The concern of childhood obesity

The school nurse, Nancy Oswald, is meeting with the school assistant superintendent and a nutritionist to address the concern of childhood obesity. 

 

CASE INTRODUCTION—

In this case, students will assume the role of school nurse and facilitate a system-wide change in a school setting that will target childhood nutrition and childhood obesity. Students will consider concepts including body mass index (BMI) standards and statistics, the system as client, policy change, application of the Public Health Interventions Wheel, interprofessional collaboration, and national initiatives that support changes targeting childhood nutrition and childhood obesity.

 

Case Part 1 (text):As part of a district-wide initiative, school nurses and other Circle County School District personnel have decided to target childhood nutrition and childhood obesity during the upcoming academic year. The district recently conducted BMI screenings on students to identify the numbers of underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese children in the district. The BMI scores for Circle County students are higher than the national averages: Approximately 22% of these students have a BMI greater than or equal to 95%, according to the BMI reference standards of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Case Part 2 (video):The school nurse, Nancy Oswald, is meeting with the school district assistant superintendent and the school’s nutritionist to address the concern of childhood obesity in the district. Nancy must facilitate collaboration and a shared understanding of their joint goal: promoting healthy habits in children in order to decrease the rate of childhood obesity in Circle County Schools. 

 

  1. How do these rates compare with national averages? How do they compare with Healthy People 2020 goals?

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