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Resources to Give NPs the Upper Hand in the Fight Against Obesity

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ObesityWeekSM continues to shed a light on the importance of caring for patients with obesity and weight-related health issues.

This year’s National Obesity Care Week was September 15 – 21, but the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) remains committed to developing clinically based education on obesity and improving access to affordable, comprehensive care.

In 2019, National Obesity Care Week saw 49 million media impressions, 150 legislative visits and 50 champion organizations taking part around the world. Together, champions advocated for improved treatment for individuals with obesity, for improved training and education for health care providers and to bring an end to weight bias in health care, employment, entertainment and education.

The work continues into this year’s ObesityWeekSM, presentedby The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Held this week in Las Vegas, ObesityWeek is an international scientific conference “focused on the basic science, clinical application, surgical intervention and prevention of obesity."

The conference features scientific sessions, continuing education (CE), policy and public health discussions, co-sponsored programming with associations and government agencies and industry-sponsored symposiums and networking events.

A Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), Susan Groth, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, presented her poster The Effect of Physical Activity on Postpartum Weight Retention 6 and 12 Months After Childbirth during the Physical (In)Activity poster session on Wednesday, November 6. She also contributed to the poster The Association of Serotonergic Pathway With Obesity and Disinhibited Eating in Black Adolescents, which was presented during the Eating Behavior poster session on Tuesday, November 5.

Obesity Resources From AANP

These courses on obesity and weight management are now available at the AANP CE Center, which has hundreds of activities that are free for AANP members to access.

  • Introductory Certificate of Obesity Management in Primary Care (Modules 1–7) – This seven-module course is designed to provide NPs with the most current, evidence-based information for the patient-centered management of obesity. Focusing on developing expertise and incorporating that knowledge into clinical practice, the course can help you work with patients to achieve and maintain optimal weight, reduce obesity-related complications and improve quality of life. Topics include patient evaluations, lifestyle interventions, pharmacologic treatment, bariatric surgery and much more. Once completed, you will receive an Introductory Certificate of Obesity Management in Primary Care from AANP.
  • Nutrition: The Function of Food and Its Role in Obesity Management – As an NP, it’s important that you are not only aware of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans but also how different diets and foods can impact the body. This course, which offers 1.25 contact hours of CE, will help you stay updated on new “fad” diets, explore the clinical evidence behind various diets and be able to explain weight loss and weight maintenance fundamentals to your patients.
  • Reducing Barriers to Treatment—Billing, Bias & Advocacy – When patients face stigmatization from their health care providers, it can lead to patients missing appointments and a lack of adequate care. Learn to recognize and stop weight bias in your practice with this course and gain 1.25 contact hours of CE. This course offers insight on how you can deliver health care with sensitivity and better advocate for the health of patients with obesity.

Visit AANP’s Obesity and Weight Management Therapeutic Area for additional information for your practice, including:

  • Pharmacological Clinician Resources – Explore various pharmacological agents, from Lorcaserin to Phentermine, that can have an affect on appetite, metabolism and energy.
  • Patient Education Tool — Developed by expert NPs to help you educate your patients who may be overweight or obese, the Let’s Talk: Weight & Your Well-being flipchart can be used to engage in visual teaching and encourage patients’ active participation in their weight management plan. There is also an accompanying patient handout that includes key highlights from the flipchart and dedicated space for the patient’s health plan information and medications.
  • Obesity Specialty Practice Group (SPG) – Consider joining the Obesity SPG, a community dedicated to weight management and the disease of obesity. As a member, you’ll have exclusive access to an online forum, where NPs within the field share insight, documents and important guidelines.