Welcome to Foster Healthy Weight in Youth: Nebraska’s Clinical Childhood Obesity Model, where you will find the clinical resources and patient education materials to help you effectively address the childhood obesity epidemic in your practice and your community.

Nebraska’s Clinical Childhood Obesity Model was developed to assist healthcare providers to incorporate the Expert Committee Recommendations into practice. It is a comprehensive model which includes:

Healthcare Provider Toolkit
Pocket Reference Algorithm
Youth PA-N Assessment Form
Training Video
Office Posters
Patient Education Brochures

All of the Foster Healthy Weight in Youth clinical resources are FREE while supplies last. Click on the Materials Request Form to order. The resources are available in English and Spanish.

Healthcare Provider Toolkit

The Healthcare Provider Toolkit is a complete reference guide which focuses on the role of the healthcare provider which is to assess, prevent, treat, and advocate. The toolkit is divided into five different sections and includes an Epidemiogology/Etiology section and resources section.

Print the Healthcare Provider Toolkit today and start using or click on contact us and email or call to order the Foster Healthy Weight in Youth full set of clinical resources.

Pocket Reference Clinical Algorithm

The Pocket Reference Clinical Algorithm is an easy to use clinical tool to help in the assessment, prevention and treatment of obesity.

Follow Steps 1 through 4 of Assessment, starting with:

Step 1: Chart BMI% for Age in ALL patients ages 2 to 18

Step 2: Clinical Evaluation

Step 3: Assess Health Behaviors and Attitudes

Step 4: Follow Prevention and Treatment Algorithm

Pocket Reference Clinical Algorithm

Free CME Training Video

Check out the Foster Healthy Weight in Youth training video and recieve FREE CME credit for physicians, dietitians, and nurses.

1 Hour Training Video

Reviewed and approved for AMA category 1 credit

Summary of the Clinical Model

Infused with Nebraska Physician Champion Interviews

Youth Physical Activity & Nutrition Assessment

The Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition or PA-N Assessment Form is a clinical tool used to assess health behaviors and attitudes. The PA-N form is an objective assessment tool that facilitates the conversation between healthcare providers and patients around weight, nutrition and activity habits. The PA-N form also is infused with consistent prevention messages, therefore it is a tool that integrates the expert committee recommendations in the clinic setting.

See the Healthcare Provider Toolkit for more detailed information on how to use the Youth PA-N Form in the clinical setting.

Patient Education Postcards

Patient Education Postcards

Consistent prevention messages are those that have been identified by the Expert Committeee and the CDC to prevent obesity, are unlikely to cause harm and are to be used in all patients, regardless of BMI. A series of patient education materials has been developed to compliment the consistent prevention messages.

Foster Healthy Weight in Youth Materials Request

The Foster Healthy Weight in Youth clinical resources are available FREE of charge to healthcare professionals across Nebraska while supplies last.

Click on the order form and fax back to Holly Dingman at NE DHHS.

Baseline Clinic Survey

To help in the evaluation process, please print off and complete the baseline survey and then fax back to the NMA.

This data will help you in your practice as well as determining the efficacy of Nebraska's Clinical Childhood Obesity Model.

Follow-Up Clinic Survey

If your clinic has been working to integrate Nebraska's Clinical Childhood Obesity Model, please complete the follow-up survey below and fax back to the NMA.

Thank you. Your input is very important as we evaluate the efficacy of the model.

Obesity Presentations

Check out the Foster Healthy Weight in Youth Webinar Series and get FREE CME!

In 2011, the Nebraska Medical Association's Childhood Obesity Prevention Project, in collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Creighton University School of Medicine, and Teach a Kid to Fish, will host the "Foster Healthy Weight in Youth Webinar Series". Specifically, the series will consist of six webinars throughout 2011, focusing on the comorbidities of childhood obesity.

All webinars will be held live from noon-1pm, CST and will offer 1 hour of FREE CME for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and dieticians. The webinars will then be offered as an encore for two years on the NMA's COPP website.

The first webinar was held on January 18, 2011. Dr. Sandra Hassink, Director, Nemours Pediatric Obesity Initiative, AI DuPont Hospital for Children, presented "Associated Comorbities of Childhood Obesity".

Watch the NMA's STAT e-news or check the website for updates.

Community Resource Directory

Community Resource Directory

Statewide Resources

Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids, affiliated with national Action for Healthy Kids, is the only statewide, nonprofit organization in Nebraska formed specifically to address the epidemic of overweight, sedentary, and undernourished youth by focusing on changes in schools to improve nutrition and increase physical activity. Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids is made up of state and local leaders in public health, education and community outreach organizations. Join them. You can become a member at: www.neactionforhealthykids.org

• When the Nebraska Health Care Funding Act was passed in May 2001, Local Public Health Departments were established across the state to cover all Nebraska counties. You can find the contact information for your health department at: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/puh/oph/lhd.htm. You may be able to join in on existing efforts or assist in leading new community wide strategies aimed at childhood obesity prevention.

• The Nutrition and Activity for Health Program within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is a good resource for additional information regarding the core prevention messages.

• To locate a registered dietitian in your area, visit the Nebraska Dietetic Association website at: www.eatrightnebraska.org. Registered dietitians are trained nutrition experts that should be utilized in behavioral interventions, programs and for referrals.

• For patients receiving or those eligible for federal assistance programs – such as WIC, Food Stamps, and the National School Lunch Program - they can participate in the Nebraska Nutrition Education Program which provides training opportunities on meal planning, shopping on a budge, healthy snacking and more. To find out how to get eligible patients involved in the Nebraska Nutrition Program, call 1-877-611-4710.

• The Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition is a network of individual and organizational partners dedicated to improving the health of Nebraskans by making breastfeeding the norm through education, advocacy and collaboration. You can join them by becoming a member at: www.nebreastfeeding.org