An Early Prevention Of Healthy Diet And Physical Activities

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An early prevention of healthy diet and physical activities can prevent obesity. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (n.d) concluded that about 80.3 million Americans are physically inactive and about 78 million Americans are obese. By the year 2018, healthcare cost is projected to be US $344 billion (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). Kim & Basu (2016) studied 12 different articles that indicated that since 1990s, the rate of obesity has increased by 30 percent. Due to this high prevalence, the American Medical Association (AMA) has officially recognized obesity as a disease (Kim et al, 2016). An average cost of obesity is US$4,879 for women and US$2,646 for men per year were estimated (Center
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Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) indicate a large majority of children do not meet the dietary recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake (Krebs-Smith, Guenther, Subar, Kirkpatrick, & Dodd, 2010). Another contributing factor to increase the risk of obesity was lack of physical activity. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2016) states that no more than 1/2 of children in the United States met the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. The foundation discussed that physical activity has shown to improve academic performance, enhance attention and memory, and reductions in unhealthy behavior among student.

RWJF’s health policy suggests an early intervention in nutrition and physical activity. Schools have a unique opportunity to help children become more healthy and active (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2016). Comprehensive analysis done by RWJF showed that healthy diet and physical activity varies across country. In order to reach the goal proposed by the foundation, changes in dietary and physical education must be made equally and nationally. All schools will make healthy foods by eliminating high caloric, fats, and sodium from meals. Furthermore, physical activities will become part of children’s daily experience in schools. Make a healthy school environment the norm and not the exception across the United States (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2016). Updated
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