In your responses to Adreanna and April post, examine the intervention or prevention strategy they identified. Discuss whether you think the strategy identified would work in your chosen community. Be sure to justify your answer.
One healthy behavior that is being supported in my local community is mental and behavioral health. In 2018, Govenor Baker of Boston signed into law the Community Behavioral Health Promotion and Prevention Comission. “The commission is charged with working to promote positive mental, emotional and behavioral health and early intervention for persons with a mental illness, and to prevent substance use disorders among residents of the Commonwealth.” (Community Behavioral Health Promotion, 2021). The push of focus on behavioral health in the Commonwealth came after a report in 2016 that identified mental health, along with substance abuse as a major issue in the community. Since the promotion and prevention commission the Massachuesetts Association for Mental Health has begun targetting areas that have proven to have disparities among their access to mental health services.
This prevention strategy for childhood obesity really grabs the problem at it’s source, the real, teach the fisherman how to fish concept. If we can teach them and give them the tools on how to eat, move, reduce stress, and sleep better we can combat obesity from early on. Children face the same struggles we do with obesity and excess weight, this opens up for other comorbidities like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and depression. The New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center with the emphasis on minimally processed foods, and a low glycemic diet, with a focus on foods that do not spike blood sugar and insulin, aiming to to maintain overall health and weight loss (Boston Children’s Hospital, 2021). Since 2017, this organization provides a fit kit focusing on 5 main areas of health: nutrition, fitness, stress, sedentary life and sleep (Boston Children’s Hospital, 2021). The Fit Kit employs concepts like Youtube educational videos, trackers, physical programs to get kids moving, visualizations on what should each plate of food should incorporate, how to pair foods when hungry and to rethink your drink and promotes drinking water (Boston Children’s Hospital, 2021).