Childhood Obesity

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Toolkit for the Prevention and Treatment of Pediatric Obesity

Toolkit for Iowa 5-2-1-0 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Committee on Obesity 

Do you have and interest in prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity?  The Iowa Chapter AAP has newly formed a Committee on Obesity.   We have collaborated with the Iowa Medical Society and other health care associations to develop an Iowa specific Healthcare Provider Toolkit for the Prevention and Treatment of Pediatric Obesity.  We are also partnering with state government and public and private groups across our state working on pediatric obesity initiatives.

The committee with meet via conference call 2-4 times per year to discuss current pediatric obesity initiatives in our state and share national AAP education opportunities.  The time commitment for this group is minimal.  If you are unable to join the conference calls minutes will be sent out to keep you up to date.  Our goal is to bring together a group of IA AAP members who have an interest in this topic.  Information about local and national education opportunities and initiatives will be regularly sent to members of the committee.  The meetings will allow providers the opportunity to network with other members with expertise and experience in this field and share successes and challenges in addressing this issue in our state.

If you are interested in joining this group please email the committee chairperson, Dr. Jennifer Groos at



On October 31, Governor Kim Reynolds, announced the launch of 5210 – Healthy Choices CountIn support of this initiative IMS has added the on-demand webinar Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Childhood Obesity in Iowa on the Childhood Obesity portion of the website.

During this webinar, Jennifer Groos, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician with Blank Children's Hospital and childhood obesity prevention champion will:

  • Explore the impact of weight bias on patient experience and how to minimize the impact.
  • Discuss the staged approach to prevention, assessment, and treatment of obesity in children and identify tools to assist in its implementation.
  • Explain the benefits of using motivational interviewing and brief action planning during clinic visits.
  • Explore the importance of multi-setting approach to prevention of obesity and identify ways healthcare providers can advocate for and support this in their community.

This is a free webinar, however, participants do need to register. Once the registration is processed, a separate email with the link to the recorded webinar will be sent to the email associated with your IMS account.

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Available webinar on November 29th 2:00-3:00pm ET

Nearly one in six children in the U.S. is obese, representing a serious public health problem, and contributing to increased risks for many chronic conditions later in life. While the issue has received increased attention at the national and local level, there are few examples of meaningful collaboration between the Medicaid and public health sectors. This represents a significant missed opportunity, as children covered by Medicaid are nearly six times more likely to be treated for obesity than those who are privately insured. Bringing together Medicaid leaders and their public health counterparts provides an opportunity to leverage each other’s respective strengths to advance interventions aimed at this epidemic.

Click the link to learn more!

Combating Childhood Obesity through Medicaid-Public Health Partnerships: Lessons from the Field


Obesity is a sensitive and difficult topic to discuss.  Weight stigma is widespread, harmful, and contributes significantly to the issue of obesity.

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Media is one potential source of weight stigma.  Well-intention efforts can inadvertently contribute to weight stigma in a variety of ways.


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