In many communities today there can be found different types of nutrition programs that are funded by various entities such as; non-profit organizations, government agencies etc. These programs are provided mainly to prevent and/ or reduce deprivation for individuals and communities. Even though the aim of these nutrition programs is to foster and maintain health there is still a large portion of these individuals that are malnourished and has still been eating unhealthy foods.
In order to improve and create a healthier lifestyle three very important elements that can be included in a public nutrition program would be education about foods and their nutritional values, Physical ...view middle of the document...
Also children should be encourage to drink milk at school sometimes instead of juice, and include vegetables in their choice of meal daily. If risk factors for certain diseases are identified and are properly implemented and promoted then some of these illnesses can be prevented. Obesity and many chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, are preventable (CDC 2014).
In 2014 the CDC awarded millions of dollars to specific geographic areas in an attempt to improve health in theses communities. With this funding they were able to implement certain strategies to promote health and wellness. These strategies promote nutrition guidelines that encourages the provision of healthy food and drinks to be available in schools and workplaces; they introduce physical education classes for children in school; and mandate the communities to increase their number of multi-disciplinary team members to better support patients and help them to manage their chronic diseases.
Two nutritional education community resources are; the Food stamp program and the WIC program. The food stamp program was implemented to improve the diets of families with low income. Help is provided by allotting funds to buy food only. There is effort being made to increase the provision of nutrition education. The WIC program supplements nutrition for the pregnant mothers and provide for the mother and children up to a certain age. Education is provided during visits to the prenatal appointments and after the child is born.