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Promoting Healthy Families – Part 3

How Physicians Can Help Adult Patients Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Themselves and Their Children

Promoting Healthy Families Video + Monograph CME Series

CME Video Part 1 Initiating a Conversation about Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Choices for Adults and Their Children
CME Video Part 2 Understanding Backsliding (“Aversive Reactions”) as a Natural Part of the Process of Change
CME Monograph How Physicians Can Help Adult Patients Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Themselves and their Children

Accreditation Statement

The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, participants should be able to:
  1. Explain patients’ constructive and self-defeating motives for the pursuit and maintenance of healthy lifestyles;
  2. Describe relapse/backsliding (also termed aversive reactions), why it represents a positive sign in terms of patients’ efforts to make healthy lifestyle changes, and how to help patients stay motivated and optimistic during these common setbacks;
  3. Effectively approach all adult patients about issues related to weight management, and help them understand the long-term implications of a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle for themselves and the children in their lives; and
  4. Engage adult patients who are parents or caregivers in discussing and modeling the basics of the loving regulation approach to help children achieve the long-term goal of valuing their health and taking good care of their bodies.

Planning Committee

Jeanette Harmon, MBA, AMA CME Program Committee Cheryl Irmiter, PhD, LCSW, CADC, Senior Scientist, AMA Community Health & Aging Suzen Moeller, PhD, Senior Scientist, AMA Prevention & Healthy Lifestyles Amber L. Ryan, MEd, Research Associate, AMA Physician Health & Health Care Disparities Jessica Nitin Shah, MA, Research Assistant, AMA Prevention & Healthy Nishi Singhal, BS, Student Intern, AMA Prevention & Healthy Lifestyles Brooke Zeller, Marketing Manager, AMA Integrated Marketing [Back to top]

Principal Faculty

Carla Fick, PsyD, Director of Clinical Services, Smart Love Family Services Carolyn Friedman, MA, Executive Director, Smart Love Family Services Carol Johnson, LCSW, Director of Staff Development, Smart Love Family Services Sara Johnson, PhD, LCSW, Director of Training and Staff Development, Smart Love Family Services Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM, Assistant Professor, Departments of Public Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis Ilinka Novakovic, LCSW, Staff Therapist, Smart Love Family Services Martha Heineman Pieper, PhD, Psychotherapist and Author, Smart Love Family Services

Disclosure Statement

The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose for either the faculty or planners.


Downloadable PDF monograph and online post-test.

Method of Participation

To receive credit, the participant should read the monograph in its entirety and evaluate the content presented. The participant must complete the evaluation and get at least 9 out of 13 of the post-test questions correct.

Estimated Time to Complete

The monograph and post-test should take approximately one hour to complete.

Dates of Release and Expiration

Release Date: October 28, 2011

Expiration Date: October 28, 2014

Technical Requirements

  • A broadband internet connection
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 98 or later; Mac OS X
  • Web browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later; Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or later; Apple Safari
  • Adobe Reader (Available at:

Provider Contact Information

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