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Release date: January 22, 2015
Expiration date: May 31, 2019


Children and teens see and respond to stress within their families and also experience their own stress. Stress can contribute to weight gain in children and teenagers, and recent studies indicate that kids under constant stress are more likely to become obese.

The Strong4Life Provider Program is presenting a live streaming webcast on stress and wellness. This in-depth discussion will cover a range of topics from identifying common stressors in teens and children and how stress can impact a child’s appetite, food choice and weight. The webcast also will cover assessment screening tools and how to help kids manage their stress levels with healthier behaviors. Speakers include Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Sheethal Reddy, Ph.D., and Kevin Colton, M.D. Registered attendees will be able to ask questions remotely during the webcast. Continuing medical education (CME) credit is available for physicians.


Stephanie Walsh, M.D.

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 board certified in Pediatrics and Obesity Medicine. She leads the clinical efforts of the Strong4Life program and is medical director of the Strong4Life clinic.

Sheethal Reddy, Ph.D.

Psychologist, Strong4Life Clinic

Sheethal Reddy, PhD is a clinical psychologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and adjunct faculty at Emory University School of Medicine. Clinical interests include obesity, eating disorders, and adolescent mental health. She currently provides treatment for children and adolescents at the Strong4Life clinic.

Kevin Colton, M.D.

Dr. Kevin Colton received his M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine and completed his Pediatric Residency there as well. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He has been practicing with Children's Medical Group since 2001. Dr. Colton has also served as an advisor for Kids Health First and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He is affiliated with Emory School of Medicine and teaches both resident physicians and medical students.


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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.


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Julius Sherwinter, M.D. - Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.- receives honorarium


  1. Recognize the relationship between weight and stress
  2. Identify and screen for signs and symptoms of stress in children
  3. Implement strategies to promote stress management and healthy habits children


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


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This activity is designed to be completed within one hour. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online. To receive AMA PRA Category 1 credit™, you must receive a minimum score of 75% on the post-test. Physicians should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. Follow these steps to earn CME/CE credit*

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Pre-Activity Survey

1. Chronic stress can lead to:

A. Hypersecretion of insulin
B. Chronically high stress hormones
C. Increase in lean body mass
D. Contribute to an increase in body fat

2. Which of the following are behavioral components of the stress response?

A. Stress/emotional eating
B. Difficulty concentrating
C. Poor sleep habits
D. All of the above

3. Which of the following is NOT a practical and effective way to assess perceived stress in children and adolescents?

A. The provider should determine presence of stress during a brief interview with the patient.
B. Test cortisol levels
C. Use a screening tool intended to measure patient’s perceived stress levels.
D. Use behavioral information provided by parent to gauge the level of stress the patient is under.

4. Your patient is a 13 year-old girl who just started her second year in middle school. Her mom reports that the patient is anxious about her school work, particularly around test taking time. This patient is physically inactive and spends most of her time studying. What strategy would you use to address these issues with the family?

A. Recommend that mom allow a later bed time so that her daughter has more time to study and do homework.
B. Recommend that mom promote study breaks that incorporate physical activity.
C. Recommend that mom provide her daughter with her favorite snack during study time.
D. All of the above.

5. Which of the following is one healthy stress management strategy for children and adolescents?

A. Watching television
B. Encouraging later bed times
C. Recommending caregivers provide children with comfort foods.
D. Releasing stress through deep breathing or physical activity.

6. I am confident in my ability to recognize the relationship between weight and stress.
7. I am confident in my ability to identify and screen for signs and symptoms of stress in pediatric patients.
8. I am confident in my ability to promote healthy stress management strategies for pediatric patients.
9. Have you participated in a Strong4Life Provider Training in Motivational Interviewing?
10. Have you participated in any other Strong4Life Webcast?
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12. Do you consider yourself to be Hispanic, Latino, or of Spanish origin?
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14. Years since medical school completed:
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15. How did you hear about the stress webcast?
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