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HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR LIFE

Actions for Providers

  • Conduct universal body mass index screening and assessment
  • Provide pre-conception and prenatal counseling and care
  • Provide breastfeeding and infant feeding education and support (post partum)
  • Implement comprehensive, agency-wide food standards policies for promoting healthy weight
  • Implement universal nutrition and physical activity education
  • Deliver quality health care
  • Match the size and capability of the workforce to the disease burden
  • Identify ways to increase reimbursement for healthy weight management

Agency Actions to Promote Healthy Weight for Life

  • Create a standing body in the Indian health system—the healthy weight for life workgroup—to help implement the vision
  • Promote and support lifestyle change strategies for healthy weight across the lifespan throughout the Indian health system
  • Increase quality improvement, program evaluation, and research on healthy weight management
  • Foster collaboration and innovation across the Indian health system and with external partners
  • Design and launch a website to promote healthy weight management strategies
  • Plan and implement a social marketing campaign to promote healthy weight

Download These Healthy Weight Guides and Take Action

For Health Care Team Members and Leaders Healthy Weight for Life: A Vision for Healthy Weight Across the Lifespan of American Indians and Alaska Natives--Actions for Health Care Team Members and Leaders
For Communities, Individuals, and Families Healthy Weight for Life: A Vision for Healthy Weight Across the Lifespan of American Indians and Alaska Natives--Actions for Communities, Individuals, and Families
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What does obesity have to do with the daily care we health care professionals provide? Obesity is everyone’s problem. Each of us needs to work together as part of a health care team to help prevent obesity and mitigate the problems caused by it. It’s already taxing our Indian health system to the breaking point. Unless we work proactively to fight this growing problem, we’ll see it get worse in the coming years.

Rear Adm. Richie Grinnell
IHS Albuquerque Area
Acting Director


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