According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. The prevalence of Childhood Obesity is on the rise. This course will focus on childhood obesity in underserved and underinsured populations, the role of affordable healthy food options, health consequences, how cultural factors may influence childhood obesity, the role environment and poverty has played in this epidemic and prevention strategies. We will discuss various public health programs in place to help decrease incidence of childhood obesity and discuss how public health professionals can contribute. This course will also discuss how clinicians and public health professionals can approach these topics with patients and clients and increase self-confidence and self-efficacy toward living healthier lives. Open to graduate students only, open to PHP, Worcester MPH, online MPH-nutrition, and DNP/MS nursing students only until July 3.
Public Health and Childhood Obesity
Monday, June 5, 2017 to Monday, September 18, 2017