Childhood Obesity

NASN Resources

National Association of School Nurses. (2013). Overweight and obesity in youth in schools - The role of the school nurse (Position Statement).  Silver Spring, MD: Author.

School Nurse Childhood Obesity Toolkit (SCOT)
An educational program that can be purchased as a print resource. SCOT provides the framework and resources that identify the role of the school nurse in the intervention and management of overweight and obese youth.

Helping Administer to the Needs of the Student with Diabetes in School (H.A.N.D.S.SM)
This program can be hosted as an in-person, continuing education, full-day program or completed online. It equips the school nurse with current diabetes knowledge, and provide tools and resources to facilitate effective diabetes management for students at school.  It is presented by a school nurse with a specific interest in diabetes and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Diabetes in Children web page on this website.

School Wellness web page on this website.   

Other Resources

Disclaimer: The links below have been identified by NASN as Internet resources that might be of interest to you. NASN does not intend to make any representations about the content on the linked web sites, nor does NASN intend to endorse any products associated or featured on any of those web sites.

Action for Healthy Kids®
This organization addresses childhood obesity, undernourishment, and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. 

Alliance for a Healthier Generation
This organization works to address childhood obesity by reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity and empowering children nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Expert Committee Recommendations Regarding the Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity: Summary Report
Assessment and treatment of children with elevated BMI, medical risks, and unhealthy eating and physical activity habits, and suggested weight control interventions for those with excess weight.

Council on School Health, Committee on Nutrition (2015). Snacks sweetened beverages, added sugars and school. Policy Statement.   Pediatrics, 135(3), 575-583. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-390. 

American Heart Association

Voices for Healthy Kids
This initiative works to ensure that the places where children live, learn, and play make it easy and enjoyable for them to eat healthy foods and be active.

High Blood Pressure in Children
The American Heart Association recommends that all children have yearly blood pressure measurements.

Policy Position Statement on Body Mass Index (BMI) Surveillance and Assessment in Schools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Healthy Schools
This web page includes a variety or resources and tools including Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child; a collaborative approach to learning and health.

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
This resource includes guidelines and presentation materials.

Body Mass Index
This tool includes calculators and other information.

Reducing Sodium in Children's Diets

Center for Science in the Public Interest
This organization is a strong advocate for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science.

F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013
A report from Trust for America's Health about the state of overweight and obesity for adults and children in the United States.  

Fuel Up to Play 60
This in-school nutrition and physical activity program founded by National Dairy Council® and the National Football League is based on a mutual commitment to the health of the next generation. 

Let's Move! Active Schools
This initiative is in collaboration with the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative.  It empowers you to amplify your impact among students and throughout your school by focusing on five key areas: physical education; physical activity during school; physical activity before and after school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement.

Obesity in America
A public awareness campaign from PublicHealth.org. It includes a short animated video.

Together Counts TM Program 
This program was started by The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation.  The program has resources for your school in English and Spanish and tools for home school educators.

We Can!®
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.

The Weight of the Nation
This multipronged project includes a series of four documentary films, a three-part HBO Family series, 14 bonus short films, a social media campaign, a companion book, and a nationwide community-based outreach campaign. 

Page last updated October 2015.