Promoting Healthy Diet among Children

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HEALTH PRACTICES

PromotingHealthy Diet among Children

ProjectExplanation Memo

Audience

Parentsare the primary care givers to their children. They select ordetermine the diet for their children depending on the informationthey have at hand. Therefore, lack of adequate information orpossession of inaccurate information wills always results into awrong diet for their children. Therefore, the primary audience ofthis advocacy plan is the parents livingwith children at the homesteads.The advocacy plan will also target other care givers in residentialinstitution where children live. This includes decision makers inlearning institutions and children homes which have an influence onthe children diet. Statistics indicate that children from poorfamilies are more venerable to bad diets resulting into malnutritionand obesity. Additionally, parents in poor neighborhood are lessinformed about the right diet for their children. Therefore, theadvocacy plan will mainly target audience from poor neighborhoods andlow income families.

Context

Thereis a growing concern about the diet of children in the modernsociety. Poor diet has an influence on the development on thechildren and can result into major health complications. Today,childhood obesity which is associated with poor diet is one of themajor health care concerns. This is due to the numerous killerdiseases that emerge as a result of obesity. However, children havepoor diet because of lack of information or wrong information amongthe parents and guardians. Parents continue to give the wrong diet totheir children because of lack of information or having the wronginformation. Nutritionistshave supported an initiative on strategies that improve nutrition aswell as the physical activities amongst American children throughinvolving the State’s public health body in its operations. Thehealth organization bodies have significant tasks to establishpromotional or awareness programs to children through their parents,in ensuring that they adhere to proper nutrition and physicalactivities that will reduce high rates of diseases and deaths thatoccur from chronic diseases. This advocacy plan identifies theinformation gap and seeks to provide correct information on childrendiet.

Content

Themain contents of the advocacy plan include the negative impacts ofpoor diet and the benefits children can obtain from a healthy diet. The advocacy plan will aim at discouraging overindulgence on highlyprocessed food and promote the consumption of fruits and vegetablesamong children. Whenchildren are encouraged to consume at least three servings ofvegetables and two servings of fruits every day, the majority of themwill not be exposed to the vulnerable effects of unhealthy habits.Communityassessments to help in determining the dietary habits residents dopractice and come up with the preventive measures that will helpchildren live healthier lives will also be part of the advocacy plan.

Media/mode

Themain aspect of the advocacy plan is how parents and other audiencewillget full information about healthier eating habits that theirchildren should adopt. The media through which the information willreach the intended audience in therefore a critical aspect ofadvocacy plan. Awareness will beaddresedthrough incorporating nurses and parents in ensuring that childrenhave the right diet. Education programs such as seminars can beorganized where nurses who have specialized in children nutrition caneducate parent, children and the community at large in healthy eatinghabits and the adverse effects of poor diet and resultant childhoodmalnutrition and obesity. Regional campaigns will also be a centralstrategy in promoting health living in children. The use of printedmaterials or graphics in posters which can be distributed to parentscan give useful tips on the management of children diet. The plan canalso incorporate adverts in the mass media in the campaigns to reacha larger audience.