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Healthcare Work Group

The purpose of the Healthcare Work Group is to increase support for healthcare professionals and healthcare systems to promote physical activity and nutrition habits that prevent and control obesity and obesity-related chronic disease in Missouri children and adults. We aim to accomplish this purpose through the following strategies:

  1. Enhance prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity through improved healthcare professional knowledge, skills and practices.
  2. Sponsor an award annually to both a healthcare professional and pre-professional displaying outstanding advocacy work in the area of prevention or treatment of obesity.

For more information, see the Work Plan

News & Resources

8th Annual MOCAN Healthcare Professional Awards
Know a healthcare professional or healthcare professions student who promotes healthy eating and active living in their community? Please nominate them for the MOCAN award for Excellence in Connecting Health to the Community! The winner in each category will be recognized and share their work at a MOCAN meeting, be featured on a podcast, be the subject of a press release in their local community and receive a gift card! The application deadline has been extended to June 7, 2019. Please see the links below for the nomination forms.

Food insecurity resources for providers

New clinical practice guidelines for pediatric management of obesity

New clinical practice guideline for the treatment of obesity in adults
Released by The Obesity Society, American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, the report can be viewed and downloaded for free: 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS Guideline for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults

A summary of the recommendations can be found on pages 15-24 of the document.

CDC releases new resources for hospitals to create healthier environments
To support the creation of healthier hospital environments, CDC has released two new online resources for hospital administrators, nutritionists, human resources and employee health staff, and other interested supporters.

Healthcare Provider Tool Kits
Created by MOCAN Healthcare Work Group members to assist healthcare professionals in caring for patients with obesity. For more information, refer to the toolkits ad.

These tool kits are available to download from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website:

Want to know more about the Farm to Institution movement and understand what a Livable Street is?
See our healthcare professional tip sheets:

Need a community resource guide for your patients?
See our resource guide template to create a customizable resource guide for your practice.

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