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)
Report on obesity and American Indians/Alaska Natives
Obesity and American Indians/Alaska Natives, April 2007
Press releases, reports, and fact sheets
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity

World Health Organization
Fact sheet
Obesity and Overweight, September 2006


Adult Obesity Guideline
Childhood Obesity Guideline

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

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Dietary Guidelines for Americans

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults
Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents


American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
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

American Medical Association (AMA)
Resources to help physicians and their staff help patients achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
Resources for Physicians

Let’s Move
Free, downloadable prescription that a health care provider can give to patients with check-box and fill-in-the-blank healthy lifestyle goals and ideas for healthier living
Rx for Healthier Living

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

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

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

The Obesity Society (TOS)
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Summary of childhood obesity, policy priorities, research, news, funding opportunities, and sign up for Childhood Obesity Email Alerts

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


American Medical Association (AMA)
Resources to help patients partner with their providers to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
Resources for Patients

Health and Human Services (HHS)
Resources to help patients manage or loose weight, including NIH Body Weight Planner and USDA SuperTracker weight tracking tool
Resources for Patients

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
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
Serving size card with portion recommendations (one page)
Serving Size Card
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

The Obesity Society (TOS)
Prevention and treatment options, patient stories, interactive resources, and networking tools
Treat Obesity Seriously

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) 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

The 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