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The prevalence of obesity in children and adolescents is rising so dramatically in the United States that it
is frightening to consider the health of our adult population in fifty years. Consider the discussion in
Highlight 16 regarding childhood obesity and its relationship to type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, high
blood cholesterol and blood pressure, and sedentary lifestyles. In your region (county and state), what
is the prevalence of childhood obesity? Compare your regional rate of childhood obesity with that of
the national average. How does your region compare?
Based on the climate, geography, culture, prevalence of chronic disease, and target area needs for
childhood obesity education and programming, develop an integrated obesity program for children in
a local target area. Discuss why you chose the particular target region, how you will develop an
integrated program and with whom, what specific selected outcomes over what period of time would
be pursued, and why and how this would impact long-term risk nationwide for chronic disease.
Answer: There are many types of approaches and programs available to solve the problem of
childhood obesity. It appears that few are successful with the continued increase in childhood obesity
and its co-morbidities. Throughout the nationwide picture, each region has its own needs, challenges,
and opportunities. In this exercise, students are challenged to find out a bit more about the childhood
obesity problem in their region and state when compared to the rest of the United States. Then they
are asked to think creatively about how to develop an integrated obesity program that would utilize
the resources of your region. For instance, in the Northeast, students might take advantage of hiking
in the summer and skiing in the winter while on the west coast, students might use the ocean as a
means of exercise as well as food supply.
Students need to think about obesity programming as multifaceted with professionals such as exercise
physiologists, psychologists, nurses, etc. involved to assist the parents and their children in their
weight-loss efforts. It is also important to think about the programming and consider if success might
be based on focused programming by region and the needs of individuals by region.
While students may have many similar ideas, students may also put together many unique ideas that
will benefit others when shared.

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The prevalence of obesity in children and adolescents is rising so dramatically in the United States that it is frightening to consider the health of our adult population in fifty years. Consider the discussion in Highlight 16 regarding childhood obesity and its relationship to type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, high blood cholesterol and blood pressure, and sedentary lifestyles. In your region (county and state), what is the prevalence of childhood obesity? Compare your regional rate of childhood obesity with that of the national average. How does your region compare? Based on the climate, geography, culture, prevalence of chronic disease, and target area needs for childhood obesity education and programming, develop an integrated obesity program for children in a local target area. Discuss why you chose the particular target region, how you will develop an integrated program and with whom, what specific selected outcomes over what period of time would be pursued, and why and how this would impact long-term risk nationwide for chronic disease. Answer: There are many types of approaches and programs available to solve the problem of childhood obesity. It appears that few are successful with the continued increase in childhood obesity and its co-morbidities. Throughout the nationwide picture, each region has its own needs, challenges, and opportunities. In this exercise, students are challenged to find out a bit more about the childhood obesity problem in their region and state when compared to the rest of the United States. Then they are asked to think creatively about how to develop an integrated obesity program that would utilize the resources of your region. For instance, in the Northeast, students might take advantage of hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter while on the west coast, students might use the ocean as a means of exercise as well as food supply. Students need to think about obesity programming as multifaceted with professionals such as exercise physiologists, psychologists, nurses, etc. involved to assist the parents and their children in their weight-loss efforts. It is also important to think about the programming and consider if success might be based on focused programming by region and the needs of individuals by region. While students may have many similar ideas, students may also put together many unique ideas that will benefit others when shared. Name: Description: ...
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