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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

S. Jo Gibson


Childhood, obesity, overweight, prevention, guidelines


Problem: The correct diagnosis of overweight and obesity is the first step when managing the obesity epidemic. Unfortunately, healthcare providers (HCPs) are not using consistent, evidence based practice (EBP) methods to diagnose and educate children and families about healthy lifestyle habits.
Purpose: This project implemented clinic-wide changes that utilized EBP guidelines to educate about healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Methods: A rural Midwest primary care clinic implemented an obesity prevention toolkit to deliver consistent health messages about healthy eating and physical activity. Elements of the toolkit were documented for well child visits and acute visits and entered into the electronic medical record (EMR).
Results: By the end of the project, documentation of education about healthy eating and physical activity improved from 5% to 92.5%.
Conclusions: Implementing an evidenced-based toolkit improved HCPs documentation of promoting healthy lifestyle habits that may influence the childhood obesity epidemic.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Obesity in children -- Prevention
Rural health services
Health promotion


Includes bibliographical references (pages 60-69)



Number of Pages



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