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. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) members who join the 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.
Childhood Obesity SIG Scholarship and Conference Sponsorship Awards are available! Learn more on our SIG Awards page.
- Provide educational offerings to members through PedsCE and/or hosted webinars.
- Promote SIG membership engagement through increased communications, and membership meetings.
- Maintain and update the CO SIG’s website with reputable resources for advanced practice nurses relative to practice, research, education, and policy.
- Collaborate with other SIGs on educational offerings and other opportunities that have shared goals. Develop educational offerings for the general membership through PedsCE and TeamPeds Talks.
- Connect and collaborate with professional organizations (e.g. Pediatric Nurse Certification Board, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to develop educational offerings and guidelines for advanced practice nurses working with children who are overweight or obese.
- Support and participate in health policy initiatives that effect childhood obesity.
- Read our position statement on the Identification and Prevention of Overweight and Obesity in the Pediatric Population (2021).
- Childhood Obesity: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Clinical Practice-Part One
- Childhood Obesity: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Clinical Practice-Part Two
- Please visit the Journal of Pediatric Health Care to search for articles on this topic.
- TeamPeds Talk: Bigger is Not Always Better- Pediatric Obesity and Its Implications for Critical Care
- TeamPeds Talk: Conversations on Child Health Equity- Assessing Food Insecurity in Primary Care Environments
- TeamPeds Talk: Conversations on Child Health Equity- Racial Discrimination and Impact on Healthy Eating
- 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) – 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.
- Obesity Medicine Association – 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.
- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) – AHRQ provides different articles, tools and resources to help make better treatment choices.
- Kids Health: Provides information on how promoting healthy lifestyles can help prevent kids from becoming overweight.
- ChopChop Magazine – This publication’s goal is 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.
- Go Slow Whoa – 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.
- Myplate – This organization 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.
- Kids and Exercise: Learn more on the elements of fitness and its benefits to kids who exercise.
- Physical Activity Basics – Learn the benefits of physical activity and how it can improve your health.