Selecting a Community/Organization & Current Trend of Interest
In a 3-5 page paper, please identify and describe a community or organization of interest to you, as well as a description of a current trend and how you can use it to benefit this community/organization.
Please be sure to include:
Description of the community or organization of Interest
Description of the Current Trend
Explanation of the health and/or fitness problem in that community or organization
Explanation of the interrelationship between your community/organization and the current health and fitness trend you are reporting on
How you plan on using the current trend/issue to benefit this community/organization
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Wearable Technology among the Non-Hispanic Blacks
Health and wellness are paramount in every country and community. Several communities experience health and wellness issues differently. The non-Hispanic blacks are a community in the US with a high number of obesity cases. Forty-nine percent of the Non-Hispanic black community experiences the obesity health issue. According to Thompson (2018), wearable technology is the top fitness trend that can help address obesity among non-Hispanic black adults. This paper addresses how wearable technology can help reduce the cases of obesity among non-Hispanic black adults.
Obesity is a health condition that occurs when a person develops excess body weight and fat. It is a common and severe health condition that causes deaths. Obesity is related to stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Obesity occurs due to high amounts of calories that cannot be burned through daily activities. The diets that have high calories result in obesity. Most people in the US consume foods and diets with high calories. Due to less physical activity, people tend not to burn calories at work. Their physical activities consume few calories leaving behind large amounts that cause obesity.
Some diseases and medications are also responsible for obesity. Not all people develop obesity from their eating habits. Conditions such as Crushing syndrome Prader-Willi syndrome cause obesity. Diseases such as arthritis reduce activity and lead to a higher amount of unused calories resulting in weight gain. Some medications require compensation through activities and diets to avoid weight gain. Some medications that increase weight are anti-seizure medications, diabetes medications, antidepressants, steroids, antipsychotic medications, and beta-blockers.
Description of the Current Trend
The fitness wearable technology helps in tracking workouts. Researchers predict that wearable technology will dominate since it is currently the top fitness trend. The growth of wearable technology is attributed to increased awareness of the importance of health and fitness (Wu and Luo 2019). Access to information has left many people informed on how they should keep fit and monitor their health. Wearables such as smartwatches are used to stream and follow workouts. They also help track the progress, provide insights about health status, and offer recovery tips. With the existence of viruses such as the COVID 19, virtual workouts have become an option.
Why this Trend is Appropriate for this Organization/Community
With the high number of cases of obesity among non-Hispanic black adults, wearable technology will be appropriate in dressing the health issue. The increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity issues is constant and goes hand in hand with weight gain. Physical inactivity and obesity result in impaired function and chronic diseases. The non-Hispanic community, with the help of wearable technology, will be able to engage in regular exercise programs and moderate-intensity activities that will maintain the energy balance and, hence, prevent excess weight gain.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a physical activity program and a behavior guide that helps deal with obesity. WHO recommends 150-300 minutes of moderate physical activities and 75-150 minutes of vigorous physical activities in a week. Adherence to these recommendations prevents metabolic and cardiovascular diseases and excess weight (“Physical activity,” 2022). Wearable technology plays a central role in adhering to the recommendations. Suppose many members of the non-Hispanic black community utilize wearable technology in adhering to the WHO recommendations. In that case, they are likely to achieve their physical exercise targets hence reducing the cases of obesity and other complicated health conditions associated with excess weight.
The Interrelationship between the Community and the Current Health and Fitness Trend
The non-Hispanic blacks are 12.8 percent of the US population. This minority community often faces a challenge in access to healthcare services. For example, in 2019, fifty-five percent of the population relied on private insurance while forty-three percent relied on public health insurance. Ten percent of the population were uninsured. These statistics indicate the challenge of access to healthcare. The current trend of wearable technology will help address the healthcare issues related to obesity (DiPietro and Stachenfeld, 2017). Embracing the health and fitness trend will address the existing gaps in access to quality healthcare services.
How I Plan to use the Current Trend/Issue to benefit this Community/Organization
Creating awareness on the availability and the types of wearables will go a long way in ensuring that a larger population utilizes the devices for their health. Various devices will work differently with everyone. I intend to inform them about the available devices and how they work. Using the available statistics, I will reach out to various patients and recommend a specific wearable that will be ideal in helping them out of obesity and other chronic diseases related to excess weight.
The advancement in technology has contributed positively to healthcare. The non-Hispanic black adult’s benefit from wearable technology in dealing with obesity and other chronic diseases associated with excess weight gain. In the recent past, the non-Hispanic black community has registered the highest percentage of obesity cases. This community will benefit from wearable technology in reducing the causes of obesity. The community will embrace and benefit from wearables with deliberate efforts such as creating awareness and informing them about all the available wearables.
In conclusion, the current trends in health and fitness can contribute to improved quality of healthcare in a community. The non-Hispanic black community can get a solution to their healthcare problem of obesity. The current wearable technology trend to work out will be an ideal solution for non-Hispanic black adults.
Cruz, A. L. (2020). Obesity in the United States of America.
DiPietro, L., & Stachenfeld, N. S. (2017). Exercise treatment of obesity. Endotext [Internet]. 1137. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/books/NBK278961/
Physical activity. Who. int. (2022). Retrieved 23 March 2022, from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/physical-activity.
Thompson, W. R. (2018). A worldwide survey of fitness trends for 2019. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 22(6), 10-17. https://journals.lww.com/acsm-healthfitness/FullText/2018/11000/WORLDWIDE_SURVEY_OF_FITNESS_TRENDS_FOR_2019.6.aspx
Wu, M., & Luo, J. (2019). Wearable technology applications in healthcare: a literature review. Online J. Nurs. Inform, 23(3).