problem, parents are less active and make poor food choices which influences and affects a child’s perception of health.” She states that free school lunches are designed to give children an option to pick a healthier option, but in her observation about 30% choose fruit and vegetables as part of their lunch. K.H. states that about 50% of the community lives close to a fast food establishment or restaurant. Both informants mention they personally eat fast food out of convenience and low cost dollar menus. In reference to physical activity, K.H., (personal communication, July 2, 2018) notes, “I only see about 25% of the community routinely participating in outdoor sports and activities with a decrease during the during the summer months.” He continued to explain that the hot summer weather of south Texas deters and prevents outdoor activities if it does not involve water sports. C.T., (personal communication, July 3, 2018) discussed physical education during school is limited all year around unless it is after school sports. She implied the culprit is cell phone use and social media as a negative impact on physical activity adding to obesity in our teen and adult community. As a small community there is strength in the ability to provide community wide examples of healthy 13
eating examples at schools and in the two local stores which have groceries for sale. Safety concerns in Flour Bluff reveal a risk of injury/death from motor vehicle accidents. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can adversely affect many individuals collectively or individually. Erratic driving behavior was observed especially at night. K.H., (personal communication, July 2, 2018) states “alcohol abuse can lead to injuries from falling, getting in a car crash or from physical assault between two intoxicated individuals.” The roads are dimly lit throughout the community even on the major roadways. K.H notes that about 20% of citations given in the Flour Bluff area are for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal substances. He explains that he has been at scenes of accidents which have impacted a community from the death of a victim of drunk driving. C.T., (personal communication, July3, 2018) also noted during our interview that she has known several student which have passed away from either driving drunk or being hit by a drunk driver. During observation about 15% of major intersections had people crossing streets without using crossing signals. This community has neighborhood watch programs to prevent local parties in which people leave drunk. Flour Bluff ISD has programs to educate students the tragedies that can occur with drinking and driving. Being a small community, K.H., (personal communication, July 2, 2018 states he routinely patrols the local bars to assess for drunk drivers and has a good relationship with local bartenders to stop serving individuals becoming intoxicated and call them an Uber rather than driving drunk.
- Spring '17
- Nursing, Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, Flour Bluff