Management: Guidelines, Guidance, and Goals (online resources)
    • How to Calculate and Communicate BMI Information Effectively (fact sheet)
    • Self-Assessment of Application of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity Clinical Guidelines (self-assessment form)
    • Tips for Finding Resources for Pediatric Weight Management (fact sheet)