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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Thomas E. Stenvig


pediatric obesity, pediatric overweight, BMI screening, toolkit, DNP innovation project


Background: The childhood overweight and obesity epidemic continues to escalate in America. The future implications of early childhood overweight and obesity warrant early intervention by health care providers in the primary care setting. BMI screening for age and gender starting at the age of two is recommended by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and the American Academy of Pediatrics to be completed on every child at every visit. This paper summarizes a practice innovation project for the completion of a Doctor of Nurse Practice degree, on whether the availability of a pediatric weight and BMI screening kit increases the BMI screening rates by health care providers in a clinic in rural South Dakota.
Methods: A literature review was completed to analyze current research. A toolkit was compiled, using the NICHQ’s Jump Up & Go toolkit information. A four-week pre-intervention data collection was completed, and the healthcare providers were then educated on the use and pieces of the toolkit. After the education, a second four-week data collection was completed and the rates of BMI screening were compiled and analyzed.
Statistical analysis was completed using a two-sample t-test and found that providing the toolkit to the providers made a significant change in screening rates.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Medical screening -- South Dakota
Children -- Health and hygiene
Obesity in children
Health status indicators
Body mass index
Body weight


Includes bibliographical references (page 47-53)



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