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Health systems are typically made up of a variety of healthcare providers, insurance plans, delivery systems, and information technologies. These groups can all play a role in children’s healthy growth and the prevention and management of obesity.

A collective approach to our nation’s high levels of childhood obesity will require prevention and care management options delivered in community venues, clinics, and hospital-based settings.

Health systems can address childhood obesity through the implementation of best practice guidelines complemented by community- based resources, programs and policies that foster behavioral management strategies that aid children’s diet, physical activity, sleep, stress and wellbeing.

Childhood Obesity Guidelines

In 2010 and 2017, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force provided a Grade B recommendation that providers screen children aged 6 years or older for obesity, and provide or refer children with obesity to intensive lifestyle modification programs. Learn more.

In 2007 the American Academy of Pediatrics released the Expert Committee Recommendations that suggest screening all children for obesity (>=2 years) and providing tiers of care regarding the treatment and prevention of obesity. Learn more.

Obesity Care Models and Frameworks

Health Provider and Practitioner Resources on Clinical-Community Collaborations

CDC Clinical Growth Charts

Communicating with Families

Community Weight Management Programs for Children

Health Information Technology for Obesity and related behaviors

Parent Resources

Clinical-Community Childhood Obesity Research Demonstrations

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