A Brief Note On Evidence Based Family Paper

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Evidence-Based Family Paper A student nurse interviewed a family, identified three priority needs within the family concerning their health and well-being, implemented interventions to address these concerns, and marked their progress throughout the course of the spring 2016 semester. The student assessed the family’s home, financial stability, nutritional habits, physical health, level of education and family medical history to determine the needs of the family and how to best offer interventions to improve their overall health and well-being. JG (husband, 43 years of age) is a district manager for a popular restaurant chain and MG (wife, 31 years of age) is a traveling minister who is 23 weeks pregnant with their first child. JG travels…show more content…
The first need identified for this family was adequate nutrition and physical fitness, especially for MG as she travels and is in her second trimester of pregnancy and because both JG and MG have a family history of diabetes and heart disease. For women with a normal BMI prior to pregnancy, they should gain one to four pounds during the first trimester, then two to four pounds per month during the second and third trimesters (ChooseMyPlate, 2015). MG’s pre-pregnancy BMI was 27, which indicates she was overweight and should not gain as much weight during pregnancy as someone who had a healthy pre-pregnancy BMI. Because of her BMI, it is recommended that MG only gain 15-25 pounds during her pregnancy (Mayo Clinic, 2014). While “eating for two” is a common excuse to overindulge in pregnancy cravings, only an extra 150-200 calories are needed each day (Mayo Clinic, 2014). MyPlate is a program by the United States Department of Agriculture developed to serve as a guide for creating balanced meals. For men and women in the 31-50 year old range, the USDA recommends 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit, 2.5-3 cups of vegetables, 6-7 ounces of grains, 5-6 ounces of protein, 3 cups of dairy, and 5-6 teaspoons of oils daily (ChooseMyPlate, 2016). The couple has internet access at their home so the student nurse encouraged them to try recipes from Pinterest and ChooseMyPlate.gov
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