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ECU Joins National Effort for Childhood Obesity Care

ECU’s Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center is participating in a national effort to accelerate improvement in care delivered to overweight or at risk for overweight children.

The center has responded to nationwide search begun by the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, to identify the most innovative and promising programs that address childhood obesity. The ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center submitted its Pediatric Healthy Weight Clinics and the KIDPOWER Medical Nutrition Therapy program (supported by the Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation). Both programs can contribute to the search for best practices in systematic and clinical improvement initiatives dealing with childhood obesity.

Pitt County Memorial Hospital also submitted two applications, one for the children’s weight management programs at the ViQuest Center, and the other for their granted-funded Pediatric Healthy Weight Case Management Program.

Information about all five programs will be included in either materials or poster sessions at the National Health Care Congress on Childhood Obesity, scheduled for Sept. 20 in Washington, D.C. At that event, the latest innovations, recommendations and best practices in health care practice and policy will be discussed in detail. Following the Congress, NICHQ will institute a Web-based learning network to share effective strategies and materials.

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This page originally appeared in the Sept. 1, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at