MOC Part II – Obesity Prevention in Primary Care – Self-Assessment


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Step 1 - Review ABP Activity Profile

Sponsor(s): American Academy of Pediatrics – Ohio Chapter

Title: Obesity Prevention in Primary Care

Description: The Obesity Prevention in Primary Care self-assessment contains 50 questions that address childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is now recognized as a public health priority and primary prevention is a critical component of a sustainable solution. Pediatricians, as primary care health providers play a key role in prevention as a reliable source of health advice as well as experts in developmentally appropriate approaches to prevention. A critical window of opportunity exists through out the prenatal period into the first 5 years of life. This selection of articles support new research and strategies to enhance prevention efforts within the pediatric clinic setting. Healthy weights can be achieved by assisting families in health promotion by building a fundamental foundation of good nutrition and activity early in life.

Completion Criteria: Please allow for 2 to 3 hours to read the reference material and answer the questions. Once you begin the assessment, you have until the end of the calendar year to complete it, but are not required to complete it in one sitting. Please note: answers may not save when exiting an incomplete assessment; if concerned about ability to return, we recommend that you keep a list of the answers that your provided to enter later should your answers not save. You must answer all of the items AND answer 80% of them correctly in order to receive credit for this assessment.

Credit Assignment Criteria: Upon completion of the activity, you will be required to enter your American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Diplomate number*, state and birthdate (MM/DD). Your ABP Diplomate number can be found in your ABP online profile. If you are unable to locate this number, you may look it up by clicking here or please contact the American Board of Pediatrics [Telephone: (919) 929-0461, Business Hours: (8:30 am – 5:00 pm ET Monday – Friday), E-mail:].

  • You will be prompted to pay a $15 activity fee if you are non-Ohio AAP member.

*Please note that your American Academy of Pediatrics member ID number is not accepted for MOC Part II credit reporting.

Please allow up to 7 business days for MOC Part II and CME credit to be accessible in your ABP Diplomate Profile.

Your credit will be entered into the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), this system will transfer your credit into your ABP profile.

Resources: Reviewing the resources is a requirement to complete this assessment.To visit the resources and slides associated with this activity, click here.

Activity Contact: Elizabeth Dawson, Phone Number: 614-846-6258,

MOC Credit Approval Period:  6/1/2016 – 6/30/2019

MOC Type/Value: Part 2 – 20 Points

CME Available: Yes

Fee for Non-Ohio AAP Member: $15.

Speciality: Child Abuse Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, General Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Step 2 - Review Enduring CME Information

2015 MOC Part II Self-Assessment – Obesity Prevention in Primary Care

This course is designed to provide resources to pediatric practices to help counsel families of infants and young children (ages birth to 5 years) about good nutrition and positive parent-child interactions during mealtime and playtime to encourage their child’s development.  This Quality Improvement program provides tools for physicians to enhance prevention counseling strategies, become adept at assessing “risk,” and intervene at the earliest possible stage before a child is overweight.

Target Audience: The target audience is pediatric healthcare providers, the majority of whom are general pediatricians and subspecialty pediatric physicians.

Objectives: Following completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to:

  1. Define the provider’s role in obesity prevention based on the Expert Committee Recommendations endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  1. Identify the reason for and importance of screening for, assessing, and managing excessive weight trajectories starting from birth.
  1. Identify the Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime (PMP) strategies that will enhance your pediatric obesity prevention efforts.
  1. Describe the concepts that make PMP an effective way to build sound nutrition and activity foundations through developmentally appropriate parenting techniques.

Needs Assessment/Gap:

Many articles in medical literature discuss the need for prevention and management of obesity, however, obesity continues to be a leading health concern in pediatric care.

Since the 1970’s the number of overweight children in the U.S. steadily increased until after 2000.  Children with BMI >85% at ages 2–4.5 years are 5 times more likely to be overweight at age 12 years (Nader et al doi:10.1542/peds2005-2801 (Dec 2006).  According to the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health Data Resource Center (, from 1999-2006 a stable obesity rate of 33.3% occurred in children ages 10-17 with BMI at or > the 85th percentile despite national attention of the problem.

Evidence suggests that obesity-prevention measures need to be taken earlier, in infancy or even before birth.  According to the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, rates of obesity in children ages 2 to 5 have more than doubled since 1980, from 5.0% to 12.4%.  And once a child sets down the road to an unhealthy weight, it becomes increasingly difficult to change course.  This is what has been learned about obesity:

  • A child of normal weight at age 5 years who remains normal at age 10 years has only a 10% risk of being an obese adult,
  • A child who is obese at 5 years of age has a 50% risk of being an obese adult, and
  • A child obese at 10 years of age has an 80% risk of adult obesity.

