The Connection Between Diabetes and Suburban Sprawl

The Connection Between Diabetes and Suburban Sprawl

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Option #1: The Connection Between Diabetes and Suburban Sprawl

Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission.

Consider the multidisciplinary interactions of biological and social sciences as presented in Chapters 2 and 3 of Key Concepts of Public Health. With this in mind, perform an episode analysis of the information delivered in this episode about the connection between diabetes and suburban sprawl, as discussed in the text.

Designing Healthy Communities , Episode 1 (Links to an external site.)

Watch the video and look at the suggestions there for improving health in your own community. Once you are satisfied with your review of the episode, write an essay that addresses the following questions (be sure to answer all six questions) :

1. Begin by summarizing the episode in 100 words or less.

2. Relate the information from this episode to what you learned in Chapters 2 and 3 of your textbook, Key Concepts in Public Health. What specific public health disciplines mentioned in these chapters of your textbook are related to the information presented in the video and why?

3. Critique the information. Do you feel that the information presented is valid and easy to understand?

4. What information does the episode offer about public-health problems? Consider, for example: whether it provides details on how public health can be characterized and measured; and whether it describes common hazards and afflictions affecting modern Americans and American communities.

5. What information does the episode offer about the nature of communities? Consider whether it provides details on how communities may be altered to improve public health.

6. What information was missing from the episode? How could the content be improved? What would you like to see in future episodes?

Instructions:

· Write a 2-3-page paper not including the title and reference pages, which are required.

· The paper must be formatted correctly using APA style. Remember, all research material used in your paper must be paraphrased and include an in-text citation.

· Your paper must be properly cited and formatted according to APA formatting

· Be sure you utilize your text appropriately as a reference and cite at least one other credible external reference such as a website or journal article to support your proposed resolution of the case.

Option #2: Designing Healthy Communities for our Future Generations

Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission.

Consider the multidisciplinary interactions of biological and social sciences as presented in Chapters 2 and 3 of Key Concepts in Public Health. With this in mind, perform an episode analysis of the information delivered in this episode about the future that our children face and how we can build healthier communities for them, as discussed in the text.

Designing Healthy Communities, Episode 2 (Links to an external site.)

Watch the video and look at the suggestions there for improving health in your own community. Once you are satisfied with your review of the episode, write an essay that addresses the following questions (be sure to answer all six questions):

1. Begin by summarizing the episode in 100 words or less.

2. Relate the information from this episode to what you learned in Chapters 2 and 3 of your textbook, Key Concepts in Public Health. What specific public health disciplines mentioned in Chapter 2 and 3 of your textbook are related to the information presented in the video and why?

3. Critique the information. Do you feel that the information presented is valid and easy to understand?

4. What information does the episode offer about public-health problems? Consider, for example: whether it provides details on how public health can be characterized and measured; and whether it describes common hazards and afflictions affecting modern Americans and American communities.

5. What information does the episode offer about the nature of communities? Consider whether it provides details on how communities may be altered to improve public health.

6. What information was missing from the episode? How could the content be improved? What would you like to see in future episodes?

Instructions:

· Write a 2-3-page paper, not including the title and reference pages, which are required.

· The paper must be formatted correctly using APA style. Remember, all research material used in your paper must be paraphrased and include an in-text citation.

· Your paper must be properly cited and formatted according to the APA formatting

· Be sure you utilize your text appropriately as a reference and cite at least one other credible external reference such as a website or journal article to support your proposed resolution of the case.

Sample Paper

The Connection Between Diabetes and Suburban Sprawl

Episode one begins by discussing the negative effects of an immobile society, how people today exercise less, and are developing disabilities like diabetes. The video ends with two recent development projects that center people’s daily needs, this allows people to use automobiles less and walk more to accomplish their daily tasks. In addition, the video connects the town center project with a story of how Atlanta is revitalizing their ancient rail system to give people more access to public transportation, walking paths and biking paths. The focus of the video is improving health by changing todays common life style.

