Risk Factors Affecting Childhood Obesity: A Preliminary Study

Tyler Tapps, Tim Baghurst

Abstract


Knowledge of nutrition, such as servings per day, naming fruits and vegetables, and how food gives energy, are important to learn in promoting a healthier lifestyle. Health educators should be using methods to ensure that students have knowledge of what should and should not be put into their bodies. This is important as their family may not have the education to know what their child’s nutritional needs are (Baskale & Bahar, 2011). Therefore, the purpose of this article is to present a review of school nutrition education interventions in Oklahoma before providing a two-lesson plan to educate elementary children on nutritional topics. In addition, this article provides an effective method for assessing the effectiveness of the lesson plans, which are easily integrated into other subjects such as math and reading. Lessons and assessments are provided with an explanation of how they should be used in order to determine improvement of children’s nutritional knowledge immediately following the lessons as well as long-term.

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