Overweight and Obesity Prevention:
Information for Health Care Providers
In order to improve the health of Minnesotans and reduce health care costs, it is critical that Minnesota’s health providers make reducing obesity a top priority.
Health care providers are key to the success of health improvement in Minnesota. It is essential that clinicians employ creative, multi-disciplinary and culturally sensitive approaches to the prevention of obesity. The health care environment is a unique setting where people discuss their health with medical providers. Health care providers can promote the development and maintenance of healthy lifestyle behaviors by encouraging individuals to maintain healthy eating habits and participate in physical activity on a regular basis.
Childhood obesity message tool
Changes in health care and the health care setting have created challenges to the approach of supporting wellness and not just treating illness. Providers frequently have little time to spend with patients and often don’t feel equipped to offer resources that could help their patients lead more active lives and eat more healthfully.
MDH has developed a clinical tool for children at risk for obesity. This tool came about because a physician, while having clear clinical guidance for working with children who are obese, felt ill-equipped to discuss weight management strategies for children above normal weight and at risk for obesity. The tool offers clear, simple messages for families designed to be memorable, actionable and quick.
Obesity Protocol (PDF) Providers are encouraged to print and reproduce the obesity protocol as needed. If you would like a hard copy mailed to you, or would wish to use it in other ways and other formats, contact the MDH Nutrition Coordinator at 651-201-5440.
For more information:
Action for Healthy Kids
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the epidemic of overweight, undernourished and sedentary youth by focusing on changes in schools. AFHK works in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to improve children's nutrition, increase physical activity and improve their readiness to learn.
National Institutes of Health
NIH is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
Office of the Surgeon General
This site offers information regarding public health priorities and strives to provide scientific information to the public to improve America’s health.
Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center
The University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center (OPC) provides leadership and coordination at the local, national, and international level for multidisciplinary research, policy, and education. The Center focuses on understanding and responding to the pernicious epidemic of excessive weight gain and obesity.
Wellness Councils of America
A premier resource for worksite wellness dedicated to helping organizations of all kinds build and sustain results-oriented wellness programs.