What measurement means for counseling for overweight children

Obese children are less likely to reach a healthy adult weight. They are at increased risk for chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, sleep apnea and depression. However, modest lifestyle changes that help shift the trajectory of their weight gain can be accomoplished and have life-long impact if kids are given support early enough. 

The Pediatric Overweight Counseling measure reports how many patients age three through 17 who had a Body Mass Index (BMI) percentile of 85 or above, which is considered overweight or obese, received counseling on physical activity or nutrition at their well child exam.

The statewide rate for all reporting clinics is 90%. This means in Minnesota and some neighboring areas, 90 of 100 overweight patients ages three through 17 were counseled on physical activity and nutrition.

High screening rates can be a sign of strong clinic performance in pediatric health care. It’s important to know that small differences in percentages don’t necessarily reflect the quality of care you’ll receive with a certain medical group or clinic. It is more important to note the large differences between providers, and speak with your doctor if you have questions or concerns.

How we calculate the measure

We measure how many patients ages three through 17 who had a BMI percentile of 85 or above discussed current behaviors; received guidance or educational materials; and/or were referred for additional education or counseling related to both physical activity and nutrition during one of their preventive care visits at each medical group or clinic. This report is based on information about patients who visited their health care provider between January 1 and December 31, 2016. This information is collected under the measure name Pediatric Preventive Care: Overweight Counseling.

related measures

This is one of two measures focused on preventive care for children and teens. The other is:

Mental Health Screening - Teens