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.
The COSHAR Foundation Inc., founded in 1995 out of a commitment to underserved communities and the nation at large, focuses on health, education, empowerment and outreach. The foundation works to increase health awareness with a focus on prevention, testing/screening, access to care and optimal treatment.
Through its National Health Ministry Network (NHMN), the foundation impacts health/wellness around the country. The NHMN’s membership is free to any faith-based organization and currently consists of over 24,500 houses of worship and community-based organizations. The network has members in each of the 50 states and in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The foundation’s work would not be possible without its extensive network of volunteers from across the country, which includes both health and non-health professionals. A 501 (c)(3) organization with headquarters in Bowie, Maryland and affiliate offices in North Carolina, New York and California, the foundation has developed a unique and effective outreach mechanism to reach millions of persons in the U.S. with a concise message and call to action.
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