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Addressing dietary intake based on caloric value, finding ways to increase physical activity and making health food choices are the most important points to include in a public nutrition program. Low-income or minority groups has a lack of education or resources to this information and this contributes to obesity and poor nutrition.
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There should be promotion to eat more lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates. Increasing physical activity can work to decrease body weight and fat percentages, but there must also be careful attention paid to the number of calories taken in. With low-income or minority groups, most foods that are easily accessible or low in cost are highly processed and unhealthy. This can lead to obesity, illness and disease later in life. “Finding ways to increase physical activity across all age groups is important for public health, but options for increasing energy expenditure through physical activity may be limited in low- and middle-income countries” (Popkin & Adair, 2012).
We must actively share resources that are easily accessible to these populations to combat this problem. There are many resources to aid in healthy eating. The ones that come to mind are Choosemyplate.gov and the WIC program for women and children. These are of particular interest to me because I have used both resources and WIC promotes the use of Choosemyplate.gov for educating its participants. Coming from the background that I do, these resources were valuable to me years ago because I was a young, Hispanic, single mother with a limited income. These resources are easily accessible and provide the education that minorities and low-income families need to make healthy decisions.
Popkin, B. M., Adair, L. S., & Ng, S. W. (2012). NOW AND THEN: The Global Nutrition Transition: The Pandemic of Obesity in Developing Countries. Nutrition Reviews. 70(1), 3-21. http:doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-4887.2011.00456.x