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RESOURCES

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Eat Right Radio offers podcasts on healthy eating and nutrition.
  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation, American College of Sports Medicine, and Bipartisan Policy Center: Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activity in Medical School focuses on options for improving medical education and training in topics that have an important role to play in the prevention and treatment of obesity and chronic diseases.
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators: This section brings together the professional opportunities AADE offers to give you the education, information and solutions you need for your patients and your practice.
  • American Association of Family Physicians: This organization’s ‘Obesity’ collection features content on weight and related issues, including bariatric surgery, childhood obesity, diet, exercise, lifestyle counseling, and weight loss maintenance. Topics include screening, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, complications, best practices, and patient education.
  • American Association of Pediatrics: Pediatric ePractice is an online-based office designed to help providers prime their offices for effective prevention, assessment, and treatment of childhood overweight and obesity. The resources are organized to align with the workflow of a typical office and the associated tasks that align to each room. Each room contains a variety of tools and resources informed by the expected context of that portion of a patient visit.
  • American Board of Obesity Medicine: This website provides information on certifications in obesity medicine, including information on exam details and preparation.
  • American College of Cardiology, The Obesity Society, and The American Heart Association: In collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and stakeholder and professional organizations, these groups developed clinical Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults
  • American College of Physicians: This organization’s practice assessment tool is a free quality improvement program that will assist providers in identifying, targeting, and implementing high value care in the treatment of patients with obesity.
  • Additionally, the ACP Foundation in conjunction with a team of experts, developed a diabetes self-management guide, Living with Diabetes. The guide covers diet, exercise, monitoring blood sugar, foot exams, insulin and other medicines. Other patient guides include, Make it Happen!, developed to help with the struggle of losing weight and making healthier choices. Available in English, Spanish and Chinese.
  • American College of Sports Medicine: ACSM publishes several books and multimedia resources for diverse audiences, including targeted information for health care professionals.
  • American Council on Exercise: Access tools you can utilize to help gauge readiness to change, chart progress, provide information about how your patients and clients can work to achieve small goals and ultimately, accomplish long-term, healthy change. Resources include biometric videos, assessment forms, and podcasts.
  • American Diabetes Association: The American Diabetes Association’s Resources for Professionals webpage contains resources for all health care professionals who work with patients with diabetes. Educational tools for providers and patients alike, and links to diabetes education resources can be found here. These resources include ready-made slide presentations, tool kits filled with both provider and patient materials, and enduring materials that include many multimedia self-learning opportunities.
  • American Institute for Cancer Research: The Tools You Can Use website offers healthy recipes, meal planning approaches, a nutrition hotline, information on the link between BMI and cancer, and access to AICR materials and health aids.
  • American Society for Nutrition: ASN strives to be the premier source of sound nutrition science information for health care professionals, policymakers, the media and the public. The organization's website contains blog entries, videos, and vignettes covering the most recent nutrition and research news.
  • Association of Clinicians for the Underserved: ACU offers resources for patients that encourage healthy lifestyles through healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Canadian Obesity Network: The Canadian Obesity Network’s 5As of Obesity Management program is a step-by-step framework for busy non-specialists who manage obesity in their patients. It is an easy-to-use roadmap that ensures sensitive, realistic, measurable, and sustainable obesity management strategies that focus on improving health and wellbeing, rather than simply aiming for numbers on a scale.
  • Centers for Disease Control: The CDC website offers recommendations, reports, fact sheets, brochures, and social media tools to help combat overweight and obesity.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: This educational tool from CMS provides information on Medicare preventive services, including Intensive Behavior Therapy for Obesity.
  • Change Talk: Developed by The American Academy of Pediatrics and Kognito, this online module and mobile app designed to help health care professional navigate challenging conversations with patients and their families. The app allows providers to practice Motivational Interviewing skills to address patient resistance and create actionable opportunities for behavior change.
  • National Business Group on Health: NBGH offer both The Physical Activity and Healthy Dining at Work Toolkits to help employees identify strategies for creating a healthier workplace.
  • National Patient Safety Foundation: Ask Me 3 is a patient education program designed to improve communication between patients and health care providers, encourage patients to become active members of their health care team, and promote improved health outcomes.
  • Obesity Action Coalition: OAC offers a plethora of educational resources including the Understanding Your Weight-loss Options brochure which offers safe and effective information for individuals wanting to address their weight and improve their health. The organization provides insights on how to establish realistic goals through SMART resolutions.
  • Obesity Action Coalition and the American College of Physicians: Excess Weight and Your Health — A Guide to Effective, Healthy Weight Loss features a guidebook and video to support those wanting to learn more about their weight and how it impacts their health.
  • Obesity Education Network: This website serves as an educational resource hub specifically for health care professionals. It supports providers by equipping them with the necessary tools to identify, diagnose, and manage patients with overweight or obesity.
  • The Obesity Society: The Treat Obesity Seriously campaign offers tools and resources to educate policymakers and support health care providers.
  • University of Michigan Center for Health Communications Research: BMi2 is a DVD that offers additional practice in the core skills of Motivational Interviewing, with a particular focus on preventing and treating pediatric obesity, including nuances of working with parents of young children as well as working directly with older children.
  • Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity: This resource provides examples of Motivational Interviewing techniques that can be used by providers to assess ambivalence and motivation for lifestyle changes in patients with overweight or obesity.
  • US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health: Efficacy of commercial weight-loss programs: an updated systematic review.

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