Global Health

Chapter 2 of the text book Global public health: Ecological foundations, there is mention of the biological environment. Regarding how important it is for humans to live in unity with nature. The video sheds light on some very staggering statistics, for example, twenty-five million Americans are diabetics and worse than that seventy-nine million Americans are pre-diabetics, not to mention the billions spent annually on diabetes (CSUGlobal Multimedia Team, 2013). Another topic discussed in the video is the effect of removing the trees to build roads and parking lots for automobiles. This removes clean air producing trees and replaces them with toxic air creating vehicles. This decision created much more smog for the residents of Atlanta and many other cities across America, which in turn created many more health problems for these citizens as well. In addition, it is explained in the video that people change their environment to fit the current needs. This is demonstrated through a brief history lesson in the video and is better explained in words from the textbook.

The most evident health discipline mentioned in both the book and the video is the effects of the physical environment. The geological structures, water quality and the air quality mentioned earlier are all mentioned in both sources, but the video focuses more on built environments like buildings, playgrounds, parks, transportation etc. These things have a significant impact on the health of the people living in these communities.

Valid and Easy to Understand Information

I believe the information presented in the video (episode 1) is very easy to understand. The validity of the video is hard to say, the viewer is taking the people speaking in the videos word. There are some compelling statistics and development projects that can be checked for validity. In addition to the statistics and projects mentioned the other information regarding the history of communities, etc. seems to be in line with the textbook.

Public Health Problems

The video offers many ideas about the public health problems found in many American cities. One such solution is to build communities in such a way the they are near places of interest. In fact, they should almost be one in the same, residential properties should literally be built on top of offices, restaurants and shopping. This is in stark contrast to what was thought of as a clever idea thirty to forty years ago. Then communities, shopping, and office/slaughter houses/work were all isolated from one another. The car becoming more affordable was the principal reason behind this change. With the automobile in almost every household, areas could separate and spread out more. There should be better means of transport other than using a personal automobile. This is not only important for the environment but it is also key to creating healthier lifestyles and habits for the residents. This change alone would reduce many health problems that are associated with the common American city today.

Nature of Communities

The focus of the video seemed to be the nature of the communities and how changes in the community can alter public health of the people. The information offered details the path that history has put people on and the different living conditions throughout history. For example, in the 1800’s people lived in cities and not outside of the city walls. This was required to provide an easier way of life. This is true due to the fact there was no easy, affordable or convenient way to travel large distances (CSUGlobal Multimedia Team, 2013). In the early 1900’s the automobile for the everyday man was developed, this allowed mass transit outside of cities where people could escape the bustle of the city. This movement naturally spread cities out as people began purchasing large areas of land with larger homes, that in the past were only available to the rich. The problem that America is facing now is that those communities that were built in the sixties and seventies are full of the elderly. The elderly consists of people who may not be able to drive for a host of reasons, this reason turns their homes into a type of prison for them as they are not capable of leaving. The solution for this is the all in one living communities mentioned in the text (CSUGlobal Multimedia Team, 2013).

The video goes on to state and give reasons as to why that method and way of life is not healthy either. It also states what things can be done and are being done today to correct this issue. Projects like transforming the Villa Italia in Colorado transformed a dead mall into an urban center. Some things that still need improving is the zoning laws around America, these laws make suburban communities single family dwellings only and this isolates the elderly and teens that live in these communities.

Improvement of Future Episodes

There is very little left out of this episode from what the viewer can tell. Some things that could be added in would be more detail on how the development planning process timeline took shape, for example the setup of a development with the scope of work involved in something like Villa Italia. In addition, how many projects like Villa Italia never make it to reality because of funding, politics, etc. Also, how many developments are completed but are failures and why.

Conclusion

Overall the video was very informative. It was great shock how prominent diabetes is and how severe it can be as well. It really makes a person look back on their life choices and re-think them to improve their future. It was also nice to see how some communities across the country are using a negative like dead malls and turning them into a positive for the community. The information presented in this video does not currently exist in the main stream media.

References

CSUGlobal Multimedia Team (Aug. 28, 2013). Ep 01. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ttyE7ZnupY

White, F., Stallones, L., & Last, J. (2013). Global Public Health: Ecological Foundations (1st Ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.