Improving The Nation 's Health

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Introduction:
Improving the nation’s health is a vital task in today 's society. Health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being” (The World Health Organization, 1946). Achieving wellness is one of the most popular goals in the twenty-first century. But first, we all need to realize clearly, what wellness is and why it matters. The key points of the term are that it is a process; it is conscious and self-directed; it includes fulfilling one 's potential. It is holistic and, therefore, calls for physical, mental and spiritual well-being (National Wellness Institute, 2014). Wellness matters because everything we do in our lives is linked to our health and welfare. According to the National Wellness Institute, “Wellness
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It is vital, therefore, to arm our students, our faculty and staff with the tools that will encourage us to live healthier lifestyles and take these habits back into our homes, our workplaces and the wider community.
Background/ Health Statement: Several health issues affect us today. While some diseases are being eliminated; others arise. Some habits; such as smoking, alcohol misuse, poor nutrition, and lack of physical activity, also continue to plague our societies. According to Center for Disease Control (CDC), almost half of all adults in United States have one or more chronic disease such as cardiac disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis (CDC, 2014). Obesity, which is a main focus of my needs assessment, is a complex disease which reduces quality of life and life expectancy. Obesity is caused by lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating habit. Moreover, there are behavioral, social, environmental, and economic factors that contribute to the growing prevalence of overweight and obesity in United States (CDC, 2012). For adults, obesity can be measured by using weight and height to calculate the body mass index (BMI). According to CDC, overweight is determined when the adult BMI is between 25 and 29.9, and obesity is determined when the adult BMI is 30 or higher (CDC, 2012). CDC states that more than one-third (34.9%)
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