Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit

For Rural Communities

Read examples of obesity prevention initiatives and strategies for educators, health providers and policy makers of rural communities.

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Recognizing the importance of healthy eating, physical activity, and positive emotional health in children can be challenging to articulate to your patients and parents. Here's some informative tools and training resources to help.

Healthy Eating Handouts & Resources

Browse our educational resources to help you educate parents on how kids can eat healty.

Tools from Nemours Health & Prevention Services (NHPS)


Training Resources

From the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at University of North Carolina
From the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Physical Activity Handouts & Resources

Educate parents on how to prevent childhood obesity as well as provide physical activity recommendations for children.

Tools from Nemours Health & Prevention Services (NHPS)


Training Resources

From Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at University of North Carolina
From the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Emotional Wellness Handouts & Resources

Here are some articles and helpful websites to learn more about the importance of a child's emotional well-being to his or her overall health.


Social Development in Children

  • Bright Futures: a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children's health needs in the context of family and community.
  • Devereux Early Childhood Initiative (DECI): The mission of the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative (DECI) is to create working partnerships among early childhood educators, mental health professionals, and families to promote young children's social and emotional development, foster resilience, and build the skills for school success.

Importance of Positive Relationships

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program): Training for Individual Practitioners: The Triple P System is supported by an evidence-based training program with a multi-disciplinary focus that assists professionals’ worldwide working with families across a range of service delivery modalities.


Emotional Competence

  • Delaware’s B.E.S.T. (Bringing Evidence-based System of Care and Treatment) for Young Children and Their Families — Early childhood mental health consultation aims to build the capacity and improve the ability of staff, families, programs, and systems to promote positive relationships and social emotional skills as well as to prevent, identify, treat, and reduce the impact of mental health problems among children from ages 2 - 5 and their families.
  • Primary Care Toolkit: Practical Resources for the Integrated Behavioral Care Provider: For mental health professionals working in primary care settings, this guide provides advice and information on collaboration care.
  • Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Training for Individual Practitioners: The Triple P System is supported by an evidence-based training program with a multi-disciplinary focus that assists professionals’ worldwide working with families across a range of service delivery modalities.

Self-Control and Regulation in Children & Teens


Health Communication Resources