Childhood Obesity


The Childhood Obesity Prevention Special Interest Group (CO SIG) was established for nurse practitioners to gain knowledge regarding childhood obesity prevention and for sharing ideas among nurse practitioners. CO SIG members can make a difference about childhood obesity by networking and sharing information with other nurse practitioners from a variety of specialties and settings to provide improved care for patients with nutrition (obesity) and/or physical fitness issues. 

External Resources:

  • Although the CO SIG recognizes best practices in childhood obesity prevention, each individual NAPNAP member must decide whether a recognized resource is appropriate for use in their respective setting or environment.  This list is not inclusive of all available resources, and does not constitute or imply an endorsement by NAPNAP or the CO SIG.
  • ChopChop Magazine’s goals are to educate kids to cook and be nutritionally literate, empower them to actively participate as health partners with their families, and help establish and support better eating habits for a lifetime of good nutrition. Please click here for more information
  • Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! Initiative is detailed on this recommended website. They provide great information on how families, schools, and communities can all band together to improve the health of kids. Included is information like facts about obesity, how to eat healthy, how to stay active, and the small steps we can all take to leading a healthier lifestyle.  To learn more, click here. 
  • The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has identified the most recent clinical practice guidelines for managing overweight and obesity in adults and children. For the most recent guidelines, click here. 
  • The American Heart Association (AHA) provides information and resources about both obesity and childhood obesity. If childhood obesity can be prevented, kids will be less susceptible to heart disease and adult obesity. Included is information about obesity, what being overweight in childhood means, and tips to prevent childhood obesity. To learn more, click here. 
  • Obesity Medicine Association’s goal is to advance the field of clinical obesity medicine. They provide clinicians with different resources about obesity for patients, along with tools and guidelines to diagnose and treat obesity. They also provide clinicians with information about different career paths in the field of obesity medicine, informs them of conferences to attend, and overall gives an understanding of what obesity medicine is. For more information, please click here. 
  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides different articles, tools, and resources to help make better treatment choices. For articles, please click here. 
  • Go Slow Whoa is the idea that certain foods are good to eat any time, sometimes, or only once in a while. Go Slow Whoa can help parents and children pick healthier foods for their families to have in the house and when to eat certain foods. For more information and charts of foods, please click here. 
  • Myplate gives great information about eating healthy, exercising, and provides resources to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. For kids, it provides games, activity sheets, recipes, videos, and songs about eating right and exercising. To learn more, visit

SIG Award Opportunities:

In the fall of each year, we offer SIG members and students the opportunity to apply for the Childhood Obesity SIG Scholarly Activity and/or Conference Sponsorship Awards. Learn how you can apply now

Position Statement:

Position Statement on the Identification and Prevention of Overweight and Obesity in the Pediatric Population (2015)




SIG Officers: 

Chair: Sharon Marie Karp, PhD, MSN, CPNP
Co Chair: Margaret Quinn, DNP, CPNP