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.

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Fact Sheets and Reports
Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines and Recommendations
Treatment Tools for Health Care Professionals
Childhood Obesity Treatment Tools
Patient Education Tools
Associations and Societies
Other Online Resources


BMC Medical
Article reviewing compelling evidence that weight stigma is harmful o health, over and above objective body mass index
How and Why Weigh Stigma Drives the Obesity ‘Epidemic’ and Harms Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Fact sheets, trends, programs, and recommendations
Overweight and Obesity Module
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Adult Obesity Report

Journal of Community Health
Article on the associations between patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and quality of diabetes care in safety-net clinics
Medical Home Characteristics and Quality of Diabetes Care in Safety Net Clinics

Journal of Nurse Practitioners
Article on the impact of obesity stigma and bias on patients’ health as well as the responsibility of providers in fighting this stigma and bias
Obesity Stigma and Bias

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
This report highlights the work of the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, including discussion from experts about the connections between issues such as racism, social norms, and obesity to create strategies and interventions to address health concerns.
Targeting Structures, Communications, and Beliefs to Advance Practical Strategies for Obesity Solutions

The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Article on the effect of biological adaptations to calorie restriction on weight loss
Treating Obesity Seriously: When Recommendations for Lifestyle Change Confront Biological Adaptations

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

The State of Childhood Obesity
Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) which measures rates of overweight and obesity among Americans ages two and older
National Obesity Monitor

Trust for America’s Health
Report discussing the current state of obesity statistics in the U.S. which calls for sugary drink taxes, expanded SNAP and WIC Nutrition support programs and a built environment that encourages physical activity to help address health crisis
State of Obesity Report

U.S. 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


Canadian Medical Association
Obesity in Adults Clinical Practice Guideline

Adult Obesity Guideline
Childhood Obesity Guideline

Optima Health 
Prevention and Management of Obesity for Children and Adolescents
2018 (last reviewed)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents
Weight Loss to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults: Behavioral Interventions


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 attack or stroke
Million Hearts for Clinicians

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


American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Evidence-based recommendations for obesity treatment in patients age 2 and older
Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Obesity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Childhood obesity facts and maps/tables with statistics over time
Childhood 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

Colorado Department of Education
Toolkit designed to empowering school nurses to make a difference in addressing childhood obesity
Healthy Weight Toolkit

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

HITEQ Center
Issue brief describing promising practices and lessons learned including seven jey areas of improvement for health centers
Addressing Childhood Obesity in Health Centers

Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI)
Two technical reports about the appraisal of clinical care practices for child obesity treatment. Childhood obesity can be treated with the recognition that complex genetic, physiologic, socioeconomic, and environmental factors are at play.
New Childhood Obesity Evaluation and Treatment Guidance Features IMI Co-Authors

Journal of Maternal & Child Nutrition
Article calling for a holistic life-course approach to childhood obesity prevention that includes an equitable developmental perspective
Reframing the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Narrative through an Equitable Nurturing Approach

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

Maintenance Phase
Podcast episode on the origins and failings of the “President’s Physical Fitness Test” that explores how childhood exposure to anti-fat bias in school settings impacts them
The President’s Physical Fitness Test

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)
Resources, articles, and research on childhood obesity
Home Page

National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality 
Toolkit designed to help primary care practice teams provide coordinated, integrated, and multidisciplinary services to both prevent obesity and improve care for children who are already overweight. Includes tools for prevention, assessment and diagnosis, management and treatment, and community resources
Healthy Care for Healthy Kids Obesity Toolkit

Office on Women’s Health (OWH), HHS
Free accredited training series for pediatric and adolescent healthcare providers; this online series offers evidence-based strategies for compassionate, targeted weight management and obesity prevention in girls
Improving Care for Adolescent Girls: The Importance of Addressing Weight Bias
Child and Adolescent Weight Management: Guidelines, Guidance, and Goals

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

Optima Health
Toolkit including obesity initiatives, growth measurement tools, clinical guidelines, clinician resources, and patient/parent educational materials
Pediatric Obesity Prevention and Treatment Toolkit

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

State of Obesity
Website with data, expert insights about policies and programs that can help kids grow up healthy, and stories about communities taking action to prevent obesity
State of Childhood Obesity

Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)
Curriculum for parents, teachers, childcare providers, and children that provides nutrition and activity guidelines to help school kids and families make healthier choices
Youth Nutrition Program/5-2-1-0

Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry
Resource for dental professionals and dental clinics interested in playing a role in childhood obesity prevention
Nutrition Counseling for Obesity Prevention in Children: A Handbook for the Dental Community

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 (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
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

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


Obesity Action Coalition
Advocacy, consumer protection, coalitions, and research
Overview of Advocacy in Obesity

Obesity Medicine Association
Online CME webinars, clinician resources, and advocacy guidelines
Obesity Medicine Association Home Page

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


Maintenance Phase
Podcast debunking the junk science behind health fads, wellness scams and nonsensical nutrition advice
Maintenance Phase Episodes

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Workshop materials including session videos, agendas, and background resources (2019)
A Health Equity Approach to Obesity Efforts: A Workshop 

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