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Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Release date: October 6, 2014
Expiration date: October 3, 2019


Asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses in children. Recent research shows that obesity is associated with asthma severity and that weight status can help improve some of the clinical symptoms.

The Strong4Life Provider Program is presenting an enduring material on asthma and obesity. This in-depth discussion will cover a range of topics from identifying behaviors that contribute to obesity in asthmatic children and adolescents to implementing strategies. Speakers include Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Anne Fitzpatrick, PhD, CPNP, MSCR and Elizabeth LeDuc, M.D. Continuing medical education (CME) credit is available for physicians.


Stephanie Walsh, MD, Medical Director, Child Wellness Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Stephanie Walsh, MD is an assistant professor of pediatrics and surgery at Emory University. She is a board certified pediatrics and obesity medicine. She leads the clinical efforts of the Strong4Life program and is medical director of the Health4Life clinic.

Elizabeth LeDuc, MD
Dr. Elizabeth LeDuc was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Centre College of Kentucky and her M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her General Pediatrics Residency training was completed at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. LeDuc is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She has been practicing Pediatrics in the Atlanta area for over 20 years.

She is married with two daughters. Dr. LeDuc completed the Vancouver marathon in 2007, running in memory of her mother. Her growing interest in nutrition and its impact on health was a catalyst for the development of the Center for Pediatric Wellness, P.C.

Elizabeth M. LeDuc, M.D.
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics
Center for Pediatric Wellness, P.C.

Anne Fitzpatrick, PhD, CPNP, MSCR
Dr. Fitzpatrick is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a broad background in clinical and translational pediatric asthma research. Dr. Fitzpatrick currently holds two R01 awards focused on severe asthma in children and she is also the Principal Investigator of the NIH/NHLBI Severe Asthma Research Program and the NIH/NHLBI AsthmaNet Clinical Trials Network at Emory University. Dr. Fitzpatrick has over 50 publications in the asthma field focused on the clinical, molecular and genetic factors underlying asthma and its associated phenotypes.

Anne M. Fitzpatrick, PhD, CPNP, MSCR
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Asthma Clinical Research Program


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  5. Wood LG., Shivappa N., BerthonBS., Gibson PG., Herbert JR. Dietary inflammatory index is related to asthma risk, lung function and systemic inflammation in asthma. ClinExp Allergy 2014.
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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Children's designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The following speakers, planners or anyone who controls the content of the activity have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests:

The following planners and presenters who have control of the content have disclosed an affiliation or financial interest:
Anne Fitzpatrick, PhD, CPNP, MSCR, MedImmune, Merck, GlaxoSmith Kline, Genentech, Boehringer Ingelheim - receives honorarium
Julius Sherwinter, M.D. - Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - receives honorarium


  1. Recognize the relationship between weight and asthma.
  2. Identify behaviors/factors that contribute to weight gain in asthmatic children and adolescents.
  3. Implement strategies to encourage healthy habits in children with asthma.


Pediatricians, family practitioners, and other primary care physicians involved in the care of childhood obesity and asthma wellness.


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Pre-Activity Survey

1. Weight loss can improve ______ among obese asthmatic children/adolescent patients.

A) Static lung function
B) Asthma control
C) Both A & B
D) None of the above

2. Asthma symptoms can worsen in the presence of ______?

A) Inhalant allergens
B) Physical activity
C) Irritants
D) All of the above

3. It is not important to use a spacer for administering asthma medications in obese children/adolescent patients.

A) True
B) False

4. How can providers promote physical activity among asthmatic children and adolescents?

A) Counsel families on the benefits of physical activity for asthma control.
B) Recommend indoor physical activity during allergy season.
C) Encourage physical activity in school.
D) All of the above

5. Which of the following is an effective obesity prevention strategy for asthmatic children/adolescents?

A) Prescribing omega 3 fatty acids.
B) Limiting physical activity.
C) Promoting a high quality diet(vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins).
D) All of the above.

6. There is an important relationship between weight and asthma.
7. I am confident in my ability to identify behaviors/factors that contribute to weight gain in asthmatic children and adolescents.
8. I am confident in my ability to effectively counsel children/parents to promote healthy habits in children with asthma.
9. I will identify and treat overweight and obese patients with asthma, rather than refer.
10. Have you participated in a Strong4Life Provider Training in Motivational Interviewing?
11. Have you participated in any other Strong4Life Webcast?
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