Opportunities for Action: Exploring and Addressing Childhood Obesity

Part 1 examines the current childhood obesity epidemic. Beginning with defining characteristics, it follows the path that has led to the current crisis. The focus is on the trends, contributing factors, and risks associated with childhood obesity. Opportunities for action are also explored.

Part 2 familiarizes participants with evidence-based programs and best practices in preventing childhood obesity. 

**Instructions to access the course will be provided after you register.** 

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of Part 1, participants will be able to:

  • describe the national trends contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic;
  • list social determinants of health and risk factors related to childhood obesity;
  • explain the health consequences of childhood obesity;
  • identify strategies to address childhood obesity; and
  • describe policy and prevention efforts toward keeping kids healthy.

At the conclusion of Part 2, participants will be able to:

  • define three (3) types of obesity prevention interventions;
  • identify the three (3) categories of government priority policies for reducing childhood obesity;
  • describe the status of Region III’s efforts to meet state policies in three (3) areas: early childhood, schools, and communities; and
  • describe steps to apply a framework to prevent childhood obesity in early care and Education settings. 

Target Audience
This course is appropriate for public health practitioners with varying professional experiences and diverse educational backgrounds. 

Ranjita Misra, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the West Virginia University School of Public Health. Misra has an extensive history in health education and disease prevention. She possesses a strong background in obesity, diabetes, and community-based programs. Misra has been working with underserved and rural communities since 2000 and uses low-cost models (such as community health workers and health coaches) and community-based participatory approach to tailored culturally appropriate strategies in multi-ethnic populations. She has led multiple teams at the local, state, and national level on chronic disease prevention and management in community, faith-based, and clinical settings. 

Technology Requirements
A computer with high-speed internet connection is required.

Creation Date
This course was created in August 2020. 

For more information about this course or for assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.