Date of Graduation

Summer 8-27-2014

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

Childhood Obesity and diabetes is on the rise and the health risk for developing various diseases is a major public health issue. This paper examines the public health issue on childhood obesity and diabetes. This paper explains the importance and magnitude of this problem by providing statistics, research efforts, educational efforts and the importance of preventing childhood obesity and diabetes. The paper will summarize, explain observations and provide insight on fieldwork completed through a project called The Food Education Project. The project focuses on addressing the major public health problem through educating children and adolescents on health, nutrition, food and the environment. The project also focuses on improving the resources and tools that are currently in place in preventing this epidemic. This paper will also address current statics provided by various institutions.

Keywords: childhood obesity, diabetes, nutrition, health, enviornement

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