The Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime program combines more than 10 years of proven, successful nutrition and obesity-prevention education into one great program. The Ohio AAP’s obesity-prevention work began in 2007, with Ounce of Prevention, a toolkit that addressed the growing epidemic of childhood obesity that was used nationwide. the Ohio AAP launched the Pound of Cure Learning Collaborative in 2012 utilizing the toolkit and other strategies to address overweight and obese patient populations.
Ounce of Prevention and Pound of Cure were combined into the new Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime (PMP) program in 2014, which is now in Wave 4. PMP currently offers programming in multiple formats that offers 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.
The first three waves (1: 2014; 2: 2015; 3: 2016) of the program included 109 physicians across Ohio, with records reviewed for over 8,000 children birth to five years of age. The data showed:
- 98% increase in classifying a child’s weight status
- 31% increase in classifying a child’s blood pressure category
- 31% increase in reviewing and documenting obesity centric family history
- 36% increase in provider discussion of nutrition
- 54% increase in provider discussion of physical activity
What’s Happening in 2017
2017 Regional Trainings: The trainings, being offered across the state in early 2017, provide an innovative, sustainable approach to building healthy habits among birth to five year-olds. Gain knowledge in prevention counseling strategies, risk assessment skills, and communications with families about childhood obesity and the importance of early intervention. Click here to register!
Practice Resources: The program offers a wealth of resources for providers, including parent handouts for program participants to distribute to families, webinars for physicians and other healthcare providers, and counseling materials.
Mobile App: Trusted parenting advice right at your fingertips! Developed in consultation with physicians, pediatric experts and dietitians, the app is designed to provide parents and caregivers with easy access to trusted, age-appropriate advice outside of their doctor’s office for children ages birth to 5 years. Download: Apple App Store & Google Play.
The Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime program is funded by the Ohio Department of Health.