Motivational Interviewing Program

Clinicians are seeing the impact of the childhood obesity epidemic firsthand. Here in Georgia, more than 700,000 of our kids are either obese or overweight, and more children are now suffering from diseases once seen only in adults, such as heart disease, hypertension, liver and kidney disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Our introductory Strong4Life Motivational Interviewing Training sets the foundation for all of the trainings we offer to clinicians. This training is designed to help you initiate effective patient conversations about BMI measurement, nutrition and physical activity. In just 2 hours, our trainers will share effective motivational interviewing techniques and tools to help families set attainable goals to drive sustainable behavior change.

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As part of the training program, participants receive:

  • Free resources, such as BMI posters, health assessment forms, goal sheets and more.
  • Continuing medical education (CME) credits.
  • Increased confidence in use of motivational interviewing counseling techniques.

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All healthcare clinicians working with families and children (of all ages) to address healthy behaviors are welcome, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered dietitians and registered nurses.

In light of COVID-19, all Strong4Life training events will be hosted via Webex until further notice. New training dates and times will be added each month at the registration link below.

Register for a training.

Physician Education Credits
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Children's designates this internet live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Stark Law Disclaimer
In order for Children’s to meet Stark Law regulatory requirements that allow Children’s to provide a limited amount of non-monetary compensation to physicians, we must note your participation in this CME activity at a value of $25 per credit hour. This amount will be applied to your non-monetary compensation allowance. No action is required on your part, and you will be notified if you are nearing the limit by the physician education team. The total non-monetary compensation allowed for 2021 is $429

Nursing Education Credits
This activity has been submitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to provide contact hours. Children’s is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Contact hours: 2.0

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If you are interested in participating or have questions about the program, email us at