Community Health Plan
Obesity is a health risk concern for the community in Fresno. Quite a large number of children within the region are affected by obesity and are overweight. According to Babey, Wolstein, Diamant, Bloom, and Goldstein, (2012), obesity refers to the condition of being overweight and having too much fat in the body. With the increasing rates of obesity in children, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some various types of cancer can result and affect these individuals. Statistics show that about 37% of the total population of children in Fresno are affected by cases of diabetes and obesity. More specifically, among the 5th graders, 40% of the total children are obese and overweight.
Goals of the Community Health Plan
The primary purpose of the health plan will be developed to help the children with diabetes and obesity to become healthier and live better lives within their community. The main goals will be to reduce the weight of the children through exercises and medication and improve the lifestyles of these children by providing them with proper and healthy meals that would increase their life stability. The plan will also be responsible for sensitizing the people within Fresno Ca about diabetes, its effects and causes as well as obesity and the underlying adverse effects of children.
The Community Health Plan will involve some activities designed specifically for reducing the weight of the children over time and monitoring the overall health of the children to treat and manage diabetes among them. According to Schwarte, Samuels, Capitman, Ruwe, Boyle, and Flores, (2010), materials such as bouncing castles, racing gears, footballs, bicycles, gymnastic levers and other resources that can be used to reduce weight. These resources would be useful since the majority of the children who are obese do not exercise much, thus with the resources available, they would have the chance to undertake training activities.
On the other hand, medical resources may be required for the treatment and management of diabetes among these children. Materials for educating the children about diabetes, its effects and management plans would be necessary in the event of treating and managing diabetes. Finances will be necessary to help in purchasing the necessary medication and resources to use with the obesity mediation program. Through obtaining these funds, the plan would be successful.
The resources that are required for the community health plan to sensitize and treat the children with diabetes and overweight will involve some activities. These activities are helpful not only in cutting the weight of the children but also in engaging these kids with each other to understand and learn about the impacts of the same. According to Babey, et al., (2012), riding bicycles, racing, jogging, playing soccer, and any other activity that would help in reducing the obesity in these kids would be used. Moreover, these activities would, in some ways, contribute to manage and maintain better status for the children affected by diabetes.
Education to the children as well as the parents of these kids is also of vital importance and thus must be integrated into the course of the plan. The community must be sensitized about diabetes and obesity and the link existing between the two conditions. Through the education process, the community will be in a better position to help the children in preventing the cases of diabetes and obesity. Therefore, the community health plan must ensure to sensitize the community about healthy meals that would help to reduce the chances of obesity and overweight in children, thereby mitigating and reducing the likelihood of diabetes affecting them. Moreover, the sensitization program would also help to ensure the children and the community earn about the best exercise events which the kids must undertake over time.
Barriers to The Effective Community Health Plan
The community health plan may be faced with some obstacles which would otherwise reduce its effectiveness. One of the obstacles that the community plan may face is the lack of enough resources for the program. The financial perspective of the scheme may not be sufficient and thus may be a barrier to the effective community health plan. On the other hand, the parents may not let their children be engaged in the community health plan due to risks that would be involved. The exercises included may result in risks such as injuries to the children and thus
Evaluation of the Plan
It is important to evaluate the plan and examine how effective the program has been. The feedback from parents can be obtained describing the progress that they have noted from the children. With the children reducing their weight and having healthier lifestyles, then it is evident that the plan has been successful and helped the children in reducing their weight. Moreover, the overall practices that the children will adapt to regarding exercises designed to reduce the cases of obesity would mean the plan was successful
Babey, S. H., Wolstein, J., Diamant, A. L., Bloom, A., & Goldstein, H. (2012). Overweight and obesity among children by California cities–2010. UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and California Center for Public Health Advocacy. From http://healthpolicy.ucla.edu/publications/Documents/PDF/children2010fs-jun2012.PDF
Schwarte, L., Samuels, S. E., Capitman, J., Ruwe, M., Boyle, M., & Flores, G. (2010). The Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program: changing nutrition and physical activity environments in California’s heartland. American journal of public health, 100(11), 2124-2128. From https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2951953/pdf/2124.pdf