Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients

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.

An Integrated Framework For The Prevention And Treatment Of Obesity And Its Related Chronic Diseases

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.

Weighing In is a STOP Obesity Alliance Blog

STOP Obesity Alliance December E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

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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"Weigh In: Talking to Your Children About Weight and Health"

View this new on-line guide created that offers practical advice for parents struggling with how to discuss weight and health with their children.

Steering Committee Associate Members
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a national public health association, founded in 1988 to link the chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. territory to provide a national forum for chronic disease prevention and control efforts. Since its founding, NACDD has made impressive strides in mobilizing national efforts to reduce chronic diseases and the associated risk factors.

NACDD works to reduce the impact of chronic diseases on the American population by advocating for preventative policies and programs, encouraging knowledge sharing and developing partnerships for health promotion.

NACDD supports different Councils, Interest Groups and Work Groups focusing on physical activity, healthy nutrition, and obesity and other diseases.  These include:  Arthritis, Breast & Cervical Cancer, Cardiovascular Health, Comprehensive Cancer, Diabetes, Health Disparities, Healthy Aging, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Pacific Islands, Physical Activity, Physicians, School Health, Tobacco Control Network, Vision & Eye Health, and Women’s Health.  Each addresses the unique aspects of specific chronic diseases to advance prevention and control efforts in those areas as well as professional development for chronic disease staff with common program interests.

Perspective:  Fighting Chronic Disease through ACHIEVE

NACDD works in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, YMCA of the USA, National Recreation and Park Association, and National Association of County and City Health Officials on ACHIEVE.  NACDD provides funding and support to 23 communities (2008/2009) selected to advance community leadership in the nation’s efforts to prevent chronic diseases and related risk factors through a locally collaborative approach.  The purpose of this approach, called Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE (ACHIEVE), is to bring together local leaders and stakeholders to build healthier communities by promoting policy, systems and environmental change strategies that focus on physical activity, nutrition, tobacco cessation, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The ACHIEVE approach aims to promote improvements such as increased access to and use of attractive and safe locations for engaging in physical activity; revised school food contracts that include more fruits and vegetables and whole grain foods; and requirements for sidewalks and crossing signals in neighborhoods to make them more pedestrian-friendly, among others.