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Running head: CHANGE PROPOSAL1Capstone Project Change ProposalSerena TurpinGrand Canyon University: NRS-493September 12, 2020
CASE STUDY ON DEATH AND DYING2Capstone Project Change ProposalIntroductionObesity rates have doubled over 20 years, with 15% of children ages 2 to 4 years and13.5% percent of children ages 10 to 17 [ CITATION The20 \l 1033 ], and 46% of ColumbusCounty adults [CITATION Cou20 \l 1033 ] considered obese, which exceed both the state andnation rates of obesity. Obesity also raises the risk of chronic conditions such as heart diseaseand diabetes, which are both health concerns. This is attributed to a built environment thatfacilitates an increased unhealthy food intake and lack physical activity [ CITATION Cen15 \l1033 ].According to the 2019 Columbus County Community Health Assessment, obesity is dueto lack of exercise and unhealthy foods choices related to cost, access, andconvenience[ CITATION Smi19 \l 1033 ].Obesity in our county’s communities are increasing rapidly. When we hear the word“obesity”, our minds race to fast food restaurants like McDonalds but our lifestyle choices arethe blame. There are several causes of obesity including poor food choices, overeating, and lackof exercise, among others. These unhealthy lifestyle choiceswill severely impact obesity ratesand obesity related chronic diseases. Columbus County lacks obesity preventive public healthpolicy. For people to make healthy choices to combat obesity, both policy and environmentalchanges are needed to ensure affordable healthy food and safe places for activities[ CITATIONCen15 \l 1033 ].BackgroundForty-six percent of person’s living in Columbus County is considered obese (RobertWood Johnson Foundation, 2020). Implementing preventive programs is a key public healthstrategy for countering obesity and obesity related diseases that threaten the health and wellbeing
CASE STUDY ON DEATH AND DYING3a community. Columbus County ranks ninety-fourth out of a hundred North Carolina counties inhealthy outcomes with obesity rates exceeding both state and national averages (Robert WoodJohnson Foundation, 2020). Interventions are essential to combat obesity and obesity relatedchronic diseases. Currently, the Public Health Department does not have specific policies toaddress obesity. This project will focus on adopting policy,implementing educational programs,and creating environments that support healthier lifestyle choices.Problem statementCurrently, the Public Health Department does not have specific policies or interventionsto address the county’s obesity rates. Without policies to shape and define healthy lifestyles andeducational programs to teach healthy choices, comorbidities and mortalities will triple by 2030,according to The State of Childhood Obesity, (2020), dramatically decreasing health outcomes ofindividuals in communities. In order to reverse this epidemic, the policies and environmentalconditions affecting the health and well-being of the community must be examined.

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