Featured Clinics

This display highlights the 10 clinics with the most patients ages three to 17 that counseled 100% of those who were overweight about physical activity and nutrition.

The statewide rate is 90% for all reporting clinics.

This means that for every 100 overweight children and teens, 90 were given information about physical activity and nutirtion during their preventive care check ups. 

How the clinics compare

The main goal of counseling is to encourage overweight or obese children and teens to increase healthy eating and physical activity, which could help them achieve a healthy weight.

All of the featured clinics had counseling rates of 100%; however, throughout the state, clinics ranged from 0% to 100%.

The MNHealthScores Featured Clinics list is based on clinic performance for recommended physical activity and nutrition counseling of patients age three to 17.

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Data source and dates

This report is based on information from patients who visited their doctor between January 1 and
December 31, 2016.

Rating (%) Clinic Name Location
100 South Lake Pediatrics - Plymouth Plymouth, MN
100 Wayzata Children's Clinic - Spring Park Spring Park, MN
100 Olmsted Medical Center - Plainview Clinic Plainview, MN
100 Partners in Pediatrics Plymouth Plymouth, MN
100 Children's West St. Paul Clinic West St. Paul, MN
100 Metropolitan Pediatric Specialists - Edina Edina, MN
100 EH East International Falls Clinic International Falls, MN
100 Allina Health - Annandale Annandale, MN
100 Gateway Family Health Clinic - Hinckley Hinckley, MN
100 Allina Health - North Branch North Branch, MN

Standards of Care

Standards of care are treatment guidelines that are generally accepted by health care professionals as valid and supported by sound scientific evidence.

Counseling for overweight children

Height and weight checks have long been standard elements of well child exams. Providers are also now evaluating the Body Mass Index (BMI) percentile that results from comparing height and weight to determine if patients are overweight. If they are, providers should discuss physical activity and nutrition with their patient and provide them with information or referrals as needed.

recommended Care

Counseling on physical activity and nutrition should include at least one of the following:

  • Discussion of current eating behaviors and participation in sports or exercise routine
  • Counseling and/or educational materials on recommended adjustments to current behaviors
  • Referral for additional education or counseling, such as healthy lifestyle classes or nutritional therapy


Addressing unhealthy habits while patients are still young can help shift habits before they're set in and harder to change, as well as have a significant impact on the patient's long term health. Obese children are less likely to achieve a healthy adult weight and are at increased risk for a wide range of chronic illnesses throughout their lives.


We encourage you to talk with your child or teen's provider if you think they are overweight or struggling with poor eating and physical activity habits. There are many modest and reasonable adjustments you can make to your child's diet and activity level that will support them in achieving a healthy weight. Explore the resources below to help you recognize and talk to your child and your child's provider about your concerns.

Body Mass Index Calculator


Understanding Body Mass Index (BMI)  

Information about BMI and interpreting the BMI percentile for children and teens.

Talking with Your Pediatrician  

Tips on how to work with your pediatrician to address your child's weight and health.

Let's Move!  

Program developed by First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

Obesity Prevention Strategies  

Links, advice and evidence for making changes across key settings - families, early childcare, schools, worksites and health care organizations.

Diet Quality and Quantity Matter  

This article reviews the research on what you eat and weight control, highlighting diet strategies that also help prevent chronic disease.


The State of Obesity in Minnesota

Minnesota now has the 36th highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. Minnesota's adult obesity rate is currently 27.6 percent, up from 16.4 percent in 2000 and from 10.3 percent in 1990.

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Signs of Progress on Childhood Obesity in Minnesota

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