Worthy: Helping Children Be Their Healthiest Weight and Promoting Positive Body Image

Presenter(s): JoAnn Stevelos, MS, MPH

NASW-NYS Members: $20

NASW Other Chapter Members: $40

Non-Members: $50

This workshop is approved for 2.0 continuing education credit hour(s) for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists.



Workshop Description

Worthy: Helping Children Be Their Healthiest Weight is intended to help social workers reframe the obesity epidemic for caregivers, through the lens of kindness and hope. Caregivers’ need for support has reached a critical point, in caring for a child who is gaining too much weight, too fast. This presentation will provide real life solutions for preventing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and poor body image in children experiencing obesity.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Help caregivers determine a child’s healthiest weight during the obesity epidemic and Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Identify caregiver’s opportunities and barriers for promoting body positive conversations and environments for children.
  • Explain how promoting empathy, compassion, and kindness can relieve anxiety, fears, and shame when children are gaining too much weight too fast.
  • Determine practical key steps to help caregivers of children with obesity reframe the obesity epidemic through the lens of kindness, hope, and compassion.




This workshop is approved for 2.0 continuing education credit hour(s).

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).



JoAnn Stevelos, MS, MPH, has over twenty years’ experience in leadership roles, such as directing the NYS Center for Best Practices to Prevent Childhood Obesity, evaluating the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s childhood obesity prevention programs, and for the FLOTUS Let’s Move program. She has managed all aspects of complex health programs in the fields of public health, health science research, community development, and youth initiatives. She is currently a consultant for several children’s wellness program. JoAnn is trained in pediatric ethics, and is a researcher, public health specialist, program evaluator, and health writer. JoAnn holds an MS in Bioethics from Albany Medical College, an MPH from the State University of New York, and a BA from Columbia University in Liberal Arts. She has been quoted in the Guardian, Albany Times Union, Scholastic Magazine, and her work has been referenced on the Daily Show, CNN, and in several academic books. JoAnn’s writes a blog for Psychology Today, Children at the Table. JoAnn is a creative, entrepreneurial leader with a compassionate leadership style and a strong history of developing innovative ideas into effective, well-funded social impact models. As an Advocacy-based Storyteller she helps organization use data to share their stories and show their impact. science research, community development, and youth initiatives. She has been an advisor to several children’s wellness programs including HealthCorps Inc, Healthiest Inc, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Stop the Silence, Trust MYRIVR, Health Mentor, and Fanzland. Specialties: Public Health, Childhood Obesity Prevention, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Mitigation, Bullying Prevention, and Pediatric Bioethics (pertaining to childhood obesity).




[accordian] [toggle title="Contact Us"]NASW-NYS
188 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
(518) 463-4741/800-724-6279
www.naswnys.org [/toggle] [toggle title="Upcoming Events"]
There are no upcoming events at this time.

View More NASW-NYS Events[/toggle] [/accordian]