Laying the Foundation for a Health Promotion Program


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Laying the Foundation for a Health Promotion Program

Part 1

The health problem is nutrition and weight status. Citizens are often engaged in unhealthy eating habits not aware of the inherent risks. There are established health benefits of eating a balanced diet and maintaining the right body weight. Unhealthy eating habits lead to many diseases. According to Healthy People.gov, some of the diseases associated with unbalanced nutrition include: overweight and obesity, malnutrition, iron-deficiency anemia, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, oral disease, diverticular disease, dyslipidemia, osteoporosis, constipation and some of the cancers. Among these, overweight and obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes are prevalent. If not checked, unhealthy eating habits will continue to cause many preventable deaths. More so, diseases associated with poor eating habits will continue to consume a significant percentage of the United States health budget.

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