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Creighton Workshop Targets Childhood Obesity Prevention, Treatment

Creighton Workshop Targets Childhood Obesity Prevention, Treatment

Creighton University School of Medicine and Creighton University Medical Center are taking on the fight against childhood obesity in Nebraska.

Creighton’s Division of Continuing Medical Education will hold workshops on “A New Clinical Approach to Foster Healthy Weight in Youth” in Scottsbluff (Oct. 25), Omaha (Nov. 1), Kearney (Nov. 14) and Lincoln (Nov. 15). The evening workshops are designed for all health care providers who work with children.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is co-sponsoring the workshops.

“The problem of childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in Nebraska and the nation, largely due to poor nutrition and exercise habits,” said Cristina Fernandez, M.D., Creighton associate professor of pediatrics and course director. “The workshops are designed to give health providers the tools they to determine whether their patients are at risk and, if so, what can be done to eliminate or minimize the risk.”

In 2003 – the most recent figures available – an estimated 33.3 percent of Nebraska students, kindergarten-12th grade, were overweight or obese, according to a DHHS report.

Subjects to be covered during 5:30-9 p.m. workshops:

  • Literature and statistics on childhood obesity
  • Education of pediatric patients and their parents on weight and healthy lifestyle issues
  • A proposed Nebraska Health Weight Model for use by health care providers
  • A new Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Assessment form, developed by DHSS
  • Case studies of overweight children, including assessment, motivational counseling and goal setting

For more information or to register, call (800) 548-2633 or (402) 280-5659 or visit CME’s website at cme.creighton.edu. Seating is limited; advance registration is recommended. Continuing education credit is available for some health fields. The workshop fee is $30-50 per person, depending on the date of registration.