What to Say Healthcare

Discussing weight and food in pediatric settings

“What to Say Healthcare” offers pediatric healthcare professionals the latest evidence-based strategies for fostering  constructive conversations about weight, BMI, and food relationships with children and their families.

What to Say Healthcare is approved for 2.0 enduring material AAFP Prescribed credits.

The program addresses critical topics such as weight stigma, adolescent body image issues,  disordered eating and eating disorders. Across four engaging modules, you’ll participate in short videos with Q&A sessions with leading experts, discussing real-life concerns related to weight in pediatric care. Each module includes built-in work time, enabling you to develop your own customized dot/smart phrases and action plans.

Learning objectives

  •  Understand Weight Stigma: Explore the origins and impact of weight stigma in healthcare settings and learn strategies to mitigate its effect. 
  • Navigate Conversations about Body Image: Gain tools to discuss body image positively and constructively with children and their families. 
  • Address Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders: Learn to recognize signs of disordered eating and how to approach these sensitive topics with care and expertise.  
  • Build Supportive Pediatric Environments: Develop personalized communication strategies and action plans to promote positive relationships with food and body image.  


Activity Details

Released On
January 8, 2024

Media Type


Completion Time

2 hours


Pediatrics, Family Practice


Pediatrics, Eating disorders, weight stigma

Activity Outline

Module 1: Why & Guiding Philosophy

An introduction to the foundational concepts of What to Say Healthcare, delving into the evidence that supports its significance and effectiveness. Following, healthcare professionals will engage with comprehensive insights on the widespread occurrence of eating disorders and disordered eating patterns, understand the various risk elements with these conditions, and discover the critical role they can assume in fostering a healthy body image and constructive relationship with food among children.

  • 20-minute lecture divided into three parts
  • A video summary sheet
  • A quiz
  • A list of related resources and research
  • An email template for providers to share WTS HC with colleagues and clinics

Module 2: Addressing Provider Concerns 

Module 2 aims to equip providers with the necessary skills to discuss food and weight-related issues concerning pediatric patients in a manner that avoids stigma and promotes a supportive and understanding healthcare environment. Providers will learn best practices for discussing such concerns with patients and their parents.

  • A 29-minute panel discussion
  • A video summary sheet
  • A quiz
  • A list of related resources and research
  • A Q&A reference sheet
  • A list of example dot/smart phrases providers may use for such conversations with patients

Module 3: Addressing Parent Concerns 

Module 3 is designed to guide providers in effectively addressing concerns related to food and weight that parents may have about their children, ensuring these sensitive topics are handled with care. Providers will be introduced to best practices for effectively addressing and managing concerns that parents may bring to them about their children’s eating habits or weight, fostering a constructive and sensitive dialogue.

  • A 23-minute panel discussion divided into four parts
  • A video summary sheet
  • A quiz
  • A list of related resources and research
  • A Q&A quick reference sheet
  • A list of example dot/smart phrases providers may use for such conversations with patients.

Module 4: Weight Stigma 

This module addresses weight stigma, providing insights into its manifestation in healthcare settings and examining its detrimental effects on patient health and treatment outcomes.

  • A 37-minute interview-style discussion divided into two parts
  • A video summary sheet
  • A quiz
  • A list of related resources and research

Accreditation & Registration Fee Details

The AAFP (American Academy of Family Practitioners) has reviewed What to Say Healthcare, and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 12/01/2023 to 12/01/2024. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

What to Say Healthcare is approved for 2.0 enduring material AAFP elective credits.

This course is free but a suggested donation of $80 is requested upon completion of the course if you found the content valuable. WithAll is a fully donor-funded nonprofit working to prevent eating disorders and support eating disorder recovery. Your donation helps us maintain this course and provide other educational resources to adult role-models to kids.


Katie Loth, PhD, MPH, RD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota

Laura Hooper, PhD, MS, RD, NIMH Eating Disorders T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences | Medical School, University of Minnesota

Lesley Williams, M.D., Family Physician, Mayo Clinic, Arizona

Lisa Radzak, Executive Director, WithAll

Instructions for Participation and Credit

To receive a certificate of participation, participants must:

  1. Follow instructions to register or log in. We recommend taking the course on a computer instead of a mobile device.
  2. View the online activity in its entirety, including completing the comprehension quizzes.
  3. Complete and submit a short online post-assessment and evaluation. 

A certificate of participation will be emailed to the email address provided immediately following your successful completion of the post-assessment and evaluation.

For questions regarding CME credit, contact WithAll at hello@withall.org. 


About WithAll

WithAll empowers adults with the tools they need to help children and young people foster a positive body image and relationship with food. As a 501(c)(3) organization serving a national audience, we also provide grants for intensive treatment to those recovering from eating disorders. In partnership with donors and businesses, we’re on a mission to change cultural perspectives on health related to body and food, one step at a time. 

  A special thank you to the

Grove Health Dental, McVay Family Foundation

& Paddock Family Foundation for making

What to Say Healthcare possible.

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THE PLEDGE: I believe that words matter. I want to make a positive impact on the kids in my life by stopping harmful diet and weight talk. I am committed to making sure that every child gets a chance to develop healthy relationships with food and body.


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Shannon assists with the logistics of development and operations and making every day run as smoothly as possible. Her day-to-day focuses on our Recovery Support Program, budget management, events, and administrative support. She enjoys being part of the nonprofit world and finding ways to help enhance the organization. She has a heart for serving others and helping people succeed.

Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health & Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Walden University.

Outside of work, you can find Shannon chasing her two girls around, attending sporting events and finding the next brewery or winery to explore.

Lindsay leads our operations, programming, fundraising, and communications to better fulfill our mission. She enjoys engaging with our supporters and stakeholders to build stronger connections to our work. Outside the office, you can find her planning her next trip, exploring the Twin Cities, or reading her book club’s latest pick.

With ten years of experience in nonprofit and foundation administration, Lindsay is a creative project manager working to strengthen all our operations. She loves being a part of a team deeply dedicated to discovering innovative and effective strategies to end eating disorders and is excited to invite others into this important work. Efficient and collaborative, she executes activity across all operations, including fundraising, events, communications, and programming. Lindsay has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, and a fundraising certificate from the University of St. Thomas. She and her family live in Richfield, MN.

As Executive Director, Lisa leads WithAll’s strategic growth as a sustainable social enterprise dedicated to the prevention of and healing from eating disorders.

Lisa has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs, community relations, and law, and nearly 15 years of experience in non-profit leadership, most recently at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. She is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a member of the Minnesota Bar, and a Minnesota Supreme Court appointee to Minnesota’s Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. She volunteers with her daughter’s school and with youth sports.

Lisa does this work because she knows eating disorders are not a choice; they are deadly, and they are everywhere. She also knows kids are not born with harmful thoughts and actions around food or their body—and it’s our job as adults to keep it this way so they can focus their precious brains and time on things that matter.

Lisa finds laughter, all children, and the numerous variations of sparkling water to be delightful.