This pilot project aims to integrate childhood obesity guidelines into clinical primary care and community settings across Colorado, with a focus on rural and underserved populations so physicians have the tools they need to diagnose and treat children struggling with obesity. The loose frameworks provided to primary care physicians to date are still heavily theoretical leaving primary care physicians without a truly relevant methodology for applying these ideas to clinical practice for young patients and their families. As a response to this gap, this project brings obesity-related clinical guidelines from "theory into practice," first in the primary care practice setting; and second, in the home and community, by creating diagnostic tools for physicians to utilize in clinical practice. This user-friendly, relevant template can be readily implemented at the clinical level and will result in an integrated, replicable obesity prevention and intervention model for Colorado youth and families.
Integration of prevention and management in the primary care setting for pediatric obesity will be completed through quality improvement strategies, the Health TeamWorks Childhood Obesity Guideline, and the Fit Family Challenge intervention model. New recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, or USPSTF, regarding screening for childhood and adolescent obesity call for moderate- to high-intensity interventions for obese patients. Our project requires hard-work, consistency, and dedication to achieve the desirable results of more healthy and active children and their families. Through the commitment of primary care physicians and health professionals alike, we are optimistic over the impact we can make on pediatric obesity in the primary care setting.
Dr. Luke Casias
This project is funded by the Colorado Health Foundation