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Social Determinants For Childhood Obesity

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P.L.A.Y.: Peers Leading Active Youth to Fight Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity is at an all-time high in the United States, afflicting one in every five children aged 6 to 19. The prevalence of childhood obesity in the U.S. was 17% in 2011-2014. The CDC notes that obesity rates are not equal across ethnicities, noting a prevalence of 21.9% for Hispanics, and 19.5% for non-Hispanic blacks compared to 14.7% for non-Hispanic whites. In this report, we will focus on childhood obesity in low-income communities. Youth in low-income families (which are disproportionately Black and Hispanic) are at greater risk for obesity because they are more likely to live in a neighborhood with unfavorable conditions such as poor housing, unsafe…show more content…
PLAY relies on high school and college volunteers, peers, who commit two hours, twice times a week to the program, and additionally attend monthly trainings with PLAY trainers. PLAY trainers will require certification from the PLAY website, which, upon certification provides video workshops to instruct volunteers on the program curriculum, a list of suggested locations for fieldtrips. Participant schools will also receive equipment from the program.
PLAY will begin with a TV trade-in event. On trade-in day, families will be able to trade in their children’s bedroom TV for either a bike or a height-adjustable basketball system and ball, at no cost to parents. Throughout the program, children will also have the option to “check-out” play equipment (sports balls, jump ropes, frisbees, hula hoops) to continue play time after program hours with their siblings, neighbors, parents and schoolmates. At their meeting each week, PLAY volunteers will begin the session in the classroom, exposing students to several health concepts. Volunteers will then travel with students to different spots in the community to complete hands on activities to complement their lessons for the week (i.e. grocery-store trip when discussing healthy eating). Volunteers, along with PLAY trainers, will identify safe, accessible places in the community for children to be active and the direct
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