Laying the Foundation for a Health Promotion Program


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Part 1 – Laying the Foundation for a Health Promotion Program

            The health problem is nutrition and weight status. Citizens are often engaged in unhealthy eating habits not aware of the inherent risks. There are established health benefits of eating a balanced diet and maintaining the right body weight. Unhealthy eating habits lead to many diseases. According to HealthyPeople.gov, some of the diseases associated with unbalanced nutrition include: overweight and obesity, malnutrition, iron-deficiency anemia, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, oral disease, diverticular disease, dyslipidemia, osteoporosis, constipation and some of the cancers.

Among these, overweight and obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes are prevalent. If not checked, unhealthy eating habits will continue to cause many preventable deaths. More so, diseases associated with poor eating habits will continue to consume a significant percentage of the United States health budget.

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The state cannot afford to be losing thousand of people and incurring unwarranted expenses every year due to preventable causes. A rigorous campaign to educate and create awareness on the dangers of unhealthy eating is long overdue. The health department will be at the forefront in offering nutritional guidance. An unhealthy eating habit is a problem that affects all the population, and thus a successive campaign need to target the entire population. The hope in nutrition and weight status is that the endemic problem can be arrested if only the right measures are put in place.

References

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Bray, I (2012). Healthy Employees, Healthy Business: Easy, Affordable Ways to Promote Workplace Wellness. New York: Nolo.

Center  For disease Control ( 2012). Nutrition, physical Activity, & Obesity. Retrieved on feb.22, 2012 from: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/index.htm

Health People 2010 (2000). Objectives for improving health: Nutrition and overweight retrieved on Feb. 22, 2012 from: http://www.healthypeople.gov/2010/document/tableofcontents.htm?visit=1

HealthPeople.gov. (2012). Nutrition and weight status. Retrieved on Feb. 22, 2012 from: http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topicsobjectives2020/overview.aspx?topicid=29

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