Healthy People 2010 Policy: Obesity in Children
A review of the Healthy People 2010 policy.
# 90832 | 675 words | 9 sources | 2006 |
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Medical and Health (Nutrition and Exercise) , Nutrition (Food) , Medical and Health (Eating Disorders) , Medical and Health (General) , Nutrition (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)
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This is a short paper which identifies a specific objective from the Healthy People 2010 initiative by the US Department of Health and Human Services and states a policy which would help achieve the objective if properly implemented. The objective chosen was 19.3, the reduction of obesity in children, corresponding to the leading health indicator of Overweight and Nutrition. The policy formatted is to limit federal funding for school lunch programs to only those schools that allow healthy foods as part of the lunch program, banning sugar and fat rich vending products.
From the Paper:"Healthy People 2010 is a program that continues the work initiated in the 1990s undertaken by the United Stated Department of Health and Human Services referred to as Health People 2000. There are 10 leading health indicators ranging from access to health care to immunizations and physical activity. One of the major leading health indicators is Overweight and Nutrition. Within this category, objectives relating to childhood diet and nutrition have been identified. One such objective, 19.3 is to "reduce the proportion of children and adolescents who are overweight or obese" ("Objective 19.3," 2000). This paper discusses the objective, suggests target goals and provides for a formal policy, that if implemented would help achieve the objective. Information on why the objective is important is included."
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