It’s no secret that childhood obesity rates have been on the rise in recent years. In the United States, one in every five kids is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This excess weight puts children at risk for a number of health problems, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and joint problems.
Fortunately, there are steps that parents can take to help their children achieve a healthy weight. One of those steps is using an electronic health record (EHR) tool.
An EHR tool is a secure, online platform that allows parents to track their child’s health information. This information can include height, weight, and body mass index (BMI).
Parents can use an EHR tool to set and track weight-loss goals for their children. They can also use the tool to monitor their child’s progress and receive reminders about appointments and healthy lifestyle choices.
Some EHR tools even have features that allow children to track their own progress and see how their choices are affecting their weight. This can be a powerful motivator for kids to make healthy choices.
If you’re concerned about your child’s weight, talk to your child’s doctor about using an EHR tool. It’s a simple step that can make a big difference in your child’s health.
According to new research, an electronic health record (EHR) tool can help children achieve a healthy weight. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that the EHR tool was associated with a reduction in BMI (body mass index) in children ages 2-18 years old.
The EHR tool, called the “Pediatric Obesity Toolkit,” is a web-based application that helps primary care providers identify and manage overweight and obese patients. It includes tools for assessing a child’s BMI, calculating energy requirements, and providing counseling and education on weight management.
The study found that, after one year, children who used the tool had a significant reduction in BMI, compared to those who did not use the tool. In addition, the tool was associated with improvements in diet and physical activity.
“This study provides strong evidence that the use of an EHR tool can help children achieve a healthy weight,” said lead author Dr. Michael D. Sanzen, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “The toolkit is a valuable resource for primary care providers who are working to prevent and treat childhood obesity.”