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Healthy People 20/20, Adolescent Health
Team C
Ashley Dittrich, Cynthia Franz, Ayesha Heshaam-Parris,
Yolanda Ramirez, Mary Terry,
Nursing 405
6-25-12
Kathryn Kollowa MSN

Healthy People 20/20, Adolescent Health
Team C has decided to work on Healthy People 20/20, Adolescent Health. Adolescent health is a big concern not only here in the United States but also around the world. The goal of Healthy People 20/20 is to “improve the healthy development, safety, and well-being of adolescents and young adults”. Adolescents and young adults make up 21 percent of the United States. This age group for the most part is healthy, but an increasing issue that surrounds this age group is childhood obesity. Childhood and adolescent obesity has grown considerably in the United States in recent years. Approximately a third percent of children and adolescents are obese. Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but most difficult to treat. “Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year” (“Obesity in children and teens,” 2011, para.1). Overweight children and adolescents are much more likely to become overweight adults unless they adopt and maintain healthier patterns of eating and exercise. Factors contributing to adolescent obesity are inactivity and self esteem issues. Fortunately, adolescents also are in tune to their environmental influences, peer group, school, family, policies, this allows nursing having a positive impact on the adolescents, starting in our own community. Adolescent health is important to address because this age group is going through many changes to include finding their independence, experimentation of themselves (going through puberty) and their environment. According to the Healthy People 2020, there are disparities in the adolescent group of minorities, including African American, Hispanic, and American Indians. Disparities become more apparent when...
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