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 89% for all reporting clinics.
This means that for every 100 overweight children and teens, 89 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.
Data source and dates
This report is based on information from patients who visited their doctor between January 1 and
December 31, 2015.
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.
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
Information about BMI and interpreting the BMI percentile for children and teens.
Tips on how to work with your pediatrician to address your child's weight and health.
Program developed by First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.
Links, advice and evidence for making changes across key settings - families, early childcare, schools, worksites and health care organizations.
This article reviews the research on what you eat and weight control, highlighting diet strategies that also help prevent chronic disease.
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