Introducing the 5A’s Whiteboard Videos for Healthcare Providers!

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This project was undertaken by experts at CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) with the support of SickKids (The Hospital for Sick Children) to create usable whiteboard videos to help busy clinicians in their practice

What Are the 5As?

The 5A’s are a treatment framework for healthcare professionals (HCPs) to use with their clients or patients that has been shown to promote behaviour change.


In 2013, experts from The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), in collaboration with the Canadian Obesity Network (CON) modified the existing tool, “The 5As of Adult Obesity Management” for pediatrics.


The 5A’s are:

  • ASK for permission to discuss weight and explore readiness
  • ASSESS obesity related risks and ‘root causes’ of obesity
  • ADVISE on health risks and treatment options
  • AGREE on health outcomes and behavioural goals
  • ASSIST in accessing appropriate resources and providers
Key Principles 5As

Why Expand the 5As:

Although the 5As resource is a helpful tool for HCPs, feedback showed they would like an expanded version with practical visuals of how a 5As framed encounter would occur in a busy office setting.

Links to helpful resources for additional learning and to share with families were also identified as needs.

This was the focus for this project. To develop an expanded 5As toolkit for pediatric weight management. This toolkit of videos and links to additional resources will give HCPs strategies to effectively address Type 2 diabetes prevention and issues related to child and adolescent weight.

Image of video stills from 5 As toolkit


The teams at CHEO and SickKids worked together to create a series of six whiteboard animations totalling 35 minutes of engaging content about weight science and how to counsel a patient and family on paediatric weight management in a sensitive, safe, and non-judgmental manner.

The Videos

The six short videos explain the content of each of the 5A’s and provide examples of how to put these guidelines into practice in everyday clinical care. Each video is 5-10 minutes.


5A’s Video List:

  • Weight Science 101
  • A Word About BMI
  • 5A’s: Ask
  • 5A’s: Assessment
  • 5A’s: Advise, Agree Assist
  • Putting It All Together


The videos hope to positively impact health care professionals’ (HCPs’) self-efficacy and improve their success in addressing obesity and risk for Type 2 diabetes in their practice.


The videos are currently available on the healthcare professional side of Meant2Prevent, and will also be available in French.

Evaluating the Videos

The videos were evaluated by healthcare providers to understand their knowledge, and confidence in addressing weight-related issues with pediatric patients before watching the videos, after watching, as well as 4-6 months after.



Most healthcare providers reported a change in their practice after watching the videos, and their confidence improved after watching.



This educational toolkit of videos based on the 5As framework showed changes in healthcare providers confidence and behaviours in addressing weight-related topics with children and families.


The full results of this study will be published.


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