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Community Nutrition Project Shakera Davis FCS 458 Dr. Pan March 17, 2015
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Childhood obesity has been on the rise for years now. The number of children who are obese has tripled in the last 30 years. There are 10% of children aged 1- 5 years old are overweight. Obesity in children can may lead to the following health problems heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, and social discrimination. Obese children may experience these health consequences which can lead to weight-related health problems in their adulthood. These children also have risk factors for cardiovascular disease including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Almost 60% of overweight children have at least one cardiovascular disease risk factor and 25% of overweight children had two or more cardiovascular disease risk factors. Studies have shown that obese children and teens are more likely to become obese as adults. One out of seven low income children in preschool are obese. That means that 13 million children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese. Obese children become obese adolescents who are 80% more likely to end up as obese adults. Healthcare expenses directly related to childhood obesity are $14 billion every year. There are other things such as very little physical activity contribute to this growing number of obesity. Children spend less time being active playing outside. Instead they rather spend more time watching TV, using their cellular devices, playing video games, and sitting at the computer. Also busy families are cooking less and eating out more which is a great cause also. Having easy access to high calorie fast food is making it easy to obtain. You can get a cheeseburger is one dollar versus a salad which is five dollars. Food portions are bigger than what they used to be. That goes for both in restaurants and at home. I decided to go visit Beautiful Beginnings day care center located in Burlington, NC. I heard about this daycare from a mutual friend. Ms. Katrina Wilkerson is the owner of Beautiful Beginnings. Ms. Katrina worked her way up and now her day care is a four start center. “Our primary goal at Beautiful Beginnings is to promote growth and healthy wellbeing. Ensuring the safety of all of our children during all routines and activities and to be alert and attentive at all times. We constantly make sure there is physical activities and healthy eating. We provide opportunities for parents to increase their understanding of educational values and to cooperate with parents in sharing responsibility for the education of their child.” During the days I visited at the day care I observed the children responding really well to Ms. Wilkerson. They would go to the play around where there was different activities for them. They could do crafts first or do the mini workout. The mini workout is at least 60 minutes unstructured physical activity. Free space is provided where the children have access to toys and equipment. The children can be physically active by using the balls, tunnels, large blocks, riding toys and rocking boats. Ms. Wilkerson made sure to encourage
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