Clinical Care Practices

Increase practices within health systems that support and model healthy behavior and behavior change.

Learn about the co-benefits of Clinical Care Practices below.


BMI Screening

Screen all age groups for healthy weight using body mass index (BMI), and have a system in place for intervention, referral, and education.

Patient Self-Management and Counseling

Provide patient self-management programs or plans, counseling, and supporting materials that help adults and children set goals and learn skills for healthy lifestyle changes.

Provider Education, Training, and Resources

Provide education, training, and supporting materials for primary care providers and their teams on obesity prevention, treatment, and management.

Team-Based Obesity Care

Implement team-based clinical care models for obesity prevention, treatment, and management.


Clinical Care Practices co-benefits include:

Health Care Cost Savings: Clinical care practices that help lower obesity can potentially reduce direct medical costs for providers from obesity-related medical conditions.

Quality of Care: Clinical practices such as team-based care, provider training, and patient self-management can potentially increase the quality and cost-effectiveness of that care.

Family Health: Care received by patients may also positively influence the health behaviors of family members.

Health Benefits: Clinical care practices for obesity prevention encourage physical activity. In addition to reducing obesity, an increase in physical activity can also reduce the risks of the following health related problems:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Breast cancer
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Colon cancer

Implementing clinical care strategies for obesity prevention and management may also have other positive health outcomes, including potential reductions in:

  • LDL or “bad” cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Heart attack and stroke