Pediatric Obesity

Pediatric Obesity
Funded by: the PA Department of Health and other partners, which include the PA Academy of Family Physicians and the PA Dietetic Association.

"EPIC – Pediatric Obesity" is funded, in part, under a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Other partners include the PA Academy of Family Physicians and the PA Dietetic Association.

Mission Statement: To encourage primary care practices to work as a team to address obesity prevention and treatment in their practices and to be involved in obesity prevention efforts in their communities.

Program Description: "EPIC – Pediatric Obesity" offers updates on current obesity prevention research and the American Academy of Pediatrics Expert Committee Recommendations on overweight and obesity. Obesity prevention encompasses assessment of weight for size and comorbidities, prevention, and intervention for all patients. Interventions include weight maintenance or weight loss, encouraging slow family meals (without the TV on!), awareness of pitfalls in eating out and beverage choices, and breastfeeding. Non-food interventions include assessment and counseling regarding screen time, sleep, mental health, and physical activity. Motivational interviewing techniques to collaborate with patients and families, coding, and reimbursement are discussed.

"EPIC – Pediatric Obesity" provides trained teams of a Physician and a Registered Dietitian to meet with the physicians and the entire practice staff at pediatric and family medicine offices, and a variety of professional conferences, to provide a free, CME/CEU, 1.5 hour update on current obesity prevention research and the American Academy of Pediatrics Expert Committee Recommendations on overweight and obesity. Presenters encourage all members of the practice staff to discuss ways for the practice team to address this challenging topic.

This CME/CEU program helps practices :

Free, live, interactive, CME/CEU program at your Pediatric or Family Medicine Practice
Engages the entire Practice Staff and Physicians in a 1.5 hour seminar scheduled at your convenience
Presenters are a Physician and Registered Dietitian from your community

Click here for a list and order form of free materials to assist your practice with pediatric overweight and obesity. They are available at no cost from the EPIC® Pediatric Obesity: Evaluation, Treatment and Prevention in Community Settings program at the PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. Submit the order form by: Phone: (484) 446-3055, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Fax: (484) 446-3255

Director: Amy Wishner, MSN, RN, APHN-BC
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Pediatric Advisors: Bill Cochran, MD | Mary Ann Rigas, MD, FAAP | Donna Antonucci, MD, FAAP