Morehead State University

Poster Title

Diversity: A Key to Healthy Living in the Appalachian Region: STUDY 1 (Smith): A Lifetime of Healthy Living: Unifying Awareness of Healthy Living Among Appalachia’s Diversified Community

Institution

Morehead State University

Abstract

Childhood obesity rates in Kentucky, including Rowan County, are much higher than the national average, with the Centers for Disease Control reporting nearly 36% of children are obese. Childhood obesity leads to numerous chronic health problems including hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. Remaining obese into adulthood leads to further health decline and increases the likelihood of lifelong health problems. Nutrition and physical activity are essential to the prevention of chronic health problems, but creating shared perceptions of healthy lifestyles remains at the forefront of the nation’s healthcare challenges. Change is clearly necessary, but how can this change be respectful of diversity and yet create unity in understanding of wellness issues? This study examined the potential for health and physical education in an after school program setting to improve awareness and practice of healthy life style choices among the region’s youth.

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Diversity: A Key to Healthy Living in the Appalachian Region: STUDY 1 (Smith): A Lifetime of Healthy Living: Unifying Awareness of Healthy Living Among Appalachia’s Diversified Community

Childhood obesity rates in Kentucky, including Rowan County, are much higher than the national average, with the Centers for Disease Control reporting nearly 36% of children are obese. Childhood obesity leads to numerous chronic health problems including hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. Remaining obese into adulthood leads to further health decline and increases the likelihood of lifelong health problems. Nutrition and physical activity are essential to the prevention of chronic health problems, but creating shared perceptions of healthy lifestyles remains at the forefront of the nation’s healthcare challenges. Change is clearly necessary, but how can this change be respectful of diversity and yet create unity in understanding of wellness issues? This study examined the potential for health and physical education in an after school program setting to improve awareness and practice of healthy life style choices among the region’s youth.