AAP Section on Obesity releases first ever obesity course 'Pediatric Obesity Management: Evidence-based Strategies and Practical Approaches'

Posted on October 22, 2019

The Section on Obesity Executive Committee is thrilled to present our first ever obesity course Pediatric Obesity Management: Evidence-based Strategies and Practical Approaches. This standalone course will be offered at AAP Headquarters on April 3 & 4, 2020. Agenda, details of the program and registration link are below.

As our Section has grown, we have received so many wonderful ideas from you all. This course was designed to bring together the content and leading experts that you asked for in a forum which will promote discussion, learning and comradery. We hope this will be a place where we can all learn from each other and improve our care and management of obesity. This course is designed to be a comprehensive program and will have information for all levels of care.

We hope you will join us!

Stephanie Walsh, MD, FAAP, Course Chair

Christopher Bolling, MD, FAAP, Course Planning Committee

Victoria Rogers, MD, FAAP, Course Planning Committee

Course Description
As pediatric obesity has continued to worsen nationally; a need has emerged to equip more providers with skills to effectively manage and help their patients. Over the past several years, evidence-based obesity management strategies and sustainable practice-management approaches have emerged. The 2020 Pediatric Obesity Management: Evidence-based Strategies and Practical Approaches course, hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Obesity (SOOb) is designed for pediatricians, family physicians and pediatric allied health professionals seeking to improve their skills in obesity assessment and management. This educational experience combines selected pre-conference readings, expert panels, workshops and didactic training sessions for an engaging and comprehensive training.

Additional Information:

- Course Brochure

- Online Registration

- Registration Form

Learning Objectives
At the end of the course learners will be able to:

- screen for illness associated with overweight and obesity

- implement strategies to bring about positive behavior change

- refer children with severe obesity appropriately to specialized care

- provide nutrition and activity counseling

- implement practice management skills for obesity care

Course Agenda

Day 1 - Friday, April 3

7:00 am Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am Welcome

8:15 am The Pathophysiology of Obesity

9:45 am Break

10:00 am The Pathophysiology of Obesity (continued)

10:30 am Case-based Learning: Assessment and

Comorbidities of Obesity

12:00 pm Lunch and Physical Activity Break

1:00 pm Strategies for Severe Obesity

2:15 pm Break

2:30 pm Counseling Workshop

5:00 pm Adjourn

Day 2 - Saturday, April 4

7:15 am Breakfast

7:45 am How the SOOb and the AAP Institute for

Healthy Childhood Weight Can Help

8:00 am Sustainability 101: Practice Management,

Patient Engagement, Marketing and

Maintaining Skills

9:00 am Break

9:15 am Sustainability 201: Making it Work for You

10:15 am Navigating Current Diet Trends and Apps

10:45 am Obesity Case Panel: Putting it all Together

11:45 am Keep it Going!

12:00 pm Adjourn


Physician, Allied Health Professional, Other: $250

Trainee (Medical Student, Resident, Fellowship): $75

*Due to space limitations, on-site registration will not be available.


Space is limited.

Register early!

Contact Information
For more information contact Mala Thapar at mthapar@aap.org or by phone at 630-626-6284.

Continuing Medical Education

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AAP designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)â„¢. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is acceptable for a maximum of 11.0 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

PAs may claim a maximum of 11.0 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

This program is accredited for 11.0 NAPNAP CE contact hours of which 0 contain pharmacology (Rx) content, (0 related to psychopharmacology) (0 related to controlled substances), per the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Continuing Education Guidelines.

MOC Part 2 Statement

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity and individual assessment of and feedback to the learner, enables the learner to earn up to 11.0 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.