Primary Care Solutions Reducing Childhood Obesity in Colorado—Fit Family Challenge

Childhood obesity continues to be a challenge in Colorado, specifically in rural and underserved populations. As a result, family physicians across the state developed the Fit Family Challenge (FFC) to integrate childhood obesity guidelines and implement a primary care office-based intervention into clinical settings across Colorado.

The FFC program encourages children ages 6-12 who have a body mass index in the 85th or higher percentile to participate in the program. The program helps with goal setting by utilizing the child’s primary physician, arranging monthly meetings with parents and family members, and collecting weekly goals and other data. FFC also provides training and support for practice providers on how to screen for childhood obesity and patient-centered counseling.

Since the program’s launch, family physician leaders of the FFC have developed a clinical guide, facilitator and family guides for group visits and used technology specifically designed to screen kids for lifestyle habits. Across Colorado, 14 primary care clinics have enrolled in the program and 150 children have engaged in the challenge. A grant has been submitted to further expand this initiative.