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AMA Efforts Related to Obesity

AMA Healthier Life Steps®

This toolkit addresses the four key health behaviors of: healthy eating, physical activity, smoking cessation, and reduction of risky drinking.

Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity: A Primer for Physicians

The AMA collaborated with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to produce a series of online publications entitled "Roadmaps for Clinical Practice – Case Studies in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion”. Roadmaps help physicians and other health professionals integrate disease prevention and health promotion into routine clinical care.

The Obesity Epidemic:
Strategies in Reducing Cardiometabolic Risk

Clinical Courier, November 2007

Journal supplement
American Journal of Medicine, April 2009

Educating Physicians on Controversies & Challenges in Health (EPoCH)

The AMA has produced a series of short educational videos for physicians.  Each EPoCH is approximately 8 minutes long.  CME is available.  Relevant topics include:

  • Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
  • Motivating Patients to Change Behavior
  • Connecting Patients to Community Resources
  • Paying Attention to Preventing Cardiovascular Disease among Racial and Ethnic Minorities
  • Addressing Language Barriers between Physician and Patient: What are the Optimal Strategies?
  • Health Care Disparities

CPT Assistant

This guide provides coding information for routine adult lifestyle screening, early intervention, and motivational interviewing.

Advocacy Resource Center

Find out how the AMA is involved in creating healthier environments to better support individual healthy behavior choices.

Healthy Lifestyles e-letter

Current news and research related to healthy lifestyles are compiled in a monthly e-newsletter produced by the AMA.  To subscribe, please send an e-mail to healthierlifesteps@ama-assn.org

Childhood Obesity

"Let’s Move!" Campaign

The AMA is pleased to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to fight childhood obesity. 

AMA Policies and Guidelines regarding Childhood Obesity

National Summit on Obesity

Leaders in the field of preventive health, pediatrics, family practice, nutrition, and more convened at the AMA to develop a set of strategies to help physicians more effectively work with their patients and the community to reduce overweight and obesity and to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in childhood obesity.