Experts Develop Online CME Course on Childhood Obesity

Conducting an assessment of the Centers for Obesity Research and Education workshops

In February 2003, staff from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health formed a 14-member panel of experts to identify and review innovative continuing medical education (CME) programs on overweight and obesity.

Subsequently, they developed an online CME course on pediatric overweight that reflected best practices recommended by the panel.

Key Results

  • Project staff offered the course online through August 2006 on the Web site of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care.
  • By the end of the grant on January 31, 2005, three doctors and 40 other health professionals (mainly registered and practical nurses) had completed the CME program; 24 additional health professionals were taking the course at that time. Participants who completed evaluations gave the course high marks.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided a grant of $295,434 from February 2003 through January 2005 to fund the project.

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