Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles Toolkit

May 17, 2010 08:00 am News Staff

The amount of information on overweight, obesity and healthy lifestyles available for family physicians and their patients can be overwhelming. That is why the staff of AAFP News Now have compiled this list of resources physicians and their patients can use to find out more information. Although certainly not inclusive, this list does provide a starting point for those seeking more education and tools.

AAFP Resources
Americans In Motion -- Healthy Interventions (AIM-HI)
This is an excellent and comprehensive resource for physicians interested in finding ways to encourage their patients to live healthy lifestyles. It offers CME opportunities, tools for physicians' offices, patient education resources and community education resources.

AFP By Topic: Obesity
The AAFP's clinical journal, American Family Physician, has gathered together a list of resources on obesity that the AFP online medical editor has defined as current. Articles included in this list cover screening and diagnosis, prevention, treatment, complications and special situations, practice improvement, and patient education.

AAFP Recommendations for Clinical Preventive Services: Obesity, Adults

AAFP Recommendations for Clinical Preventive Services: Physical Activity, Counseling


FamilyDoctor.org Resources

Exercise: How To Get Started(familydoctor.org)

Healthy Living - Your Life in Balance(familydoctor.org)

Healthy Living: How Common Behaviors Affect Your Health(familydoctor.org)

Nutrition for Weight Loss: What You Need to Know About Fad Diets(familydoctor.org)

Nutrition: Tips for Improving Your Health(familydoctor.org)

Prescription Weight-loss Medicines(familydoctor.org)

Weight Issues in Children(familydoctor.org)

What it Takes to Lose Weight(familydoctor.org)

What You Should Know Before You Start A Weight Loss Plan(familydoctor.org)

Other Resources
CDC: Healthy Weight -- It's Not a Diet, it's a Lifestyle!(www.cdc.gov)

CDC: Overweight and Obesity -- Causes and Consequences(www.cdc.gov)


Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation(www.center-trt.org)

National Heart Lung, and Blood Institute Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: the Evidence Report(www.nhlbi.nih.gov)


Let's Move Campaign(www.letsmove.gov)

Nutrition in Medicine(www.nutritioninmedicine.org)

The Obesity Society(www.obesity.org)

The Practical Guide: Identification, Evaluation and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults(www.nhlbi.nih.gov)

Shape Up America!(shapeup.org)

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine: Collaborative development, implementation, and evaluation of a novel curriculum in pediatric obesity identification and treatment(www.fmdrl.org)


Society of Teachers of Family Medicine: Incidence of Childhood Obesity Among Children at a Community Health Center(www.fmdrl.org)

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine: Nutrition Resources(www.fmdrl.org)

STOP, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance(www.stopobesityalliance.org)

Weight-control Information Network: An information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases(www.win.niddk.nih.gov)


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