In a country where childhood obesity is a growing epidemic, it is only logical to take a closer look at the affects that schools are having on our children’s health. According to the Center of Disease Control, children who are obese are more likely to become obese adults (2008). CDC also mentions that about 80% of children ages 10-15 years of age who where obese, became obese adults at the age of about 25. Childhood obesity also brings about many different health risks such as cardiovascular disease (cite). Children spend a great deal of time at school; the majority of their day as well as the year are spent in school. It would therefore make sense for a school to be a great place of intervention when it comes to learning about making healthier food choices. There are many aspects that contribute to this growing epidemic. It is difficult to monitor and control everything that children put into their mouths therefore by instilling a program in our schools that will help children learn about food and how to make healthy choices we can improve their health and possibly even help prevent adult obesity. If we are unable to completely change the foods that are being served to our children in schools than we should help them to make the healthiest choices. By In following the 6 steps to our intervention mapping plan we believe that schools will be able to increase the knowledge and health of their students, ultimately decreasing the rates of obesity in children across the country. Step 1 of the mapping approach involves conducting a needs assessment. The population at risk is school-aged children from grades K-5 who are from two different elementary schools. The schools were randomly selected from a lottery system. Our intervention includes one school from Minnesota and another from Texas, which will act as a control group. We have also selected two more schools from the same school districts; one from Minnesota and one from Texas. Unhealthy foods that consume our children’s school lunches are contributing greatly to the increase to the growing rates of childhood obesity in our country. There is a lack of fruits and vegetables being served in our schools lunches, instead children are faced with many unhealthy choices, therefore decreasing the likelihood for them to choose the healthier choice. Due to this lack of healthy choices and education in our children there is definitely needs for an intervention program that will help demonstrate to children how and what healthier choices are and also to educate them on the short and long term benefits of making these choices. *Find Governmental (CDC) research about school lunches and obesity rates. For the three different levels of community involvement the communities involvement in our intervention acts as all three of them, the host, target, and resource. The school that is involved in the program in the community will be hosting the intervention and considered the target for implementing these healthier eating habits. The chosen community’s school will assist in providing the children with the education as well as various options for the children in grades k-5. Not only will the teachers assist in this intervention, but the parents of the children in the community will as well. The last task in needs assessment involves establishing how future evaluations will be conducted. We decided that the evaluation for the intervention will be centered around the difference made in obesity levels in the children at the chosen schools, the increased amount of fruits and veggies are eaten at the school, and the ability for the program to be adopted, implemented and sustained within the school district. The last evaluation will be based on the control schools and how they are used in comparison to the intervention groups. The second step in the mapping step intervention is the preparation of the matrices of change objectives. See attached table of the matrices change objectives.
The most important aspect of publishing research is the credibility of the researcher and the sources from which the author collects data. Without credibility it is impossible for the reader to trust the information in the article. Throughout the article, “Childhood Obesity,” the researcher, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, presents surveys from other researchers who have conducted studies on childhood obesity. She covers different possibilities of the source of childhood obesity…
Obesity is an epidemic that is sweeping the nation and growing exponentially. Currently more than 500,000,000 adults worldwide are suffering from obesity. Most people look at obesity as only being caused by overeating, but there are many other factors that contribute to the spreading of obesity. One in particular is technology. Between the last 100 years and now technological advances have played a big part in the climbing obesity rates and will continue to do so in the future.
In the past, many…
populated area like the San Francisco Bay Area, and with children, who don’t have much money, sometimes are limited to resort to fast food or other unhealthy meals. Obesity refers to the condition of having excessive body fat. Obesity presents a huge problem both physically, mentally, as well as emotionally. People dealing with obesity have to face with humiliation, depression, and sometimes even discrimination. Who is there to blame for this issue? It isn’t likely to find kids exercising like children…
Childhood Obesity Demographic
January 27, 2013
Childhood Obesity Demographic
Childhood obesity is a public health problem that has become increasingly more serious in the United States. Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child's health or wellbeing. A person is considered overweight if he or she has a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 kg/m2; a BMI of greater than 30 kg/m2 is considered obese. This growing overweight…
Middle childhood Obesity
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The Health Recourses and Services Administration (HRSA), which is a division of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services; defines childhood obesity as body mass index (BMI) at or above the gender- and age-specific 85th and 95th percentile. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) states that childhood obesity has reached…
Did you know that in today’s society obesity is threatening the health of not only adults but of our future, our children? “For the first time in U.S. history our children’s lifespan is shorter than their parents” (Olshansky SJ, Passaro DJ, Hershow RC, et al, 2005). Obesity is increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat. This is an ongoing issue that has intended to be corrected for several decades. There are many problems that can lead to childhood obesity;…
the Causes and Effects of Childhood Obesity
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August 13, 2012
Understanding the Causes and Effects of Childhood Obesity
Is it difficult to escape the fate of becoming obese with high calorie foods and snacks available around every corner at vending machines, fast food restaurants, convenience stores and even at home? There is much controversy on obesity being a choice rather than an uncontrollable lifestyle. How does obesity occur? What are the causes…
How Much Of A Problem Is Obesity?
When thinking about childhood obesity in America what are the factors involved? Are there multiple factors or could there be one major factor that we could have dealt with by now? Also how can the factors be dealt with in order to help the children that suffer from this disease? If obesity can’t be fixed what are the long term affects it can cause on the body? Before we can look at the factors you have to first actually know what is considered obese. There is a…
Facts and figures of childhood obesity in New Zealand
Statistics from: http://www.health.govt.nz/nz-health-statistics/health-statistics-and-data-sets/obesity-data-and-stats
Surveyed 2012/13 by the New Zealand Health Survey
1 in 9 children (aged 2-14) were obese (11%)
A further 1 in 5 children were overweight (22%)
19% of Māori children were obese
27% of Pacific children were obese
Children living in the most deprived areas were 3 times as likely to be obese as children…
Government or Personal Responsibility?
As of 2012, there are 33,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the world (How many are there). Because of evidence that obesity is a serious health problem facing children today, school officials and food manufactures want to provide children more nutritious food. Obesity has become a global epidemic. Some states have tax on soda and some are considering this. Unless obesity is shown as a matter of personal responsibility, we should not blame fast-food restaurants…