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J Pediatr Nurs. 2008 Feb;23(1):58-64. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2007.11.006.

Proper Exercise and Nutrition kit: use of obesity screening and assessment tools with underserved populations.

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  • 1Division of Continuing Education, Washburn University, Topeka, KS 66614, USA. mkopp@cox.net


Additional efforts are needed to assist public health, school, and clinic-based pediatric nurses in identifying the prevalence of obesity among Kansas Medicaid-eligible children, 21 years or younger. A Proper Exercise and Nutrition (PEN) tool kit was mailed to 500 public health nurses who performed KAN Be Healthy (KBH) assessments. KBH nurses were provided an expanded training curriculum on growth, nutrition, and obesity along with appropriate screening tools. Nurses were surveyed about their current assessment practices and general knowledge of obese clients. After the PEN tool kit distribution, nurses reported an increased use of screening tools and standardized referral parameters. This program intervention was successful in changing nursing practice, resulting in evidence-based understanding of obesity screening and assessment.

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