National and state estimates regarding the health impact of maternal and pediatric obesity are staggering. Maternal and pediatric obesity prevention and treatment research in Geisinger Health System involves the Janet Weis Children's Hospital, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, the Center for Clinical Innovations, the Obesity Institute, eHealth, Strategic Industry Partnerships, the Genomics Institute, the Environmental Health Institute and the Center for Health Research.
Our research focuses on the genetic, molecular, social and behavioral contributors to obesity, and supports our work with community and public health partners, schools and parents to prevent and reduce childhood obesity with a strong focus on the first 1,000 days of life beginning with conception. We are re-engineering care to improve screening, tailoring preventive counseling and using systems design to direct families to multi-disciplinary, treatment programs when indicated. We are training primary care providers and support staff to use motivational interviewing skills, utilizing tele-health, apps and electronic health records, and coordinating care between clinics and community agencies and schools to help families identify and act on solutions that make healthy, active choices easier.