Obesity is a national epidemic. In response to this problem, the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has developed a physician's toolkit for obesity to act as an information guide toward the efficient and effective treatment of obesity. IHC hopes that this organized toolkit will help physicians provide preventative and quality care. This toolkit includes: clinical guidelines, educational materials for patients and providers, current obesity program information and additional resources.
*Before reviewing all toolkit materials, please review the current overweight and obesity statistics in Iowa (PDF).
Provider Educational Materials – Adult
Adult Obesity Time Tool
Providers can use this adult obesity time tool from the American College of Preventive Medicine. This time tool provides information on up-to-date preventive services and ways to discuss weight with patients.
American Family Physician Journal
Providers and healthcare facilities can use this website to access current obesity resources for adults.
RX for Healthier Living (PDF)
Providers can use this printable Let’s move program handout to prescribe a healthy living for patients.
Talking with Patients about Weight Loss
Providers can use this website to view tips for primary care professionals on talking with patients about weight loss from the Weight-control Information Network.
Weight Bias in Healthcare (Video)
Providers can use this Yale University video to explore and learn about the topic of weight bias in healthcare.
Management of Overweight and Obesity in the Adult
Providers and healthcare facilities can use this guideline from the Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium to help with counseling, evaluation and risk management in obesity.
Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults
Providers and healthcare facilities can use this U.S. Preventive Services Task Force document to review current recommendations for screening and management of obesity.
Provider Educational Resources - Pediatric
ASMBS Pediatric Committee Best Practice Guidelines (PDF)
Providers can use this guideline document, from The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), to review current best practices and information about pediatric obesity prevention and bariatric surgery.
Change Talk: Childhood Obesity
The American Academy of Pediatrics - Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight offers resources to assist providers improve health communication with families and patients. This interactive educational module can help providers start those health conversations, using motivational interviewing.
Childhood Obesity Facts
Providers can use this informational page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to review current facts and health effect of childhood obesity.
Childhood Obesity Tools
Providers can use this website, the National Institute for Children's Health Quality, to access tools used to help to assess, manage, treat, and prevent childhood obesity.
Eat and Play the 5-2-1 way
This Continuing Education Module was created by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Providers can use this module to better understand motivational interviewing and how to use communication to better assist patients with health behavior changes.
Early Childhood Obesity Prevention: Policies, Goal, Recommendations, and Potential Actions
Providers can use this document to view the policies, goals, recommendations and potential actions to reduce early childhood obesity, from the Institute of Medicine.
Prevention and Treatment of Pediatric Obesity: Clinical Practice Guideline (PDF)
Providers and healthcare facilities can use this clinical practice guideline to improve patient care and health communication to help reduce the incidence of childhood obesity.
Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents
This guideline from AHRQ National Guideline Clearinghouse discusses the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recommendations for obesity screening in children and adolescents.
Treatment of Childhood Overweight and Obesity
This guideline from AHRQ National Guideline Clearinghouse can be used to increase the effectiveness of current obesity treatment methods to improve patient health outcomes.
Person and Family Resources
Choose My Plate
MyPlate, the updated version of the food pyramid, offers personalized eating plans and interactive tools to help individuals plan and assess daily food choices.
This site provides information on healthy nutrition and ways to be active with the Let's Move program.
The Weight of the Nation
This is a documentary, produced by HBO, about the current state of obesity in the United States.
In the era of fast food, meals on the go, and culture of unhealthy food, it is important for physicians to promote healthy eating habits and raise community awareness of obesity. Local health promotion programs can be effective ways to promote such habits. Provided below are resources on how to be active in your community and a list of successful programs in Iowa and throughout the country.
Active for Life
This program looks to increase physical activity levels in adult’s age 50 and older.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
This program is a partnership between the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. The Alliance focuses on preventing childhood obesity and promoting healthier lifestyles for all children.
The Food Trust
The food trust aims to build strong communities through healthy food.
Iowans Fit for Life
This program is a joint statewide initiative between the Iowa Department of Public Health and partners. The program promotes increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating for Iowans of all ages.
Live Healthy Iowa
This is a team based weight loss and physical activity program promoting positive changes that lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity
This website focuses on reversing the childhood obesity epidemic through community initiatives.
Articles and Reports
2011 Iowa Youth BMI Report (PDF)
This report is from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowans Fit for Life program. The report discusses the current public health burden of obesity and BMI surveillance methods across the State.
Providers, healthcare facilities, patients, families, and community members can use this resource to access current research about obesity. Some of the articles may not be accessible to individuals who do not have a subscription with the journal.
Created: November 11, 2009
Updated: June 26, 2014