In the U.S, 30% of adults have obesity. Without significant intervention, it is estimated that 51% of the American adult population will have obesity by 2030.
Obesity plays a causal role in heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and certain cancers. Across the MaineHealth system, 71% (n = 65,605) of MaineHealth primary care patients have overweight and/or obesity, according to recent data from the electronic medical record, EPIC. Sixteen percent (n = 10,255) of those patients with overweight and/or obesity have also been diagnosed with diabetes.
Small Steps helps primary care providers care for adults by providing training around evidence-based next steps and how to support patients in managing and improving their health. This program advocates:
- Move More – it’s a great way to improve your health
- Eat Real – foods that come from nature give you energy
- Drink Water – it’s the best choice
- Rest Up – good sleep restores your body and mind
Small Steps asks primary care practices to:
- Deliver key messages using Small Steps posters in all exam rooms and waiting room
- Accurately measure weight and height, calculate BMI
- Engage in shared decision making using the Healthy Habits Questionnaire
- Utilize motivational interviewing to help patients set goals
- Develop and document a follow up plan for patients whose BMI is above the normal range