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HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR LIFE

Resources

Children and Adolescents

5–2–1–0 Pediatric Obesity Clinical Decision Support Chart.
This flip chart Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov provides health care team members with practical support and guidance to help improve care and outcomes for overweight children.

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies
Limiting TV and other media use, encouraging infants and young children in preschool and child care to spend more time in physically active play, and requiring child care providers to promote healthy sleeping practices are some of the actions needed to curb high rates of obesity among young children (birth–age five), says this 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov . The report recommends steps that should be taken by child care centers, preschools, pediatricians’ offices, federal nutrition programs, and other facilities and programs to shape children’s activities and behaviors. Policymakers, health care providers, and child care providers can counsel and support parents in promoting healthy habits in the home, the report adds.

Indian Health Diabetes Best Practice:
Youth and Type 2 Diabetes Prevention and Treatment
The 2011 Indian Health Diabetes Best Practice: Youth and Type 2 Diabetes Prevention and Treatment [PDF – 356 KB] describes recommendations for health care that serves youth (ages 2–18) who are at risk for, or have, type 2 diabetes. Organizations and communities that successfully implement these recommendations can expect to increase the number of youth at a healthy weight, reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes, and improve blood glucose, blood pressure, and lipid control in youth with type 2 diabetes.

National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality.
NICHQ Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is an independent, action-oriented organization dedicated to achieving a world in which all children receive the high-quality health care they need. NICHQ’s current initiatives include the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity and improving perinatal care.

My Amazing Body.
My Amazing Body is a comprehensive curriculum that meets the Head Start Performance Standards. The curriculum is specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start children, with the intent to include exercise and nutrition. My Amazing Body is divided into 10 lesson plans that incorporate a weekly nutritional experience, physical activity, and teacher and parent resources. The lesson plans are divided into “Learning Circle” and “Hands-on Learning Activities.” To assist the teacher, each activity is divided into domains, with measurable objectives, materials needed, and step-by-step instructions. For additional information contact the IHS Head Start Program.

BodyWorks Program and Toolkit.
BodyWorks Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is designed to help women and girls improve family eating and activity habits. The toolkit includes games, a recipe book, food and fitness journals for teens, and a “how to” video. Ten American Indian sites field tested the Native American version, and the American Indian and Alaska Native version will be available.
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