Karen Milen

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The prevalence of childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. The long-term health problems and co-morbidities that are associated with obesity and increased Body Mass Index (BMI) are numerous and well documented. Recommendations from Healthy People 2020, a government program designed to provide a comprehensive set of disease prevention and health promotion objectives for the nation (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010) include “Nutrition and Weight Status” as one of the focus areas. Healthy People 2020 also have a list of Leading Health Indicators which will be used to measure the health of the Nation over the next 10 years. One of the Leading Health Indicators is “Nutrition and Weight Status”. The objective of the teaching plan for the Benton Boys & Girls club is to provide information and education regarding healthy food choices. With an increased knowledge of healthy food choices versus unhealthy food choices, the children attending the Benton Boys & Girls Club will be better equipped to make healthier food choices and decrease their chances of being obese.

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