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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
Author(s): Judi Daniels, PhD, APRN
Peer Reviewer(s): Allyson M. Palombaro, MSN
Item#: N1965
Contents: 1 Course Book (84 pages)
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Childhood Obesity: Health Effects and Approaches to Treatment, 2nd Edition

Price $27.95
Item # N1965
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Release Date: November 20, 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, and sociocultural and environmental influences all contribute to the condition. Obesity negatively affects both physical and mental health and can significantly reduce quality of life. This course provides nurses with a comprehensive overview of the scope and effects of childhood obesity. Assessments for obesity, resulting pathologic conditions, and evidence-based approaches to combat obesity are reviewed. Challenges faced by clinicians when promoting prevention strategies are also discussed.


This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1759 Childhood Obesity, 2nd Edition.

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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.