Ohio is ranked as the fifth heaviest state in the nation, as nearly two-thirds of the state’s residents are overweight (38%) or obese (28%), according to the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Healthy Ohio.  The prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity has steadily increased over the past 30 years.  In Ohio, 1 in 3 (500,000) children are overweight or obese (Ohio Family Health Survey, 2008).

Of particular importance are children between the ages of 2-5 years old and 6-11 years old; these age groups have experienced an increase in prevalence of obesity of approximately 2.1% and 1.2%, respectively, in the past four years alone.

During the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) survey in 2006, the prevalence of obesity, as defined by a BMI >95th percentile was:

  • 4% for children 2-5 years old
  • 0% for children 6-11 years old
  • 6% for children 12-19 years old

Since less than 50% of pediatricians calculate BMI in their patients (Ohio Department of Health), educational interventions are necessary.  Periodic calculation of BMI results in early recognition of excessive weight gain relative to linear growth and leads to prevention of overweight children.

Physicians need to regularly monitor growth and provide anticipatory guidance related to parenting, eating, and physical activity in order to perform an important intervention in a child’s life.  Through the promotion of healthy eating habits, exercise and early identification of overweight problems, the physician can have a powerful impact on reducing obesity in childhood.

Accreditation Statement: 

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Ohio AAP designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 20 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

Faculty List:

Amy Sternstein, MD, FAAP
Coordinator, Ounce of Prevention
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Columbus, Ohio

Elizabeth Zmuda, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician, Department of Emergency Medicine
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Associate Professor of Clinical Skills
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Columbus, Ohio

Disclosure: It is the policy of the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CME content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review. All persons are also required to disclose any discussions of off label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Persons who refuse or fail to disclose are disqualified from participating in the CME activity. This information is used to plan future activities.

The following faculty have no financial relationships other than listed above with commercial interests relevant to the content of this activity:

  • Amy Sternstein, MD, FAAP
  • Elizabeth Zmuda, MD, FAAP

The CME staff, meeting planners, editorial staff, planning committee, and CME committee reviewers other than listed above do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Off-label Disclosure: This educational activity does not contain discussion of unlabeled and/or investigational uses of agents that are not approved by the FDA. Please consult the prescribing information for each product.

Medium & Education Instructions for Internet/On-Demand Learning:

Please allow for 5 to 7 hours to review the PowerPoint, read reference materials and answer the questions.

You must answer all of the items AND answer 80% correctly in order to receive credit for this assessment.

Dates of original release, most recent review or update, and termination date:  

  • Release Date: June 1, 2016
  • Expiration Date: May 31, 2019

Commercial Support Acknowledgement: There is no financial support to acknowledge for this activity.

CME Credit for this activity is available as a member benefit for individuals who are current members of the Ohio AAP. Individuals who are not current Ohio AAP Members will be asked to join the Chapter, or pay a $15 CME Administration Fee. Additional information will be provided on the confirmation page after completing this activity, as well as in the follow-up email that will be sent to you. 

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Step 3 - Review Self-Assessment Instructions

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You will have two chances to correctly answer each question. Please be aware that by clicking on the circle to the left of your desired response, you are submitting that response to be graded by the system. If you are not prepared to have your response to a particular question submitted to the system, do not select any of the answers.

If you fail to answer the question correctly on your first attempt, you will be given the link to the reference where additional information can be found on that particular question. Clicking on the link will open this resource in a new window/tab. When you are ready to provide your second response to the question, please select the “Retry” button, and then proceed to select the answer that you believe is correct.

Following a correct response or your second response to a question, whichever comes first, you will select the “Next” button to advance to the next question. You can review previous questions by selecting the “Previous” button, however you will be unable to modify your answer if you have already provided 2 responses to that particular question.

This activity consists of 50 questions; successful completion will result in earning 20 Points of ABP MOC Part II Credit.

Step 4 - Launch and Complete Assessment

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Please be advised that once you begin the quiz questions, you cannot save your progress. Do not close your browser, as your work will be lost.

If you do not achieve a score of 80% or higher, you have the option to re-test by going back to this page. Please feel free to send any questions/comments/concerns to Elizabeth Dawson.