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Childhood obesity

  1. 1. By: Sarah Watson, Ph.D., M.S. Childhood Obesity Intervention Proposal
  2. 2. My Credentials <ul><li>I am a Registered Dietician with a Masters of Science in Community Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Lifespan Nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>I have conducted and published four primary research papers on childhood obesity in elementary school students. </li></ul><ul><li>I have worked with 20 elementary schools in reengineering school lunch programs. </li></ul><ul><li>I have reduced obesity rates by 25% in the majority of schools that have used my program. </li></ul><ul><li>I have received a grant from the ADA to work with five states to reduce obesity rates in elementary schools. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Problem Childhood Obesity <ul><li>Obesity is defined as a BMI in 95 th percentile and overweight is a BMI in 85 th percentile </li></ul><ul><li>16% of Arkansas children are overweight and 14% are obese. </li></ul><ul><li>Only 40% of children meet recommended physical activity levels and most do not get the RDA of vitamins and minerals. </li></ul><ul><li>Medical costs related to obesity in Arkansas are $633 million dollars per year. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Problem Negative Consequences of Childhood Obesity <ul><li>Standardized test scores reflect that overweight and obese children score lower than children with a normal body weight. </li></ul><ul><li>High blood pressure and high cholesterol levels lead to cardiovascular disease and chronic diseases. </li></ul><ul><li>Type 2 diabetes and high insulin tolerance leads to lifelong changes in diet and problems with circulation. </li></ul><ul><li>Other problems include asthma, arthritis, liver disease, gallstones, and heartburn leading to ulcers. </li></ul><ul><li>Many are discriminated against, leading to poor self-esteem, social and psychological problems. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Proposal <ul><li>School-based interventions have proven to be effective in reducing obesity levels, especially before eating patterns are are already established. </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing knowledge about healthy eating behaviors and incorporating physical activity into daily life helps reduce and prevent obesity. </li></ul><ul><li>My proposed series of nutrition education and physical activity sessions in five low-income schools in the Springdale school district will have a target goal of decreasing obesity rates by 15% in one year. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Program of Work <ul><li>Consult with the principal, physical education teacher, and key staff members </li></ul><ul><li>Develop materials for nutrition education sessions and physical activity sessions, including a kid-friendly PowerPoint presentation, activity board, and an interactive nutrition education game. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop colorful and educational banners and posters to put in lunchrooms and classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct a large nutrition education session in the school auditorium where students will learn that good nutrition can be yummy and fun! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Program of Work <ul><li>Conduct smaller nutrition education sessions in each classroom where children can ask questions and complete a simple test to determine how much they have learned. </li></ul><ul><li>Perform simple BMI calculations to determine the starting point of each child’s weight status. </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct physical activity sessions in each classroom to teach kids simple and fun exercises they can do every day. </li></ul><ul><li>Return to each school a few months later to record progress by repeating BMI calculations and administering a simple test to determine what information students retained. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Here is a great example of the type of interactive game we will have kids play on computers in the classroom: </li></ul><ul><li>Click Here </li></ul>Interactive Game for Kids
  9. 9. Budget
  10. 10. Schedule 2012-2013
  11. 11. <ul><li>My highly qualified team consists of myself, two graduate student assistants and a physical education instructor. </li></ul><ul><li>The first graduate student is completing an M.S. in Community Nutrition and is conducting primary research on Childhood Obesity. </li></ul><ul><li>The second graduate student is completing an M.S. in Clinical and Sports Nutrition. </li></ul><ul><li>The physical education instructor has been an educator at the University level for 10 years. Her extensive research on Sports Nutrition and Physical Activity has targeted secondary school students. </li></ul><ul><li>Our team has completed a similar project in 2009 with an overall reduction in BMI of 15% after one year and an increase in test scores of 25%. </li></ul>Qualifications
  12. 12. Thank You! <ul><li>Any Questions? </li></ul>