An issue of weight Calling all nurses to get healthy and reverse a trend A troubling trend is continuing:
Healthy People USDHHS, identifies specific goals to achieve and promote maintenance of healthy body weight and daily physical activity. Since most children spend a large portion of their day at school, the school is an ideal setting and one of the most efficient systems to reach children and adolescents to provide health services and strategies to prevent overweight and obesity CDC, School nurses are in a position to reach a large number of children and adolescents, and they are able to address the potentially serious health problems that result from overweight and obesity.
Reducing and preventing overweight and obesity at an early age is critical considering the probability that children and adolescents who are overweight or obese will remain so in adulthood NASN, Without intervention, children and adolescents who are overweight or obese could be the first generation to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents NASN, ; Segal et al.
Research studies have demonstrated that school programs are effective in preventing childhood obesity by encouraging healthier diets and increased physical activity Segal et al.
The school nurse can create a culture of health that supports balanced nutrition and physical activity for all students within the school setting.
Overweight and obesity are sensitive issues for students and families and must be addressed with compassion, understanding, and caring NASN, School nurses can promote and implement the following overweight and obesity prevention school-based strategies NASN, School nurses also provide leadership in initiating and leading the school community to influence policy and strategies that address the prevention of overweight and obesity.
School nurses can effectively improve the health of children and their families by promoting the following efforts Alliance for a Healthier Generation, School nurses recognize the positive impact of healthy eating and physical activity on academic success, promote a culture of health and well-being for all students, and have an important role in affecting policy change that will improve the health of our students and communities in which they live.
References Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Role of the school nurse in providing school health services. Pediatrics, 6e Whole school, whole community, whole child, a collaborative approach to learning and health. Youth physical activity guidelines toolkit.
Childhood obesity causes and consequences. Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology, 6 3 The position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Interventions for the prevention and treatment of pediatric overweight and obesity.
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 10 School nurse interventions to promote healthy weight. School nurse childhood obesity toolkit. National Association of School Nurses.Overweight nursing and medical staff should slim, says NHS chief 30 July, By The Press Association Junk food could be off the menu in hospital canteens as overweight doctors and nurses are encouraged to slim down to set a good example to patients.
Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents in schools -The role of the school nurse (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.
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"Considering that more than half of nurses are overweight or obese, increasing availability of healthy food and providing sufficient time to consume it may reduce the risk of obesity and future.
Conversely, 40% of self‐identified overweight and obese nurses indicated that they do eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Therefore, an important area of investigation will evaluate how these nurses define a healthy diet and regular exercise.
"Nurses need to understand the importance of taking care of themselves before patients or their families," Ayoob said.
To combat the high obesity rate among nurses, Kihye Han, the author of the study, proposed more education on good sleep habits, and better strategies for adapting work schedules. Overweight is the new tobacco issue.
From a visual point of view, however- compare the opinions on overweight nurses, to the comments about nurses with tattoos or piercings, and job performance. Many think tattoos and piercings are 'unprofessional'.
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