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Transtheoritical Model Of Change In Childhood Obesity In Virginia

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Running head: TRANSTHEORITICAL MODEL OF CHANGE IN CHILDHOOD OBESITY
IN VIRGINIA 1
Transtheoritical Model of Change in Childhood Obesity in Virginia
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TRANSTHEORITICAL MODEL OF CHANGE IN CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN VIRGINIA 2
The transtheoretical model of change (TMC) is an integrative therapy model that
examines the readiness of an individual to change to a new healthier behavior, and offers the
process of change to guide the individual. The model is founded on the assumption that
individuals do not adjust their behavior decisively and hastily. Instead, behavioral change,
particularly habitual behavior, happens through a cyclical process. The TMC assumes that people
undergo six stages of change namely; pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action,
maintenance and termination (DiClemente, Salazar & Crosby, 2013). Distinct intervention
strategies are used for every stage to facilitate effective movement of an individual to the next
stage of change and eventually through to maintenance or termination.
At what stage of the TMC is your community?
The TMC stage for the Virginia community is the determination or preparation stage. In
this stage, the individuals are ready to take the change actions in the next one month, and they
start practicing small steps towards change of behavior, having the hope that behavior change
will result in improved health (DiClemente, Salazar & Crosby, 2013). In Virginia, people have
embraced the need to change behaviors that lead to early childhood obesity. For instance, after
being encouraged by the state to practice onsite breastfeeding in ECE programs, parents are
motivating each other to embrace the opportunity to ensure maximum breastfeeding for their
toddlers. Early Childhood Education programs are as well changing towards providing daily
physical activity sessions for children aged 2-4 years old (State of Childhood Obesity, 2019).
More so, the community is taking steps of ensuring that there is a follow-up of healthy eating and
availability of drinking water for children. Children as well go through the Special Supplemental
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program to ensure they are taking a
healthy diet. As noted by State of Childhood Obesity (2019), this has reduced the childhood

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Running head: TRANSTHEORITICAL MODEL OF CHANGE IN CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN VIRGINIA 1 Transtheoritical Model of Change in Childhood Obesity in Virginia Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Date TRANSTHEORITICAL MODEL OF CHANGE IN CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN VIRGINIA 2 The transtheoretical model of change (TMC) is an integrative therapy model that examines the readiness of an individual to change to a new healthier behavior, and offers the process of change to guide the individual. The model is founded on the assumption that individuals do not adjust their behavior decisively and hastily. Instead, behavioral change, particularly habitual behavior, happens through a cyclical process. The TMC assumes that people undergo six stages of change namely; pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance and termination (DiClemente, Salazar & Crosby, 2013). Distinct intervention strategies are used for every stage to facilitate effective movement of an individual to the next stage of change and eventually through to maintenance or termination. At what stage of the TMC is your community? The TMC stage for the Virginia community is the determination or preparation stage. In this stage, the individuals are ready to take the change actions in the next one month, and they start practicing small steps towards change of behavior, having the hope that behavior change will result in improved health (DiClemente, Salazar & Crosby, 2013). In Virginia, people have embraced the need ...
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