During frequent early office visits with parents, pediatricians are in a unique position
to help curb childhood obesity.
The first 1,000 days of life is the focus of a new AAP portal, Building a Foundation
for Healthy Active Living: A Focus on Early Infant Feeding & Obesity Prevention, available
The foundation of a child’s health is set in utero and early infancy, when diet quality,
dining habits, activity and other patterns are formed. Pediatricians indicated in
a 2017 AAP Periodic Survey that they desire more evidence-informed resources on early
feeding practices and obesity prevention.
The portal offers 15 self-paced educational modules to support clinical care and anticipatory
guidance. Topics include proper nutrition, safe and supportive environment, and stable
and responsive relationships. The modules also offer continuing medical education
and Maintenance of Certification Part 2 credit. Motivational interviewing videos and
other clinician resources are accessible on the portal.
Pediatricians also can share multimedia that help teach families about healthy behaviors
to support growth and development as well as age-specific resources and health quiz
The portal was developed by the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, with development
support through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.