The Effective Prevention Programs Should Be Coordinated And Comprehensive ( Wright )

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Childhood obesity is a medical condition caused by extra fat in the body, which may lead to chronic conditions in the latter years of life (Mahmood, 2015). The condition has become much more prevalent in recent decades and has been acknowledged as a global epidemic that may affect them well into their adult life (Clus et al, 2014). Fortunately, prevention has been identified as the most effective strategy for combating obesity and research shows that the most effective prevention programs should be coordinated and comprehensive (Wright, 2013).
Problem Statement The Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) is a program designed to prevent obesity by “impacting a child’s nutrition, level of physical activity, classroom environment and community” (CATCH, 2014). The program was intended as a school-based effort and designed for implementation by an interdisciplinary team. It is based on the “CDC whole school, whole community, whole child model” that emphasizes health education within the school environment and with the involvement of the family and community in order to support a healthy lifestyle for youths (CATCH, 2014).
According to the program’s website, it has impacted 10,000 schools and communities across the nation. The program has been successfully adapted by different studies in various settings. One of such is the Active Generations program, which used volunteers to train and motivate children so that they can adopt healthy lifestyles in their local communities…
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