Blood Pressure And Hypertension: A Case Study

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In a randomized controlled trial, “The panel reviewed RCT evidence to determine the effect of weight loss on blood pressure and hypertension, serum/plasma lipid concentrations, and fasting blood glucose and fasting insulin” (Pi-Sunyer, 1998). In particular with hypertension, Weight loss is highly recommended to lower elevated levels blood pressure in obese people. “There is strong and consistent evidence from these lifestyle trials in both overweight hypertensive and nonhypertensive patients that weight loss produced by lifestyle modifications reduces blood pressure levels” (Pi-Sunyer, 1998). Weight loss can be categorized through different therapies that will reach an end result. The first form of therapy is physical activity, where the individual …show more content…
In clarity, nutrition education is defined as “any combination of educational strategies designed to facilitate voluntary adoption of food choices and other food- and nutrition related behaviors conducive to health and well-being; . . . it is delivered through multiple venues and involves activities at the individual, community, and policy levels" (USDA). Parents are responsible for the food that their children eat, but an educated child will be able to determine the difference between a balanced meal and an unhealthy one. "Well-designed and effectively implemented nutrition education can motivate those participating to change dietary behaviors and provide them with the knowledge and skills to make healthy food choices in the context of their lifestyles and economic resources" (USDA, 2010). To define effective nutrition education, multiple components must be included into the facilitation. The first task for the educator is to focus on skill building, to encourage positive behavior change. The second task is to consider environmental and policy changes within the community to make healthy choices accessible and feasible. Lastly, the educator must integrated individualized initiatives and use marketing to build a community support system for the participants. This education will help consumers select healthier and nutritious foods through skills, …show more content…
The African American community highly depends on SNAP, which is formally known as Food Stamps. The Food Stamp Act was designed in 1964 to help feed people in need. At the time that the act was established, our nation was experiencing dietary problems due to starvation. Now in 2015, our nation is facing a similar health concern but it regards obesity. To alleviate regarding obesity, New York state proposed an initiative to eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from being purchased with Food Stamps. In a controversial decision, the US Department of Agriculture denied New York’s request to conduct this pilot project with SNAP. Following New York’s proposal, several other states have requested a similar permission and have urged Congress to grant more flexibility to set standards on what can or cannot be purchased through the program assistance. To further explain their decision of denying these requests, the USDA released a statement, “(1) the city’s retailers may not be prepared to implement the new policy, (2) a clear system had not been established to determine which products would be affected, and (3) the proposal lacked rigorous methods to assess changes in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption resulting from the new policy and the effects of those changes on obesity and health.” (Brownell, 2011). The controversy that the USDA would face is much greater than just banning

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