Information for Clinicians
- Consistently deliver the 5-2-1-0 message
- Keep a list of good websites to give to patients. Have appropriate books and magazines available in your waiting rooms. Provide books, puzzles and activity sheets – especially for children – that help promote health eating and active living.
- Display educational posters and create a bulletin board for community partners to update.
- Know your community resources and refer patients to them. These will help support families once they leave you office.
- Use a team approach to patient care. Behavior change is a long-term process and involves other qualifies staff to help assure success.
- Frame your discussions to expand the patient/families perception of what healthy lifestyle changes they can make. Keep goals small, simple and concrete. Allow for personal choices. Selections a child enjoys will be more easily sustained.
- Have patients set specific behavioral goals and action plans and be sure to ask about these during the next visitor follow up contact.
- Encourage involvement and change for the whole family and all caregivers.