Overweight and Obesity Treatment and Prevention Resources

CHAMPS has developed this listing of online resources to support Region VIII CHCs in treating and supporting their patients who are overweight or obese. An extensive search of online resources was conducted and below are the resources that were deemed of the highest quality and usefulness for community health centers. The resources are divided by the categories of fact sheets and reports, clinical guidelines and recommendations, treatment tools for health care professionals, patient education tools, webcasts, and other resources.

Please click or scroll down for:
Fact Sheets and Reports
Evidence Based Clinical Guidelines and Recommendations
Treatment Tools for Health Care Professionals
Childhood Obesity Treatment Tools
Patient Education Tools
Related CHAMPS Archived Webcasts
Associations and Societies
Other Online Resources


Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)
Overview of Title V programs and highlights of the most frequently used strategies to address weight issues
Promoting Healthy Weight: The Role of Title V

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Fact sheets, trends, programs, and recommendations
Overweight and Obesity Module

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Stroke Association, and American Heart Association
Report and statistical slides
A Nation at Risk: Obesity in the United States Statistical Sourcebook

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Press releases, reports, and fact sheets
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity

World Health Organization (WHO)
Fact sheet
Obesity and Overweight, February 2018


Adult Obesity Guideline
Childhood Obesity Guideline

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement 
Prevention and Management of Obesity for Children and Adolescents

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Dietary Guidelines for Americans

US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults


American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Provides access to journal articles, posters, and tools to engage families and communities as they support healthy active living for children
Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight
Free, downloadable prescription that a health care provider can give to patients with check-box and fill-in-the-blank goals
Rx for Healthy Active Living
Clinical report published in the journal Pediatrics July 2015 by the committee on nutrition
The Role of the Pediatrician in Primary Prevention of Obesity

Article on obesity counseling strategies (free registration required)
A Physician’s Toolbox of Counseling Strategies
Article on treating obesity (free registration required)
Treating Obesity in the Primary Care Setting
Webpage collection of the latest news and information on obesity and approaches to weight management (free registration required)
Weight Management Resource Center

Million Hearts for Clinicians Microsite
Evidence-based protocols, action guides, and other quality improvement tools to health clinicians reduce risk for heart attach or stroke
Million Hearts for Clinicans

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute 
Obesity guidelines, evidence report, BMI calculator, and more
Aim for a Healthy Weight, Information for Health Professionals

National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality 
Provider tools for prevention, assessment and diagnosis, management and treatment, family/community, and office culture
Childhood Obesity Tools

Obesity Society 
Free BMI tools for providers
Treat Obesity Seriously


American Heart Association
Change to Understand Childhood Obesity, 2011 Statistical Sourcebook including information on obesity health consequences, disparities, solutions, and statistics
Change to Understand Childhood Obesity

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Childhood Obesity Tool Kit including AAP recommendations and other clinical guidelines, clinician resources, and patient/parent educational materials
Childhood Obesity Tool Kit

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Childhood obesity facts and maps/tables with statistics over time
Obesity Facts
BMI Percentile Calculator for Children and Teens
BMI Calculator

CHAMPS collection of printable Patient Education Handouts includes a customizable tool on healthy weight in childhood
CHAMPS Patient Education Handouts

Color Me Healthy
Interactive learning activities on physical activity and healthy eating for children ages four and five
Color Me Healthy

Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health, The Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative 
Data and reports from multiple sources on childhood obesity and overweight
Data Resource Center

Let’s Go!
Downloadable Childhood Obesity Resource Toolkit for Healthcare Providers
Let’s Go!

Let’s Move!
Facts, tips and strategies for families, schools, and communities to improve nutrition and opportunities for physical activity
Let’s Move!

Toolkit with strategies and success stories to assist practitioners in child-serving sectors, including: early care and education, schools, out-of-school time, community initiatives, and healthcare
Nemours Toolkit

Obesity Action Coalition 
Information about childhood obesity, explanations of growth charts, child appropriate resources, and addressing childhood obesity stigma.
Understanding Obesity in Children

Obesity Society 
Report on prevalence of childhood obesity obtained through analysis of 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Data
Facts About Childhood Obesity

Office on Women’s Health
Body Works program available in Spanish and English to assist parents and caregivers of teens and preteens to improve family eating and activity habits
Body Works

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Summary of childhood obesity, including prevalence data and national policy and research priorities
Childhood Obesity Trends

WE CAN! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition)
The Physicians’ Role in Preventing Childhood Overweight and Obesity tip sheet


Health and Human Services (HHS)
Resources to help patients manage or lose weight
NIH Body Weight Planner
Resources to improve cardiovascular health
Million Hearts Tools

Healthy Children
Patient-directed website of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides resources on a variety of pediatric health topics including healthy eating and lifestyle for children.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute 
Latino recipes made heart-healthy in English and Spanish – downloadable booklet (57 pages)
Delicious Heart-Healthy Latino Recipes
Tip sheet comparing cost and calories of fast food vs. bag lunch (one page)
Food Comparison Chart
Calories per serving size for foods in each food group (two pages)
Food Exchange List
Mexican-American cuisine menus at 1200 and 1600 calories (one page)
Mexican-American Cuisine Menus, 1200 and 1600 calories
Tip sheet for buying healthy food and saving money (two pages)
Parent Tips: Healthier Eating While Saving Money
Tip sheet defining GO, SLOW and WHOA foods (four pages)
Parent Tips: Making Healthier Food Choices
Webpage with practical tools for parents and caregivers to help childhood overweight and obesity
Resources for Parents and the Public
1200 calorie breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus (one page)
Traditional American Cuisine, 1200 Calorie Menu
1600 calorie breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus (one page)
Traditional American Cuisine, 1600 Calorie Menu
Grid for planning a week of meals with menus (two pages)
Weekly Meal Planner

Obesity Society
Prevention and treatment options, patient stories, interactive resources, and networking tools
Treat Obesity Seriously

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Created in collaboration with HRSA’s Office of Women’s Health, this infographic acts as a vibrant tool for patient education on weight management
Healthy Weight Infographic
Patients can obtain personalized nutrition and activity plans, track progress on those plans, and receive tips on making healthy choices

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Works
Patient education handouts in pdf format, MyPlate resources, and downloadable images for education materials
WIC Works Resources


Presented by Linda Barbour, MD, MSPH
Recorded live webcast on new guidelines and concepts for gestational diabetes available on CD-ROM and online through February 2008 (one and one-half hours)
Gestational Diabetes: New Concepts, New Guidelines – CHAMPS Archived Webcasts Volume 9, February 2007

Presented by Victoria Catenacci, MD
Recorded live webcast on approaches to managing overweight and obese patients available on CD-ROM (one and one-half hours)
Practical Approaches to Managing Your Overweight and Obese Patients – CHAMPS Archived Webcasts Volume 8, November 2006 


American Obesity Association
Advocacy, consumer protection, coalitions, and research
Advocacy and Education on Obesity

Obesity Society
Online CME, slide library, and virtual meetings
The Scientific Society Dedicated to the Study of Obesity


Resources regarding eating healthy, guided programs, physical activity, and books
Additional Adult Obesity Resources

University of Colorado Hospital & Nutrition Foundations
2010 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Annual Conference session presentation slides
Fighting Disease with a Fork: Nutrition Interventions for Fighting Chronic Disease