Obesity Prevention, Treatment & Education

Taking action together to reduce obesity and overweight and the medical conditions associated with these conditions is essential for securing Maine's health and economic future. The Maine Obesity Advisory Council (MOAC) was convened in October 2017 by the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention (Maine CDC) and Let's Go!, a program of The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center. MOAC has developed recommendations to guide local, district, and statewide programs, policies, and partnerships in reducing obesity and the medical conditions associated with obesity, that result in poor health, higher medical costs, and negative impacts on quality of life in Maine. The Maine AAP has been an active contributor to the work of the MOAC.

Visit the Maine Obesity Advisory Council's Website!

Measures for Children at High Risk for Obesity. The new resource includes a decision tree that walks researchers and practitioners through a series of questions regarding whether to develop, adapt, or apply an instrument for obesity measures in high-risk populations. The decision tree also provides five real-world case scenarios that describe the rationale for choosing one of the three measurement approaches.


USDA site focused on healthy eating and active living

Maine Outdoor Coalition

Winter Kids

Healthy People (2020 and 2030) Outlines the US Department of Health future priorities


Obesity Medicine Certification & Education

Let's Go! Provider Training Opportunities

LetsGoLearning.Thinkific.com - Current on-demand virtual trainings - variety of training opportunities to practice teams and the community

Screening for Beverage Consumption in Early Childhood Using Electronic Health Records: Implementation Toolkit for Health Care Systems

January 2023

The documents, Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Obesity, and an executive summary are available at https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2022-060640 and https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2022-060641. They will be published in the February issue of Pediatrics along with two technical reports: Appraisal of Clinical Care Practices for Child Obesity Treatment. Part I: Interventions (https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/doi/10.1542/peds.2022-060642/190447) and Part II: Comorbidities (https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/doi/10.1542/peds.2022-060643/190446).

CPG Algorithm for Screening, Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity

Obesity Treatment & Approach in the Primary Care Office

Capacity Considerations for Obesity Evaluation and Treatment

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Obesity

Clinical Flow: Assessment and Evaluation

CDC Extended BMI Growth Charts - 2022

Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Overweight & Obesity: Coding Quick Reference Card

Summary Consensus Recommendations

Summary Key Action Statements (KAS)

5-2-1-0 Let's Go!

Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program implemented throughout Maine and in a few communities in neighboring states. We partner with schools, child care and out-of-school programs, healthcare practices and community organizations to change environments where children and families live, learn work and play.