​Welcome to the Conversations About Care Podcast!​​​​

​​The Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, in partnership with Bright Futures, has created a pilot podcast ​series called Conversations About Care. The focus of the series is to highlig​ht pragma​​tic and lively conversations between health care providers. Host Sandy Hassink, MD, FAAP ​dialogs with guests ​about important themes in practice associated with healthy childhood weight and related​ practical strategies and resources to support patient-centered care within the changing landscape of medicine and social norm​​s.*

​​​​​​​Episode 8 - New Food Nutrition Labels *NEW*

In this episode Dr. Hassink is joined by Tamara Hannon, MD, FAAP who is a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a practicing Endocrinologist at Riley Children's Hospital. Dr. Hannon is also a member of the Committee  on Nutrition. In this discussion they talk about the updated nutrition food labels and how pediatricians can talk about these new changes with families to help inform healthier food choices.
(Released: November 2020) [Coming Soon ]


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Episode 7 - Physical Activity

In this episode Dr. Hassink is joined by Blaise A. ​Nemeth, MD, MS who is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a non-operative pediatric orthopedics and pediatric obesity expert. Dr. Nemeth is also the lead author of the AAP policy titled “Physical Activity Assessment and Counseling in Pediatric Clinical Settings". In this discussion they talk about various strategies for encouraging physical activity in patients while remaining sensitive to their unique needs and concerns.
(Released: August 2020) [Transcription ]

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Episode 6 – Patient Rete​ntion​​ 

In this conversation Dr. Hassink is joined by Joseph A. Skelton, MD, MS for a discussion on patient retention strategies for obesity care. Dr. Skelton has a wealth of experience as a Professor of Pediatrics, and of Epidemiology and Prevention, at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He also serves as Director of Brenner FIT® program, and as Associate Director of the Program in Community Engagement.

(Released: August 2020) [Tra​nscription]​​​

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​Episode 5 – Cultural Considerations for Obesity Care​​ 

In this episode Dr. Hassink speaks with Ihuoma Eneli, MD, MS, FAAP who is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and a Director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital about the importance cultural considerations in clinical care. They discuss how medical care providers can create a culturally sensitive environment for meeting their patients' unique needs, and build a lasting and meaningful patient-physician relationship.​

(Released: July 2020) [Transcrip​tion]​​


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​Bonus Episode - Telehealth for Obesity Care  

In this bonus episode Dr. Hassink speaks with three colleagues about how obesity care is being adapted and delivered during these unprecedented times. The po​dcast will explore our guests' experiences and lessons learned as they adapt to delivering care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sarah Armstrong, MD, FAAP will start off by sharing her experiences implementing telehealth for the first time, Sarah Hampl, MD, FAAP share stories about how they have leveraged telehealth as part of obesity treatment previously​ and how they are leveraging it during COVID-19 and finally Victoria Rogers, MD, FAAP shares stories about some innovations and opportunities they have identified for obesity prevention and treatment.  ​

(Released: May 2020) [Transcription]

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​Episode 4 – Weight for Length 

In this conversation Dr. Hassink is joined by Jennifer Groos, MD, FAAP who is a lead physician for 5210 Health Care projects at United Way of Central Iowa and the Iowa Medical Society. ​Dr. Groos also serves as Lead Faculty for the Childhood Obesity in Primary Care quality improvement project. ​​They discuss the importance of Weight for Length (WFL), tracking WFL with regard to obesity, when to intervene, and more. ​

(Released: April 2020) [Transcription]


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Episode 3 – Sugary Drinks 

In this conversation Sandy is joined by Natalie Muth, MD, RDN, MPH, FAAP, a dual-board certified pediatrician, registered dietitian, obesity medicine physician and a lead author of the AAP policy titled "Public Policies to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption in Children and Adolescents"​. Dr. Muth is also the current Chair of the AAP Section on Obesity. Sandy and Natalie discuss current recommendations and strategies for addressing sugary drink consumption with families in a primary care setting. They also discuss national policy and advocacy recommendations that are on the horizon.

(Released: January 2020) [Trans​cription​]​​

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Episode 2 – Food Insecurity 

In this conversation Sandy is joined by Ryan Buchholz, MD, FAAP, a primary care pediatrician at the Upper Cardozo Health Center in Washington DC. Sandy and Ryan discuss food insecurity as a social determinant of health, and go over examples of what food insecurity may look like for different families. They also share ideas and challenges about screening tools, use of local and national resources, and hopes for the future. 

(Released: November 2019) [Transcription]

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Bonus Episode – 2019 NCE Innovations in Obesity Forum Highlights 

Victoria Rogers, MD, FAAP and Jennifer Groos, MD, FAAP meet to reflect on the 2019 Innovations in Obesity Prevention, Assessment and Treatment Forum at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition. 

(Released: November 2019) [Transcription]

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Episode 1 – Picky Eating

In this conversation with Chris Bolling, MD, FAAPa primary care pediatrician from Kentucky and Chair of the Section on Obesity, Sandy and Chris discuss their challenges and solutions to addressing picky eating with patients and families. Listen below! ​

(Released: September 2019)   [Transcription]       


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