SU Community Concern Discussi

Please respond to my Discussion
Board Question included below. Once you have answered the question(s), please respond to two of your
peers answer(s) to the question(s)

What have you identified as a major
concern/issue in your community? What strategies would you implement to
assist your community with their well-being? (Utilize your Text book as a
guide and any polices and or strategic plans/policies your found in
your research)

FIRST RESPOND………………………………………………….

Child
Obesity as a Health Concern in the Community

In
the community settings, one of the notable health issues is childhood
obesity. The
condition is also rampant in the state since approximately 16.7% of the
youths have
obesity (CDC, 2021). Children who have obesity have a high likelihood of
developing comorbid conditions such as high blood pressure and high
levels of
cholesterol. These conditions constitute the risk factors for
cardiovascular disease. Nevertheless, children with obesity face the
risk
of impaired glucose tolerance, breathing problems, joint problems, and
fatty
liver disease (CDC, 2021).
Childhood obesity has psychological implications which include anxiety
and
depression, reduced quality of life, stigma, and instances of bullying.
Failure to address the condition would culminate in children becoming
adults
with obesity which further increases the burden of disease.

Epidemiological
and nutritional transitions have created nutritional deficiencies due to the
availability of cheap fast food and a high intake of sugary foods. Inherent
hormonal differences between boys and girls make the latter susceptible to
weight gain (Allender et al., 2019). Childhood obesity in the community falls
under the classification of nutrition-related chronic diseases and thus, it is
important to address the root causes of the condition to ultimately lower the
incidences. Another key attributable cause of the condition in the community
settings is the imbalance between energy intake and expenditure evidenced by
lack of physical activity compounded by genetic factors.

Mitigating the prevalence
rate of childhood obesity in the community would require concerted
efforts among
the key stakeholders. One of the proposed solutions would entail policy
changes
in the local governing bodies to ensure there is high availability of
healthy
foods. For example, the subsidization of levies charged on the green
groceries can
be lowered to encourage more people to set up these businesses. At the
household
level, it would be important to sensitize the families on fast food
consumption, reducing the intake of sugary beverages, and the use of
resources
such as the MyPlate model to educate families on portion sizes (and the
need for a balanced diet). Besides, there is a need to eliminate high
caloric intake by
helping families with children with obesity to select foods with better
nutritional value (Allender et al., 2019). Further policies can be
initiated at
the local government level which would create access to healthier food
options/beverages. Encouraging children to participate in these programs
would go
a long way in lowering the rates of obesity. A good example of this
program includes
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Summer Food Service
Program (SFSP) (Allender et al., 2019). In the community settings,
interventions would extend to include availing free park spaces where
children
can play. The playgrounds would facilitate an increase in the activity
levels
of the children. Media advocacy on healthy eating and regulation of
unhealthy
food options can play a role in reducing high caloric intake. Finally,
while
taking into consideration of the family factors and their influence on
food
intake, there is a need to sensitize families to healthy foods consumed
while
encouraging the levels of physical activity.

SECOND RESPOND………………………………………………………………..

The current COVID-19 pandemic has not spared our community. To
protect ourselves from COVID-19 infection, as well as to regulate and
reduce its effects on our community, we must implement community
protective strategies, such as the Establishment of
COVID-19 quarantine facilities and laboratory testing facilities to
identify and control assumed and proven cases; immunization campaigns to
prevent or minimize COVID-19 infection; enhancing the local health-care system’s programs to give the best therapy for COVID-19 patients;

financial
support program for residents, particularly those whose income has been
severely impacted by the pandemic; Food aid initiatives to ensure food
security during the pandemic, as well as information dissemination
campaigns to properly inform citizens about various policies.

We
will use the Community Mobilization Strategy, which is defined by the
World Health Organization (WHO) in their Community-Based Rehabilitation
(CBR) as “the process of bringing together as many stakeholders as
possible to raise people’s awareness of and demand for a specific
program, to assist in the delivery of resources and services, and to
strengthen community participation for long-term sustainability.” It
will include: community building through social action and public
participation; Local service development to improve the delivery of
health care, transportation, food, information, and financial services;
and public advocacy and education to raise awareness and improve skills.

References

Khasnabis,
C., Heinicke Motsch, K., Achu, K., Al Jubah, K., Brodtkorb, S.,
Chervin, P., Coleridge, P., Davies, M., Deepak, S., Eklindh, K., Goerdt,
A., Greer, C., Heinicke-Motsch, K., Hooper, D., Ilagan, V. B., Jessup,
N., Khasnabis, C., Mulligan, D., Murray, B., Officer, A., … Lander, T.
(Eds.). (2010). Community-Based Rehabilitation: CBR Guidelines. World
Health Organization.

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