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Financial costs of obesity can have a significant impact on communities. Work absenteeism is often associated with obesity and its complications. This costs approximately $4.3billion annually. Absenteeism causes less work productivity and is estimated to cost employers $506 per obese worker per year. Outreach and education programs can be funded via grants. However, obtaining grant funding can be a tedious, difficult process. With the rate of obesity increasing, so do medical expenses. The need for communities to build more bariatric appropriate facilities will increase as the obese population increases. Best Practices PromotionPromoting best practices in an organization such as a technical college can be challenging. Education is key to promoting management of obesity and weight loss. Education regarding FDA recommendations for diet and pharmacological treatment is essential. Exercise regimens need to be introduced and encouraged. Evidence based practices regarding obesity
PATHOPHARMACOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR ADVANCED15epidemics in schools exist. Most of these focus on school aged children, not college aged or adults. The Tennessee Board of Regents, nor the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Ripley have a standard of practice for obesity. Initiating a healthy lifestyle program focusing on weight loss and exercise would be beneficial to the institution. Implementation PlanThree specific strategies/interventions that could be used to implement a healthy lifestyle program focusing on weight loss and exercise at the Tennessee of College of Applied TechnologyRipley (TCAT) would be:1.Offer free health screenings to students and employees. Practical nursing and medical assisting students would offer free BMI assessments, as well as BP checks, and glucose and cholesterol monitoring.2.Form a wellness committee at TCAT Ripley. The committee would consist of the nursing director, nursing instructors, and community members such as the local hospital dietician and public health nurse. The committee would be responsible for promoting positive attitudes and behaviors that will improve the health, well-being and quality of life of the students and employees at TCAT Ripley. 3.Initiate a weight loss challenge program. This will be a 2-month challenge that measures body fat percentage lost, not pounds lost. It will be done on an individual basis. There will be an entry fee. The person who has lost the most at the end of the challenge will win the money generated from the entry fees. The wellness committee will create the specifics of the challenge, such as weigh in dates, etc.Evaluation Method
PATHOPHARMACOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR ADVANCED16In order to objectively measure the success of the interventions used to implement a healthy lifestyle program focusing on weight loss an exercise, evaluation methods must be created. The first step will be evaluating the results of the free health screenings that will be