Community and Public Health Nursing Reflection Essay

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Community and Public Health Nursing Reflection Courtney Austin NUR/405 8/11/2014 Community and Public Health Nursing Reflection Maricopa community schools are the local schools for the Gila River Indian Community. Native American children attending these schools are generally obese and do not participate in extra-curricular activities. The Leading Health Indicator (LHI) that applies is Children and adolescents who are considered obese. Recognizing this LHI, nursing diagnoses can be generated followed by nursing interventions and finally a community health partnership that will positively influence obesity. Also, while exploring these various steps, examples of how nursing can advocate community change will be shown.…show more content…
154). Native Americans are also theorized to be genetically predisposed born with more adipose fat which is never lost and increases throughout adolescence, leading to obesity in adulthood (Richards & Peterson, 2006, pg. 88). Furthermore, their diets tend to be high in saturated fat and sugar (88). These epidemiological influences are worsened because of the lack of facilities available on the reservation. Utilizing this information, the following nursing diagnoses can be made regarding Native American obesity; deficient community health, imbalanced nutrition, and sedentary lifestyle. First, a healthy community “is described by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2010 report is one that continuously creates and improves both its physical and social environments, helping people to support one another in aspects of daily life and to develop to their fullest potential” (Healthy Places). In order to address the deficient community health, a community health event could be planned that checks weight, height, cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Also, at this event, education about health promotion and disease prevention would be beneficial in addressing the diabetes and obesity so prevalent within the Native American populace. Imbalanced nutrition can be because the body is not getting enough

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