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Change Talk: Childhood Obesity

Jan 16, 2015

Change Talk: Childhood Obesity is a role-play simulation where you take the role of a healthcare provider and engage in a practice conversation with a virtual mother and her child. Through the conversation, you learn to apply Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques to help them identify motivation for change, supporting them to implement changes in their diet, screen time, and exercise.

Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based and patient-centered method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change health behaviors. Numerous studies show that health providers can use MI as a counseling technique to collaborate with patients to explore their feelings of ambivalence about change and then guide them in setting goals and developing a plan. Rather than just telling patients what’s wrong or what they should change; it’s instead about listening to what they feel is important and helping them find their own motivation for change.

Change Talk: Childhood Obesity was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Kognito and is designed for many types of healthcare providers, including pediatricians, nurses, family physicians, and nutritionists.


  • Learn Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques to better communicate with patients and motivate behavior change
  • Learn by engaging in an interactive conversation with a 3D mother and her child, -while receiving personalized feedback from a virtual coach
  • A pocket guide of MI techniques for quick reference whenever you want to refresh your skills


  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • The AAP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • This activity is acceptable for a maximum of 0.50 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit from organizations accredited by ACCME. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 0.50 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.
  • This program is accredited for 0.50 NAPNAP CE contact hours of which 0 contain pharmacology (Rx) content, (0 related to psychopharmacology), per the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Continuing Education Guidelines.

To be eligible for CEU credits, you must successfully complete the entire module. At the end of the module, you will be provided with a link to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ website where you will need to complete a survey and provide your information in order to receive the CEU certificate.

To download for iOS: ChangeTalk iOs

To download for Android: ChangeTalk Android

To download for Windows: ChangeTalk Windows

To view online: ChangeTalk web