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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 15 Contact Hours
Author(s): Judi Daniels, PhD, APRN
Peer Reviewer(s): Allyson M. Palombaro, MSN
Item#: N1759
Contents: 1 Course Book (170 pages)
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Childhood Obesity, 2nd Edition

Price $45.95
Item # N1759
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Release Date: August 24, 2018

Expiration Date: August 31, 2021

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. A variety of factors, including family eating habits, biological issues related to weight regulation, genetic predisposition, excessive dietary intake, low levels of physical activity, and sociocultural and environmental influences all contribute to the condition.

This course assists nurses in understanding the complexities of the prevention and assessment of childhood obesity and provides interventions across the pediatric age span for application in the clinical arena.

Families must be at the center of assessment and intervention when considering the treatment of childhood obesity. Family relationships and their role in obesity, as well as the role of media and marketing, are examined. New recommendations for the prevention, assessment, and treatment of childhood obesity are addressed, including behavioral counseling to help motivate patients and families to make changes.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the scope and effects of childhood obesity, including contributing factors, and the challenges faced by healthcare providers in their efforts to promote prevention and early treatment.
  • Discuss childhood overweight and obesity conditions, including pathophysiological changes, the assessment process, and immediate as well as longer-term health consequences.
  • Discuss the prenatal period and infant nutrition as the cornerstone of prevention of childhood obesity.
  • Discuss recommended nutrition for toddlers, factors associated with overweight and obesity, and appropriate nursing interventions to help parents promote healthy eating with toddlers.
  • Discuss nutritional recommendations for preschoolers and the challenges in meeting nutritional needs and establishing healthy eating behaviors for preschoolers.
  • Discuss the nutritional needs, developmental influences, and issues that affect weight parameters in children aged 6 to 11 years, along with the nurse’s role in supporting healthy nutrition for children in this age group.
  • Discuss nutrition recommendations and developmental influences that affect the promotion of healthy eating behaviors in adolescents.
  • Assist parents in choosing an evidence-based weight loss strategy for children aged 2 to 18 years.
  • Identify medical conditions that increase the risk of childhood obesity and future directions in
    addressing and treating childhood obesity.

Judi Daniels, PhD, APRN, completed her master of science in nursing/family nurse practitioner program at Michigan State University and earned a PhD in nursing at the University of Kentucky in 2004. Throughout her nursing career, she has had a variety of clinical experiences. She is dual board certified in family medicine and pediatrics and is on the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Her interest in obesity across the age span began in 2000 when she became aware of the growing problem in her clinical practice. Since that time, she has published on the topic, has presented at several state conferences, and has chaired doctoral projects on child and adult obesity. She was recognized in 2014 as an outstanding nurse educator for the state of Kentucky.

Allyson M. Palombaro, MSN, is a pediatric nurse practitioner with the Pediatric Neurology Division of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Batson Children’s Hospital, in Jackson, Mississippi. She also works per diem as a pediatric nurse practitioner with the Pediatric Ambulatory Division in the after-hours clinic and is a graduate instructor for the dual primary/acute care pediatric nurse practitioner program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She received her certificate of nursing in 2005 from Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, in Cleveland, Ohio, and her master of science in pediatric nursing from Kent State University School of Nursing in Kent, Ohio, in 2009. Ms. Palombaro has worked extensively in the areas of pediatric neurology and pediatric epilepsy, managing acute, subacute, and chronic care for pediatric patients and providing multidisciplinary care with other pediatric disciplines. Her training in nutritional therapies as treatments for neurological disorders and her passion for holistic care of children have led her to incorporate obesity screening, management, education, and referrals into her everyday practice for prevention of future chronic diseases and to help the mental and physical well-being of all her patients.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.