Pediatric Weight Control: Lifestyle Intervention (Nutrition in Medicine)

This online interactive ‘Pediatric Weight Control: Lifestyle Intervention’ module from the ‘Nutrition in Medicine’ curriculum, geared to teaching medical students, introduces how to assess for targets for change; dietary, physical activity and sedentary patterns. An algorithm to determine if and what type of intervention is introduced which uses multiple factors including BMI; medical behavior and attitudes to determine if a prevention or staged treatment approach should be used. The interventions that are are applied in the clinical setting staged are the Stage I Prevention Plus protocol and the Stage II Structured Weight Management Protocol. The module describes treatment recommendations for diet and physical activity for each stage. There is an instructive interactive modification activity where the learner has to make specific recommendations for a patient. There is a quiz with 2 MCQs that are case vignettes with multiple detailed responses to select from; answer explanations and results can be saved, printed and reviewed by the learner. There are printable ‘pocket notes’ at the end summarizing the main takeaways. This online module takes about 30 minutes to complete, is very interactive and consequently easy to complete. This material could be easily integrated as preparatory coursework for practicing primary care prevention counseling techniques or supplementing curricula in lifestyle medicine or a nutrition curriculum for students early in their pre-clinical years. The Nutrition in Medicine (NIM) medical student curriculum in an evidence-based resource with a comprehensive; interactive online curriculum, each course is meant to be brief and narrow in focus and additional material can be found in other modules. The NIM modules are all available at no cost however, you must create a login as detailed below: Follow these steps to access: 1. Click on the button ‘Continue to Courses’ 2. The click on the link ‘register’ at bottom in the center. 3. Once logged, in click on the link ‘view course listings’. 4. Then select the courses listed below and click start course.– Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, NCEAS

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Chapel Hill, NC

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Level of Learner Assessment:

Knowledge Acquisition (MCQ, IRAT, GRAT)