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We offer a number of resources for professionals engaged in obesity-related work.

The Medical Nutrition Therapy Protocol, updated regularly, provides an outline for a series of medical nutrition therapy visits as well as many handouts and tools to use when counseling overweight and obese youth.

Other resources that provide obesity-related statistics, tools and information are provided below.

North Carolina Public Health Nutritionist Directory -- issued December 2014

Eat Smart Move More North Carolina, a statewide initiative that promotes increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating through environmental and policy changes, offers a variety of useful tools for health professionals and links to statewide data, such as:

  • North Carolina's Plan to Address Obesity: Healthy Weight and Healthy Communities, 2013-2020. This five-year state plan offers overarching goals and measurable objectives for anyone working in the area of overweight and obesity prevention. The plan is designed to help organizations and individuals address overweight and obesity in their community and begin to create policies and environments supportive of healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Pediatric Clinical Obesity Tools A collection of clinical tools to address childhood obesity including a Pediatric Obesity Clinician Reference Guide, color-coded BMI charts, blood pressure tables, and prescription pads for prescribing simple health messages for families.
  • Reports and Fact Sheets A collection of national and state fact sheets and reports made available on the Eat Smart Move More website. 
  • Eat Smart, Move More Resources and Tools Includes a variety of tools, resources and guides for community-based action for improved nutrition and increase physical activity.

Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program (CHAMP) CHAMP is coordinated by the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics and measures the health characteristics of children and youth in North Carolina. Includes body weight, nutrition and physical activity. The CHAMP telephone survey asks an adult surveyed for the BRFSS to report on a child in their household.

North Carolina Nutrition and Physical Activity Surveillance System (NC-NPASS) NC-NPASS data provide indicators of nutritional status such as overweight, underweight and anemia. NC-NPASS reports may not be representative of the population as a whole since it is comprised of data collected on children seen in NC Public Health sponsored Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and child health clinics and some school-based health centers.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Includes data on physical activity, nutrition, overweight (self-reported heights and weights) and tobacco use among middle school and high school students. Only state-wide estimates are available.

School Programs and Tools Includes an interactive CD for teens, Energizers for middle and elementary schools, recommended standards for healthy eating and physical activity, healthy school fundraising and other tools.


ECU Healthy Weight Plate with Healthy Choices - Handout developed by the ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center that illustrates healthy food choices on a divided plate.

Backpack Buddies (PDF file) Handout developed by the ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research & Treatment Center that provides nutritional guidance for donations to food pantries and/or weekend backpack programs for children.

10 Tips to Help Your Child and Teen Achieve a Healthy Weight (PDF file)Handout developed by the ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research & Treatment Center

Other resources can be found at our Links page.