Nutbeam and Harris Planning Model
Obesity poses health danger to the community as well as the government. It is therefore crucial to find ways to intervene before the situation get out of hand. In the United Kingdom, children obesity has risen beyond 10.8 per cent. This is an alarming rate that is worrying to the government due to health implication associated to obesity (Nutbeam and Harris 305). To solve the problem we apply the nutbeam and Harris planning model that entails five steps which are outlined below.
The first step is to define the problem. The problem we are facing is child obese who are below the age of twelve. They are prone to consuming junk foods that deteriorates their health status (London Government UK). Failure to exercise also increases the chances of developing heart diseases in children. Parent’s failure to observe health diet for their children accelerates the condition. This act has instigated health issues in the offspring who suffer multiple heath problems.
Generating a Solution
The second stage is where a solution is generated. Health practitioners will hold meetings with parents in different localities to sensitize health issues amongst children. Meetings will be held in schools and churches. The objective of the programme is to improve the health standard of children in our community by tackling obesity. Stakeholders for the programme include health practitioners, community health workers, parents and teachers. Qualitative and quantitative strategies will be applied in collecting and analyzing data collected from the stakeholders.
Mobilization of resources involves partnering with community health organization in the location in tackling the problem. The programme will be incorporated into other government programme’s for funding and generating political support. Health practitioners will hold a maximum of ten meetings within a month for a period of one year. In some instances, visiting deprived areas in the community living in the United Kingdom will help determine the authenticity of data collected. Public meetings will also be held between different stages in the programme.
Implementing the Programme
All the stakeholders meet to discuss the appropriate approach to the problem. This involves visiting homes of deprived families and at the same time holding meetings with representative from different groups in the community (Nutbeam and Harris 308). This move will generate ideological concept in tackling obesity in children. Healthy living and body exercises are essential activities to be emphasized for this section. A list of unhealthy foods with health implication will be discussed at length by health practitioners to the community members. This will help the community to avoid unhealthy living behaviors in their children that accelerates obesity.
This is the last stage in the program. It will involve conducting interviews with the community members to determine changes in public awareness. This will also shed more light on the knowledge acquisition by different stakeholders about the problem at hand (London Government UK). The last evaluation to be done will be looking at government statistic in the health sector after some period of time. If there is a reduction in the number of child obesity then the programme was effective while the vice versa is true. These are key indicators of improvement of the health condition in children and the community at large.
In conclusion, health issue among children is a developing concern for most of the parents and government. Therefore, the problem needs to be contained internally by observing healthy diet and lifestyle among children.
London Government UK. “Mayor Announces Ambitious New Pilots to Tackle Child Obesity Through Schools and Communities.” London City Hall. Greater London Authority, 18 July 2014. Web. 25 May 2015. <https://www.london.gov.uk/media/mayor-press-releases/2014/07/mayor-announces-ambitious-new-pilots-to-tackle-child-obesity>.
Nutbeam, Don, and Elizabeth Harris. Theory in a Nutshell: A Practical Guide to Health Promotion Theories. Sydney: McGraw-Hill, 2010. Print.