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 Mobile app available at Google Play and Apple iTunes stores

 This project was made possible in large part thanks to the groundbreaking work of the AAP Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS)

"Brief Motivational Interviewing to Reduce Child Body Mass Index" study (NIH Grant number: 5R01HL085400).


NEW! Change Talk Case Study



Since its launch, 26,200 pediatricians, pediatric residents, school health nurses, registered dietitians and many other providers have accessed the mobile or web versions of ChangeTalk. Click here to earn more about this novel approach, preliminary results and positive user experience!



  • Childhood Obesity in Primary Care Educational Modules: The Childhood Obesity in Primary Care (COPC) project aimed to improve the quality of pediatric primary care by facilitating a comprehensive assessment of obesity-relevant health risk, including growth, behavioral, and medical risks. As part of the COPC project, educational modules were developed, with input and guidance from the Section on Obesity, to assist primary care providers in addressing childhood overweight and obesity.  Topics include: 1) a detailed overview of the obesity issue, 2) a discussion of relevant quality improvement concepts, 3) guidance for using an algorithm resource, developed for use in primary care 4) tips for setting up your office for success, 5) managing and treating obesity comorbidities, and 6) motivational interviewing.

  • Algorithm for the Assessment and Management of Childhood Obesity in Primary Care: This new algorithm, based on the 2007 Expert Committee Recommendations and informed by the most recent research and consensus statements, was specifically developed to  assist primary care providers in assessing and managing healthy habits and weight status for patients ≥2 years of age.  The algorithm outlines assessments relevant to all children. In addition, because research shows that children with a Body Mass Index (BMI) > 85th percentile may have significant comorbidities, it operationalizes a "second look" for these patients, through a more in-depth family history, review of systems and physical exam. The algorithm helps guide the practitioner through assessments for each patient, offers advice on specific tests that may be warranted, and recommends a framework for planned follow up visits with patients and families.

  • Healthy Growth App: The Healthy Growth app creates custom handouts for parents on vital topics of healthy growth, nutrition, and physical activity for children 5 years of age and younger. Handouts are targeted to the patient and the particular topics and goals of greatest interest to the parent, from breastfeeding and solid foods to screen time and sleep.

  • Policy Opportunities Tool: The Policy Opportunities Tool is designed to showcase the various policy strategies that support healthy active living for children and families. This tool is designed for healthcare professionals who have experience in advocacy and are interested in focusing their advocacy efforts on obesity prevention.

  • HALF Implementation Guide: The Healthy Active Living for Families: Right From the Start (HALF) Implementation Guide is an online resource for pediatricians to enhance early obesity prevention at the point of care.