THE CHILDREN'S WEIGHT CLINIC TRAINING

The CWC can offer you and your organisation a comprehensive training programme on childhood obesity. Our training packages aim to give participants practical skills along with the most up to date evidence to enable them to engage in the management of childhood obesity. The packages can be tailored depending on your staff's needs, skill levels and experience. All allow inclusion of local policies and procedures.

We deliver our training to you at a place and time convenient to your staff and organisation. Our courses can range from 2 hours to 3 days depending on your needs.

Example - Introduction to Childhood Obesity and the Role of the Health Professional

A one day introduction to childhood obesity which aims to raise awareness of this issue among professionals. The course will cover diagnosis, causes, implications, evidence based interventions and bringing up the topic of weight with parents. All of course use a variety of learning methods and are very practical.

This training course is particularly relevant for school nurses, school doctors, health visitors, practice nurses, community nurses, GPs, as well as school teachers, nursery workers, social work staff, physical fitness instructors, voluntary organisations.

Introduction to the day
Defining childhood obesity
- BMI, BMI centile charts and relevance to ill health
- practical use of charts
Causes and consequences of childhood obesity
Treatment strategies and current evidence
- practical on energy balance
Looking at it from both sides
- the parents journey
- the child
- the health professional
LUNCH
The role of the professional
- raising the issue
Putting it into practice
- fun practical to facilitate reflection on issues raised

We have evaluated our training with participants undertaking CWC training from health, leisure/physical activity, education, and other, completing both pre and post training evaluations. Post training there were increases in the ability to diagnose childhood obesity with an increase in the skills in the use of BMI calculations and BMI charts. Knowledge of guidelines, confidence in treatment comprehension and awareness of treatment goals all increased. Confidence in the ability to discuss obesity issue with parents also increased.

These results were presented at both the Swedish Paediatric Obesity Congress (SPOC) and the International Congress on Obesity (ICO), Stockholm, Sweden in July 2010.

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