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  1. Introduction
  2. Brief literature review
  3. A brief look at program examples
  4. Key elements of proposed program
    1. The need for the parents involvement
    2. A supportive environment
  5. Proposed program
  6. Reaching out to those not directly involved
  7. Workshop outline: Parents
    1. Healthy habits at home
  8. Workshop outline: Teachers
    1. Healthy habits in the classroom
  9. Conclusion
  10. References

It will come as no surprise to most people reading this that sixteen percent of adolescents living in the United States meet the criteria for obesity. If it's not a surprise then why does the problem persist? Why isn't someone doing something? It all boils down to accountability. Society blames the parents, parents blame the media, and the media blames the schools that harbor the evil snack machines. In fact, all three of those parties are both correct and incorrect. It's a working transacting system between all three as well as other factors that weren't topping the list of quick scapegoats. Children don't only learn what is taught in school or only learn from television or only learn from their parents. They are constantly absorbing information from each of these sources and what they understand from all of it is what informs their decisions. This paper aims to propose a program that will address the many risk factors of obesity and integrate all of the mentioned information systems to promote a healthy lifestyle particularly in middle school students.

[...] Obesity isn't a simple psychosocial barrier to learning. It has many layers that interact with one another to complicate research, results and interventions. I believe that the RUN! program is ideal because it incorporates aspects of the Social Emotional Learning Framework, it provides continuity by involving parents as partners in learning and instead of focusing only on the issue of obesity, it considers the underlying issues of stress and self esteem. The RUN! program is well informed by current research and with a little bit of time and effort can be incorporated into any school environment. [...]


[...] Based on the evidence if these adolescents are engaged in this program and have the continuity of the parental involvement that leads to promotion of these healthy habits in home as well as in school their self esteem will increase, their stress levels will decrease, and as a result their grades will increase. Reaching Out to Those Not Directly Involved: Along with this program parents who are not involved should also have the opportunity to become aware of these issues that their children are facing. [...]


[...] W., Lewin, D., Zeller, M., McCabe, M., MacLeod, K., Daniels, S. R., et al. (2007). Sleep in overweight adolescents: Shorter sleep, poorer sleep quality, sleepiness, and sleep-disordered breathing. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.Special Issue: Pdiatric Overweight, 69-79. Goldfinger, J. Z., Arniella, G., Wylie-Rosett, J., & Horowitz, C. R. (2008). Project HEAL: Peer education leads to weight loss in harlem. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 180-192. Robinson, S. (2006). Victimization of obese adolescents. The Journal of School Nursing, 201-206. Viera, P. H. (2006). [...]

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