New Continuing Education Courses from Western Schools Teach Nurses Latest Methods for Prevention, Assessment and Treatment of Adult and Childhood Obesity

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Childhood Obesity Course Addresses Influence of Parents, Media, Marketing as Unique Factors

Western Schools is a leader in continuing education in the healthcare field, offering in-depth, peer-reviewed courses in nursing and behavioral health.

Treating obese children calls for a specific understanding of the negative persuasions to eat unhealthy foods directed at them and knowledge of whom and what motivates kids to make better choices.

Western Schools, a leading accredited provider of healthcare continuing education, has released two new courses that provide nurses with the most up-to-date assessment and treatment techniques for the growing number of children and adult patients struggling with obesity. More than 33 percent of U.S. adults 20 years old and older are obese, while more than 16 percent of U.S. children and adolescents 2 to 19 years old are obese .

“More and more often, today’s nurse is faced with assessing, counseling and treating obese patients and the related medical risks. An even more recent and concerning development is the growing number of children who are at risk for obesity or already severely overweight,” said Amy B. Bernard, MS, BSN, RN-BC and director of continuing education at Western Schools. “Treating obese children calls for a specific understanding of the negative persuasions to eat unhealthy foods directed at them and knowledge of whom and what motivates kids to make better choices.”

The two new courses, “Childhood Obesity” and “Helping the Obese Patient Find Success” offer a variety of in-depth strategies to help nurses treat obese patients of all ages and include a vast number of tip lists, tables and charts that can serve as valuable patient treatment tools. Both courses address the causes of obesity and the associated health risks in the respective demographic, and provide a variety of specific methods for behavioral and dietary modification as treatment measures.

Western Schools’ “Childhood Obesity” course examines many distinctive factors in assessing and treating obese and overweight children. One of the most unique considerations for children is the influence media and marketing has on their eating habits. Parent behavior also impacts children’s food decisions both positively and negatively, yet parents are in a unique position to influence their children’s health because they have direct control over the food and activities available at home. The course also emphasizes the nurse’s roll in early identification of childhood obesity using body mass index (BMI) measurements and updated growth charts relevant to today’s kids. An extensive list of national and state awareness programs devoted to healthy eating and activity for kids is included in the course as well.

Helping the Obese Patient Find Success” includes information on pharmacotherapy and surgical options specifically for adult patients. It also highlights the emotional links to obesity and provides nurses with tips on effectively communicating with patients. The relationship between diet and energy intake is a major focus of the course.

“Childhood Obesity”, 1st Edition, is authored by Bonnie A. Spear, PhD, RD. “Helping the Obese Patient Find Success”, 1st Edition, is authored by Wayne C. Miller PhD. Each course provides 20 contact hours of continuing education and is available to order or download at http://www.westernschools.com.

Western Schools is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

Western schools offers more than 2,000 contact hours of high quality course content spanning 25 different nursing specialties. Every course is developed by an expert team of educators, healthcare professional and content experts. After development, each course is put through a rigorous review process to ensure the material will enhance the nurse’s job performance, improve practice outcomes and maintain their licensing requirements. As an ANCC-accredited organization, Western Schools’ courses are accepted for re-licensure by state licensing boards with mandatory continuing education requirements.

About Western Schools
Western Schools is a leader in continuing education in the healthcare field, offering in-depth, peer-reviewed courses in nursing and behavioral health. Through our process of quality development and rigorous review, Western Schools offers healthcare professionals the highest quality, convenient, and affordable courses needed to fulfill their re-licensure, certification, and other professional education needs. As a nationally accredited continuing education provider, Western Schools offers more than 2,300 continuing education hours across more than 40 specialties in nursing and behavioral health. Since its founding in 1978, Western Schools has served more than 1 million practitioners through its commitment to the growth and lifelong learning of healthcare professionals. For more information about Western Schools visit http://www.westernschools.com

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