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Nutrition, Weight Status, and Physical Activity 3.1

Increase efforts to prevent, detect and intervene earlier with children above a healthy weight range.

  • Expansion of Current Programs/Efforts:

    • Expanded Healthy Weight Plan goal throughout Division of General Academic Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics; implementation in progress (standardized, evidence-based assessment for all CMH general pediatrics clinics-BMI calculation, physical activity and nutrition assessment and planning for all general pediatric patients aged 2 or above presenting for well child care

    • Expanded Zoom to Health in community locations (YMCA)

    • Replication of PHIT Kids Weight Management Clinic pilot scheduling template in other PHIT Kids Weight Management clinics

    • PHIT Kids Evening Group now offered at Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas

    • Improved access through a 52% increase in clinic visits from FY 2012 to FY 2013

    • Expansion and refinement of services to include Stage 4 treatment for severe obesity

      • To improve our capacity to provide care for children with severe obesity seen as inpatients or outpatients. 

    • Increased educational opportunities for local healthcare and community primary care professionals:

      • Single day conference focused on the co-morbidities of pediatric obesity was hosted at CMH. The workshop attracted over 100 people, reinforcing the need to continue to support annual workshops. 

      • Second annual Weight Management ambulatory care conference is scheduled for 11/8/14

  •  New Programs/Efforts:

    • Completion of CQPI project on obesity prevention and early intervention efforts (August 2014)

    • Obtained Part 4 Maintenance of Certification credit for physicians participating in General Academic Pediatrics Healthy Weight Plan project 

    • Conducted a needs assessment specific to community primary care providers resulting in a new work group to provide input and recommendations to enhance community treatment and linkage to resources

    • Development of a cost model for return on investment for weight management programs was started and materials were developed to support reimbursement

    • New tracking of clinic access, outcomes, research, and quality measures

    • Implementation of new intake questionnaire to better assess family desires for treatment

    • Developed a centralized resource of over 250 metro programs that deliver services related to physical activity, healthy eating and weight management through Systems Mapping 

    • Extensive literature review on causal pathways for obesity and strategies to prevent or mitigate obesity