Moving upstream to improve population health down the road | HLTH 8050 – Global Health Issues in Disease Prevention | Walden University
1. Increased Access to Nutrition Education: Providing access to nutrition education in schools and communities can help children learn how to make healthy food choices, which can have long-term benefits on population health for chronic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Improved dietary habits have been linked with lower risk of developing many chronic diseases throughout life, making the availability of this kind of education an important step towards improving child health.
2. Physical Activity Promotion Programs: Promoting physical activity among children through programs like after school sports or providing safe places for outdoor play can also lead to long-term improvements in population health for chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke by helping build strong bones and muscles, reducing stress, promoting better sleep and increasing overall fitness levels. With childhood obesity rates continuing to rise, it is increasingly important that we take steps now to promote physical activity among our nation’s youth if we want them to enjoy good long-term health outcomes later in life.