Addressing Overweight and Obesity: An Integrated Health Perspective

Addressing Overweight and Obesity: An Integrated Health Perspective 

Obesity is common, serious, and costly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 2015), 70.4% of Americans are overweight or obese. Obesity can affect any person from young children to older adults, and there are many causes, including over-eating, physical inactivity, genetics, hormones, and the environment. People with certain behavioral health conditions may also be at a higher risk of weight problems than the general population. Increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions is associated with obesity, including behavioral health conditions and an increased risk of death. In this course, you will study evidence-based strategies and approaches to identify, prevent, minimize, and reverse overweight and obesity. You also will learn how to apply these strategies by engaging and collaborating with individuals to develop realistic goals and interventions. The primary aim is to educate you on the need to identify and manage weight problems using an integrated approach. This course is designed for clinical and medical staff in community health and primary care settings, as well as primary care and behavioral health practitioners who work with individuals who are at risk for becoming overweight and obese.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 Match)

California Board of Registered Nursing

1.25 HOURS

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing


DC-RN -- District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CE Provider #50-290).

Nurses will receive 1.20 contact hours for participating in this course.

Florida Board of Nursing


Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

American Nurses Credentialing Center

1.25 HOURS

In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Georgia Board of Nursing

1.25 HOURS

Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PI-0-P2
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Identify the prevalence of obesity in the general population and the behavioral health population.
Determine the contributing factors for overweight and obesity in persons with behavioral health problems.
Assess for overweight and obesity in adults and children.
Apply evidence-based strategies to assist individuals in preventing, minimizing, or reversing weight gain.
Describe an integrated approach to addressing overweight and obesity.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Overview of Obesity A. Food for Thought B. Obesity is a Complex, Multifactorial Problem C. Obesity and Health Disparities D. Emotional Eating and the Mind-Body Interaction E. Disordered Eating F. Obesity and Mental Health Disorders G. Contributing Factors H. Meet Mary I. A Likely Conversation J. Continuing the Conversation K. The Need for an Integrated Approach L. Mary in Context M. Summary Section 3: Identifying and Managing Overweight and Obesity A. Treatment Guidelines B. BMI Recommendation Changes C. AHA/ACC/TOS Obesity Guidelines D. Chronic Disease Management Model (Part I) E. Body Mass Index F. Adult BMI Ranges and Waist Circumference G. Children and Teens H. BMI Practice I. BMI and Self-Awareness J. Comprehensive Medication Review K. Medication Challenges L. Monitoring when on Atypical Antipsychotics M. Let’s Practice N. Addressing Medication Challenges O. Intensive Weight Loss Options P. The Need for an Integrated Approach Q. Case Study: Sally R. Documentation S. Summary Section 4: Personalized Care and Motivational Counseling A. Collaborating to Set and Reach Goals B. The Five "A"s C. Motivational Interviewing D. OARS E. Meet Jose F. The Importance Ruler G. The Confidence Ruler H. Let’s Practice: Remember Mary I. Other Behavioral Approaches J. Shaping K. Small Steps L. Mindful and Mindless Eating M. An Integrated Approach N. Obesity in Persons with Serious Mental Illness O. Special Considerations P. Meet Diane Q. Summary Section 5: Intensive Interventions and Long-Term Management A. The Chronic Disease Management Model (Part 2) B. An Integrated Approach C. Documentation D. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations! C. Course Contributors D. Resources E. References

Instructor: Betty Vreeland MSN, APN.C, PMHCNS-BC, ANP-BC, RYT
Betty Vreeland MSN, APN.C, PMHCNS-BC, ANP-BC, RYT, MB-EAT is a dually board certified Advanced Practice Nurse in Adult Health and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. Ms. Vreeland has over 30 years of nursing experience working in a variety of behavioral health, primary care, and community settings. Betty’s specialty area is integrating physical and behavioral health with an emphasis on obesity and weight management in the behavioral health population. She has served as a member of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA’s) Wellness Campaign Steering Committee and on the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) workgroup on diet/exercise and psychiatric disorders and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors’ (NASMHPD) Expert Panel on Obesity in Persons with Severe Mental Illness. Betty has published over a dozen articles and book chapters in her specialty area and co-authored two manualized psychoeducational wellness programs, one of which is in SAMHSA’s Registry of Evidenced Based Practices and Programs. In addition, Betty is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) and received additional education as an instructor in Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB:EAT). She has extensive experience in training, consultation, and in curriculum design and development. Disclosure: Betty Vreeland MSN, APN.C, PMHCNS-BC, ANP-BC, RYT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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