Goal Statement: To reduce the rates of adult obesity in Sanpete County, Utah.
Significant Findings: Adult obesity in Sanpete County, Utah, has been steadily rising since 2004 (County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, n.d.). Risk factors such as poor diet and lack of physical activity contribute to obesity prevalence. Protective factors are linked to healthy family practices and community support, such as access to healthy foods and recreation. Social cognitive theory is a proven and effective preventative intervention for this population, particularly regarding positive changes in dietary and lifestyle habits (National Cancer Institute, 2005). The Hispanic population in this area is at higher risk due to cultural practices and perspectives, and efforts at prevention should be diversity conscious and culturally relevant. Advocacy measures should include working with institutions to educate and provide resources on obesity. Working with church leaders and employers will create awareness and generate adjustment of cultural norms and practices that contribute to obesity. Lastly, fostering partnerships between individuals, community leaders, and elected officials will help shape public policy to mitigate obesity rates.
- Lobby local governments to build recreational trails for walking, jogging, and biking within city limits.
- Work to create partnerships between individuals, businesses, and community leaders to facilitate availability and access to healthy foods.
- Provide support for local health care centers to dispense resources and educational materials warning of obesity risks and consequences. This could include routine BMI screening and weight management counseling.
- Engage with local church leaders and employers to encourage healthier eating habits within the scope of their respective influence.
- Implement the evidence-based prevention program Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More (FFESMM) to unite church and community leaders in educating and promoting healthier lifestyle practices.