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Running head: HEALTH PROMOTION PAPER1 Health Promotion Paper Marybeth Sutton Chamberlain College of Nursing NR506 Vincennes University
Running head: HEALTH PROMOTION PAPER2 Health Promotion Paper According to the Healthy People 2020 objectives, nutrition and weight status reflect strong science supporting the health benefits of eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy body weight. The objectives also emphasize that efforts to change diet and weight should address individual behaviors, as well as the policies and environments that support these behaviors in settings such as schools, worksites, health care organizations, and communities (HealthPeople.gov, n.d.). During the windshield survey many community health issues were noted, with the most visible issue in this small community being weight related health issues. Healthy people 2020 has many objectives that can relate back to obesity. Martin County does not have immediate access to a family gym, such as a YMCA. The small gym that is available could not handle to the volume of the community if even half of the residents desired to become members. With the issues present in this community related to the poverty level, some families cannot afford the fees to benefit from the gym. The overwhelming amount of fast food options, increase the chances of picking up something in the drive thru on the way home. The busy lifestyles of the residents of this community also increase chances of picking up something for dinner. Not all families do this, but again, the salad options at McDonalds are on average four dollars more than a cheeseburger. We have all been the parent at the ball field who grabs something from the snack bar instead of preplanning a healthy option to take along. Education is key to preventing childhood obesity. The lack of understanding of nutritional importance in the adult population only leads to more issues in the children of the community. Parents could be educated during regular physician office visits. As a parent, when the school educated my children during class they would bring home informational handouts and be excited to teach me
Running head: HEALTH PROMOTION PAPER3 more about what they had learned. As a community, we could schedule activity nights with recreational exercise and healthy snacks for the children, along with a learning opportunity for the adults. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression [May14]. Literature Review During the windshield survey, I had the opportunity to speak with Loogootee Family Medicine’s family practice physician, Dr. James Poirier about this issue. Dr. Poirier has been a practicing family physician in this area since 1981. He does believe that the amount of residents that are overweight or obese is very high for our small community.

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