School of Medicine and Health Sciences Poster Presentations

Title

A Population Based Obesity Pediatrics Initiative in Washington, DC: Resource Directory

Document Type

Poster

Abstract Category

Obesity

Keywords

Childhood Obesity, Washington DC, Community Resources, Directory, Physical Activity

Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2019

Abstract

Childhood obesity has been on the rise for the past four decades, and data suggests that the prevalence of childhood obesity among 2- to19-year-olds is around 17-19% in the United States (Segal, Rayburn, & Beck, 2017). Numerous negative health outcomes arise in childhood and subsequent adulthood due to obesity, which is largely a preventable condition. A Population Based Obesity Pediatrics Initiative in Washington, DC aims to develop and implement a clinical-community based intervention to address the issue of childhood obesity specifically in Wards 7 and 8 in DC. The goal is to treat children beyond the clinic, integrating community resources already available within the city. The portion of the project presented here involves the creation of a directory that houses information about the obesity-fighting resources available to children from birth to 18-years-old who have obesity and their families with a focus on physical activity. Online research databases were used to access relevant background literature. Google Search, government websites, and community organization websites were used to find the community resources. Community and council meetings took place within the city or through the WebEx conference call application. The overall project would like to see a reduction in the participants’ BMI over the course of the intervention and a sustained weight loss through follow up. The outcomes for the Resource Directory portion of the project include a completed directory including all available physical activity resources for children who have obesity in DC (specifically in Wards 7 and 8). All necessary information that will allow parents to easily choose a resource based on their needs and capabilities should be included. This can be measured by presenting the directory to a cohort of parents and requesting feedback on ease of use, quality of information, quantity of information available. By the end of the timeline of the Resource Directory portion of the project, 25 specific physical activity programs (which include hundreds of sports teams and classes) and 7 physical activity educational programs were discovered. Not all details were acquired, and as such the directory should continue to be updated. Once the directory is suitable for presentation, it can be provided to parents for feedback and adjusted as needed. A final version of the directory will be used as part of the intervention, A Population Based Obesity Pediatrics Initiative in Washington, DC and updated as necessary.

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A Population Based Obesity Pediatrics Initiative in Washington, DC: Resource Directory

Childhood obesity has been on the rise for the past four decades, and data suggests that the prevalence of childhood obesity among 2- to19-year-olds is around 17-19% in the United States (Segal, Rayburn, & Beck, 2017). Numerous negative health outcomes arise in childhood and subsequent adulthood due to obesity, which is largely a preventable condition. A Population Based Obesity Pediatrics Initiative in Washington, DC aims to develop and implement a clinical-community based intervention to address the issue of childhood obesity specifically in Wards 7 and 8 in DC. The goal is to treat children beyond the clinic, integrating community resources already available within the city. The portion of the project presented here involves the creation of a directory that houses information about the obesity-fighting resources available to children from birth to 18-years-old who have obesity and their families with a focus on physical activity. Online research databases were used to access relevant background literature. Google Search, government websites, and community organization websites were used to find the community resources. Community and council meetings took place within the city or through the WebEx conference call application. The overall project would like to see a reduction in the participants’ BMI over the course of the intervention and a sustained weight loss through follow up. The outcomes for the Resource Directory portion of the project include a completed directory including all available physical activity resources for children who have obesity in DC (specifically in Wards 7 and 8). All necessary information that will allow parents to easily choose a resource based on their needs and capabilities should be included. This can be measured by presenting the directory to a cohort of parents and requesting feedback on ease of use, quality of information, quantity of information available. By the end of the timeline of the Resource Directory portion of the project, 25 specific physical activity programs (which include hundreds of sports teams and classes) and 7 physical activity educational programs were discovered. Not all details were acquired, and as such the directory should continue to be updated. Once the directory is suitable for presentation, it can be provided to parents for feedback and adjusted as needed. A final version of the directory will be used as part of the intervention, A Population Based Obesity Pediatrics Initiative in Washington, DC and updated as necessary.