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Pediatric Pre-Work Learning Objectives

Note:  Because these are pilot sessions and the materials are currently under development and review, some of these objectives may change without notice.
Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Obesity (Pediatric MNT):
  1. Define BMI percentile, height for age, weight for age, and sexual maturity ratings and identify their indications for use in the anthropometric assessment of a toddler, child, and adolescent.
  2. Identify and utilize evidence-based or best practice recommendations for screening tools used to assess overweight and obesity in the pediatric population.
  3. Utilize the current recommendations to treat toddlers, children, and adolescents who are “at risk for overweight” and have “overweight and obesity.”

Counseling and Behavior Management:

  1. Recognize the elements of the clinical assessment for children and adolescents.

  2. Describe family issues involved in the treatment of children and adolescents.

  3. Recognize the key components of behavioral weight management for children and adolescents.

Role of Physical Activity (Assessment and Treatment):

  1. Identify appropriate and reliable physical activity assessment tools for pediatric patients and their families.
    • Assess and evaluate the physical activity level of clients, as compared to physical activity public health guidelines considering their age, gender, physical capacity and special needs.
  2. Identify physiologic and metabolic factors that limit physical activity in pediatric patients who have overweight or obesity.
    • Identify potential biochemical, anthropometric, behavioral and fitness outcomes related to increased physical activity in patients with overweight or obesity.
  3. Utilize evidence-based recommendations and/or protocols for physical activity in the treatment of the pediatric patient who has overweight obesity.
    • Implement a physical activity plan appropriate for age, gender and developmental stage tailored to the individual needs of a pediatric patient with overweight or obesity
  4. Recognize when a referral to an appropriate health professional of physical activity is warranted.​​​​​​​

Programs and Resources with Implications for Pediatric Overweight and Obesity (WIC, School Nutrition, Programs):

  1. Describe the role School Nutrition Programs can play to enhance efforts to reduce the incidence of pediatric obesity.
  2. Describe the role WIC has played to decrease the incidence of Pediatric Obesity.
  3. List 3 emerging strategies used in the School Nutrition Program to increase participation.
  4. Describe the changes in meal patterns in schools that have gone into effect since the passage of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.
  5. Describe the RDN’s role in working with Wellness Policies in schools. 
  6. Use the smart snacks calculator to determine if a snack qualifies to be sold to students during the school day.

Prevention of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity:

  1. Identify evidence-based programs and best practices focused on parenting and family lifestyle interventions that may prevent the development of overweight and obesity in the pediatric and adult populations.
  2. Adapt evidence-based programs and best practices focused on parenting and family lifestyle interventions that may prevent the development of overweight and obesity in the pediatric and adult populations (including early identification of overweight and obesity risk factors in the pediatric population).
  3. Promote evidence-based programs and best practices that may prevent the development of overweight and obesity in the pediatric and adult populations.