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Obesity and Weight Management

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American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Obesity and Weight Management

CE Courses

The AANP CE Center offers a wide variety of continuing education (CE) activities for nurse practitioners (NPs). Members get more, including access to many free activities and significantly discounted rates on others. The activities are updated frequently, and many obesity-related options are currently available.

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JAANP Resource Center

Find evidence-based articles, up-to-date guidelines and other resources about obesity, weight management and nutrition at this resource center, brought to you by the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP).

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NP Tools and Resources

AANP-developed Resources to Support NPs in Treating Your Patients

Medications for Type 2 Diabetes

This helpful tool was developed as part of the comprehensive Clinical Advantage Bootcamp: Type 2 Diabetes Management Certificate for Nurse Practitioners CE program. Pharmacologic options for Type 2 diabetes continues to expand. Busy NPs need to stay up to date about the various drug classifications, doses, indications and side effects of the many Type 2 diabetes medications. This is an exciting time for diabetes management with many of the pharmacologic options providing more than one treatment benefit. This all-inclusive resource provides need to know information about non-insulin antihyperglycemic medications, insulin and glucagon.

This tool is supported by independent medical educational grants from Mylan Inc., a Viatris Company, & Novo Nordisk Inc.

The NP’s Guide to Helping Patients Reach Lipid Targets

This practical handout for the NP includes helpful information about the evaluation of patients with lipid abnormalities, risk assessment and treatment decision-making, and strategies for mitigating and managing side effects of statins. Resources are provided for managing the cost of medications.

Supported by an educational grant from Novartis.

Obesity Management Fundamentals: Essential Clinical Tools

This booklet provides essential information for clinicians managing patients who are overweight or diagnosed with obesity. It covers topics such as conducting a complete adiposity history, eating and meal plans, weight-related complications and anti-obesity medications. It also provides the Binge Eating Disorder Screener-7 (BEDS-7), a description of physical assessment tools for use in clinical practice and a list of weight-promoting medications and alternatives.

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AANP developed and produced this tool with the support of an educational grant from Novo Nordisk, Inc. Updated in collaboration with OMA - April 2024.

The NP’s Guide to the New Nomenclature for NAFLD

This practical and informational handout for the NP provides an overview of the new nomenclature for what was formerly called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and the spectrum of steatotic liver diseases (SLD). Learn about SLD risk stratification and the five cardiometabolic risk factors for metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD).

This program is supported by independent medical educational grants from Madrigal Pharmaceuticals & Novo Nordisk Inc.

Primary Care MASLD Toolkit

This resource-rich tool for the NP will guide you through screening and diagnosis of metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD), while providing a background of the pathophysiology, epidemiology and new nomenclature. Useful resources are provided that will assist you with patient education and management.

This program is supported by independent medical educational grants from Madrigal Pharmaceuticals & Novo Nordisk Inc.

AANP Community

Engage, Learn, Network and Progress Practice in Obesity and Weight Management

The Obesity Specialty Practice Group (SPG) offers a unique opportunity to interactively collaborate with colleagues who share interest or clinical expertise in obesity. As an SPG member, you’ll have access to a cutting-edge, online forum where you can engage in discussions, document sharing and knowledge exchange with fellow NPs. Come learn, share and help progress the development of theory and practice in obesity.

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External Resources

Conveniently Curated Information From Other Top Sources

There are many resources available for both patients and providers and we have listed some of them below for your convenience. Inclusion of these links does not imply AANP endorsement.