Behavioral Health Interventions in Obesity Medicine

This session will include an overview of obesity background and treatment and how family physicians can utilize motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral techniques to assist patients with obesity and overweight with sustainable lifestyle changes with particular attention to the constraints of life in a global pandemic. Case based examples will be used for illustrative and educational purposes


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Target Audience

This activity is designed for family medicine physicians and other primary care team members.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

• Define obesity
• Implement behavioral interventions to assist in the treatment of patients with obesity in practice.
• Participants will learn and recognize the key components of shared decision-making encounters for patients seeking obesity treatment.
• Participants will identify best practices for risk communication when deliberating treatment options with patients seeking obesity treatment.
• Participants will learn how to develop treatment plans over telemedicine for patients dealing with obesity.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AAFP Prescribed
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Shani Muhammad, MD headshot


     Family Physician
     San Leandro, CA




Dr. Muhammad completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California Berkeley, and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio for medical school at Case Western Reserve University.  After completion of her family medicine residency also at Case Western Reserve/Metrohealth hospital, she completed four years of service with the National Health Service Corp in a medically underserved area of Fresno, CA. She has worked as a family physician practicing full spectrum primary care with obstetrics in rural, urban and suburban locations. Today, Dr. Muhammad provides comprehensive family medicine services to patients in the Northern California area specializing in lifestyle medicine and preventative health through SteadyMD, an online platform, and also manages population health for high risk indigent medical patients. She is a member of the speakers panel for the Center for Health Equity at the AAFP and has co-authored several policies on public health. Dr. Muhammad is an avid Crossfitter and Peloton rider who herself has battled obesity to lose more than 65 pounds and loves to talk about fitness with her patients. She lives in the Northern California Bay Area with her husband, children and three incredibly attractive cats.


Shani Muhammad, MD declares that in the past 12 months neither she nor her partner/spouse have a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with one or more organizations that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this continuing education activity.


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This Enduring Material activity, Behavioral Health Interventions in Obesity Medicine, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 0.25 Prescribed credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins November 23, 2020. Term of approval is for one year from this date

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AAFP Prescribed
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