Unformatted text preview: WELLNESS FAIR PROPOSAL
By Alicia Reynolds DEMOGRAPHICS
Riverside County, California
Over 65: 14.8%
Not proficient in English: 8%
Non-Hispanic (Black, White, Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander) 49.8%
Riverside County has a high population which could easily affect the access to healthcare for the citizens in it. Another high percentage
is female’s vs males. Having so many females there could be a lot that are stay at home mothers, so it makes their income low for their
family. It means there could be a one income household and that income may not come with health benefits for the family to be able to
see a physician or it could be too expensive, so they have no health coverage. The health status for minority populations tend to have
the burden of diseases and more health risks due to lack of understanding their health care related factors. (National Academy of
Sciences, 2003) The Health Determinants Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health- This affects the life expectancy for the white and other minority populations. Many of these
populations experience health issues when they are born. Socioeconomic Status and Health- This affects their access to healthcare. It could be due to lack of education, income, or
occupation. When the citizens have no education, it affects that type of income and occupation they can have. Then that can
affect their health coverage or knowledge needed to be aware of their health issues. Work Conditions and Health- This affects health due to the lack of jobs vs the population as well as both parents unable to work if
they have children needing care.
(National Academy of Sciences, 2003) Health Behavior
In 2017, Riverside county had a percent of 28% for adult obesity. This is for the ages of 20 and older with a BMI of 30 or higher. Some
other comparisons for counties within California that are surrounding Riverside are: San Bernardino is 31%, San Diego is 20%, Imperial
is 33%, Orange is 20%, and Los Angeles is 22%. Riverside county is the second highest. (California, 2021)
Obesity has burden several factors such as health care costs, loss of productivity and even premature death. The county has
begun investing in the wellbeing of their population to make their health a priority. They have created a Healthy Riverside County
Initiative in 2011. This program is designed to encourage the county to work together and support active transportation, physical
activity, and access to healthy and affordable foods. The county has out into place Healthy Vending which ensures that the
vending machines in the county offices provide health snack options. They started a Farmer’s Market which will give county
employees and the public easy access to fruits and vegetables. These are available for children and adults and focused on their
well-being and healthier lifestyles. (Healthy Riverside County, 2015) 1 Illness-Wellness Continuum
The Illness-Wellness continuum is a graphical illustration of a wellbeing concept, it can pose as mental or emotional health. This
means it focuses on the overall wellbeing of someone rather than their symptoms of a specific disease. (Wikipedia, 2021) The
premature death rate in Riverside county is 5800 before the age of 75. Among those leading causes are accidents, heart
diseases, chronic lower respiratory diseases, chronic liver diseases, and malignant neoplasms. (California, 2021) If some of these
factors can get treatment before they become a neutral point before reaching death. Treatment may consist of surgery, drugs,
herbs, acupuncture, and so on. Several people do not have any symptoms, so they feel everything is fine and they are taking care
of themselves. (Wellness Associates, Inc, 2018) Riverside county falls on the left side of the Wellness Paradigm due to obesity
causing premature death and there are visible signs. COMMUNITY RECOMMENDATIONS
The community in Riverside County can encourage healthier living. They will need to have a collaborative and innovative process to
help transform the county into healthier lifestyles. (Healthy Riverside County, 2015) These programs will help with obesity and provide
prevention from the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The lifestyle changes will improve their health and help
them get in better control of the risk outcomes. There will be education provided, more awareness, and the growth of the programs as
more individuals get involved.
Ways to Help Description Healthy Eating (Healthy Riverside County, 2015) Improving healthy eating for Riverside county residents through partnerships,
policies, systems, and environmental change. This can increase access to and
consumption of healthy foods and decrease access to and consumption of
unhealthy foods and beverages. Tobacco Control (Healthy Riverside County,
2015) Reducing tobacco exposure through policies, systems, and environmental
changes that will limit or discourage tobacco use where people live, play, work,
and study. Active Living (Healthy Riverside County, 2015) Increasing daily physical activity rates by expanding activity opportunities int the
community, workplace, school, and other settings and accommodating the
diverse needs of residents. Built Environment (Healthy Riverside County,
2015) Creating a healthy, safe, physical/built environment that will promote walkability,
bike ability, and active transportation. Limitations on Current Programs and Initiatives
The limits on these types of programs is the access to the healthy foods, the access to safe community areas to do physical activity, the
increasing sales of unhealthy foods in the area, poor economic conditions, and possibly limited funds. (Healthy Riverside County, 2015) Improvements That Can Be Made
Riverside County used the SWOT model to develop their plan. This helped them develop ways to identify any new approaches and to
enhance their current programs and activities to make the county the healthiest in America. With the preventive measures they have in
place, they still need to find ways to increase safer communities for bike rides and walking and increase access to healthier foods.
(Healthy Riverside County, 2015) 2 Additional Programs, Initiatives, or Policies
Riverside County has a great strategic plan in place to assist in support the healthier living and ways to help prevent adult obesity. It all
is included in their Healthy Eating, Active Living, Reduce Tobacco Use, and Building Health program. As time goes on, they will have to
evaluate the program to see if their needs to be any changes or updates to it. Ways to Inform Public
There are many ways that Riverside County can inform the public of their new resources available. Billboards throughout the county. Local news channels. Mailing out flyers. Putting flyers in local hospitals, physician offices, and clinics. SUPPORTING WELLNESS STANDARDS
Their program has a goal of preventing chronic disease and improving the health of Riverside County. Due to the overwhelming
presence of the chronic disease, they seen there needed to be some sort of emphasis on preventing the onset of the disease. This will
help them make a health priority and could reduce the harmful realities and improve everyday life for the county. Figure 1 REFERENCE LIST
National Academy of Sciences (2003). Understanding Population Health and Its Determinants.
3 California (2021). County Health Rankings.
Healthy Riverside County (2015). Building Health Into Everyday Life.
Wellness Associates, Inc (2018). Key Concept #1: The Illness-Wellness Continuum.
Healthypeople.gov (n.d.). The Vision, Mission, and Goals of Healthy People 2020.
Wikipedia (2021). John Travis (physician). (physician) 4 ...
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