This guide is a unique tool for health care providers that offers guidance and suggestions on how to initiate conversations with adult patients about weight and health. The tool is designed to help providers build a safe and trusting environment with patients to facilitate open, productive conversations about weight.
STOP Director, Dr. Bill Dietz, recently published an article in Health Affairs. Along with a group of co-authors with expertise in research, clinical care, health policy, and public health, Dr. Dietz offered a new model for addressing the obesity epidemic, one that reaches beyond clinical intervention to include community systems as well. The paper proposes a modern framework, integrated in its approach to address both the prevention and treatment of obesity and its related chronic diseases. Accompanying the article is a figure which illustrates this proposed framework.
Over the course of 2015, STOP Obesity Alliance added several new members, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Egg Nutrition Center, Healthy Weight Partnership, Dr. Monique Turner, TogoRun, and the World Obesity Federation. Now more than ever, our Alliance includes a range of organizations that represent voices crucial to addressing the obesity epidemic.
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View this new on-line guide created that offers practical advice for parents struggling with how to discuss weight and health with their children.
Medicaid Health Plans of America represents over 100 urban and rural health plans dedicated to serving the low income population’s medical, health, and social/economic needs. Medicaid health plans serve over 27 million beneficiaries, a number that continues to grow with expansions in state Medicaid and Children’s Health Improvement Programs (CHIP). Medicaid and CHIP are the largest source of health coverage for children in the U.S. and are emerging as a primary source of coverage for adults as well. The MHPA Center for Best Practices is a 501(c)3 subsidiary of MHPA. The Center was created in 2010 to provide research, information, and evaluation on important issues facing Medicaid health plans and their members. Prevention and treatment of obesity is a high priority for state Medicaid programs and health plans, and as such is also a top priority of the Center for Best Practices.
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