The Growing Prevalence and Cost of Obesity
A chronic disease of epidemic proportions, obesity affects two of every three patients treated by PAs and puts these patients at higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and many other conditions. A person’s body weight is often impacted by their genetic predisposition, gender, socioeconomic status, and access to nutritious food and places to stay physically active. PAs treat patients across all practice settings and communities and are in a strong position to help address the obesity crisis.
A Movement Toward Resolving Obesity in Our Time
AAPA and the PA Foundation continually commit substantial resources to resolving obesity in communities across the nation. Obesity is one of four National Health Priorities targeted as part of a national movement for healthier bodies and minds. Together with industry, health system, and community partners, we are giving PAs the knowledge and the tools needed to make a difference.
CME – Continuing Medical Education
This course reviews pathophysiologic mechanisms by which excess adiposity causes obesity-related complications, as well as the most common comorbidities and complications associated with obesity.
Participants will learn about the multiple determinants of the development of obesity and gain a better understanding of its complex pathophysiology and impact on organ function.
An obesity-specific history and head-to-toe physical exam will be reviewed in detail, as well as appropriate laboratory evaluations.
Programs & Events
Physical activity is key to maintaining health and well-being. Getting active can improve fitness and reduce stress, reduce risk for many chronic diseases, and ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. Youth sports can help kids and teens get active and develop leadership, time management, and relationship-building skills.
The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) have collaborated with the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) to create a certificate program for PAs and NPs in the primary care setting who would like to develop expertise in treating patients affected by obesity.
Tools & Resources
Together, We Are Building a Movement
This National Health Priority Toolkit was developed in partnership with:
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