Effective Health Care Advocacy for Childhood Obesity 1 Running Head: Effective Health Care Advocacy for Childhood Obesity Name: Institution: Date:
Effective Health Care Advocacy for Childhood Obesity 2 Population Health Issue Childhood obesity has been one of the most challenging community health issues in the world. In multicultural countries such as the United States this problem has been worsened by factors such as racial and health disparities that exist in these countries. Childhood obesity has become a target of advocacy groups who are seeking to reduce the prevalence of this health problem. Currently, the present context of childhood obesity advocacy extend to working to ensure people are accessing health information, healthy food (including foods that children carry to school), including information about nutritional value of foods, as well as advocating for increased physical activities. Other initiatives include imposing heavy taxes for those food items that are deemed unhealthy to human beings; and banning advertising to children. The two innovative programs presented in this paper are an attempt to prevent childhood obesity. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) program This program has achieved most of what it was intended to achieve. The program was started to target the women, infants, and children; however, the greatest benefits have been seen in the youngest children. Farley & Dowell (2014) have attributed this success to changes in demographics such as change in school food policies, media messages, family and community food consumption, food package changes, daycare food and physical activity change, and citywide obesity prevention policies. Changes in food packages among the women, infants, and
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