Hlth 410

Hlth 410

Assignment #2 – Nutrition

Worth – 72 points

Due – Check calendar

Assignment Requirements:

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Paper requirements:

Document must be:

Times New Roman

12 fontDouble spaced

Margins set to 1 inch on all sides (reset your Word default to be 1 inch, not 1.25 inches)

No more than one line total for the header at the top of the page (name, date, class, assignment #), must also be in Times New Roman font

No extra spacing between paragraphs, lines, titles, etc., so set your default to in Format -> Paragraph -> Spacing -> Before: 0, After: 0 double spacing

Save your document with “Name Assignment #” (EXAMPLE: LaPointe Assignment #2)

Assignment must be well organized and include:

Thoughtful introduction with a thesis sentence

Paragraphs making up the body of the paper that address the questions (no extra spaces between paragraphs)

Strong conclusion paragraph to summarize the major themes of the paper

Errors in spelling and grammar will result in a loss of 1 point each

Create at least three pages of text (can be longer), with full references on the fourth page with Your Name, Class (HLTH410), and Assignment # in the header. Use the “insert header.”

Use APA citations in-text like (CDC, 2020) and their full and formal citations on a separate/final page titled “References”

(Again: Assignment must be three complete pages and include a separate final page to list references; creative formatting will not be accepted)


Visit and review the 2 websites below and the 1 Vox video:

World Health Organization (WHO): Malnutrition https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/malnutrition

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Obesity Trends site http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

Vox: Why eating healthy is so expensive in America https://www.vox.com/videos/2018/3/22/17152460/healthy-eating-expensive

Begin with an introduction and thesis regarding nutrition and health

In the body of the document, provide an overview of the information from the sources:

In paragraph form, offer an overview using data from the sources, not generalizations:

Include terms and definitions (not quoted from the dictionary…must be in your own words), explanation of the facts, etc. from websites visited

Who are often affected by under-nutrition? Use statistics from the sources.

Why are those populations often affected by under-nutrition? Be specific. Use statistics from the sources.

Who are often affected by overweight and obesity? Use statistics from the sources.

Why are those populations often affected by overweight and obesity? Be specific. Use statistics from the sources.

Without using “I, we, our, your…” but rather third-person narrative, discuss trends and food deserts in your home town (at least 1 detailed paragraph)

Locate your area on this website and identify the areas of your town that are considered a “low-income, low-access” (LILA or food desert) area: https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-access-research-atlas/go-to-the-atlas/Take a look at this interactive map https://www.unitedforalice.org/louisiana to see the average household demographics in your area

If you live in South Louisiana, look at the file titled “Joint Community Health Needs Assessment” (below Chapter 9 deck) for information on local trends

Note: consider reading the “Items to Contemplate” section at the end of this document. “In Lafayette, access to organic and local produce requires…”

Additional reading: https://thecurrentla.com/2019/food-summit-organizers-want-to-mend-broken-links-in-the-food-chain/Research and explain: The ways that one U.S. organization promotes positive nutrition abroad/in another country outside of the U.S. (must be specific about how the program helps by explaining exactly what they do and cannot be one that just gives canned goods, be more specific)

List at least 3 countries they (the U.S. organization) serve abroad

Research and explain: The ways that one local organization promotes positive nutrition in your community (must be specific about how the program helps by explaining exactly what they do)

Statements like “This program encourages people to practice healthy habits” are insufficient. You must be more specific.

With your input, what are three ways that you could demand the government/NGO health programs to develop/change policies to improve nutrition/eating habits for people in your area? (feel free to carry over to a third page)

Example: Do not write “I could tell people that they need to eat more fruits and vegetables and I could be a good role model.” This statement suggests what a person should do, but does not give them any clues on how to accomplish the task for themselves.

Example: Do write “Health specialists, such as myself, could develop a nutrition curriculum to implement in neighborhoods and then make residents’ choices easier by driving the residents who live farther from fresh produce to and from grocery stores that sell local fruits, vegetables, meats/eggs, and dairy products.”

Concluding paragraph

Note: the ideas above are now common knowledge and students will not receive credit for using the above ideas, but rather need to think of their own three (be specific and think outside of the box)

Do not cut and paste from the websites visited, this is plagiarism. Rephrase all words into your own. More than three words in a row left unchanged is considered plagiarism

Do not use more than 3 lines of quotes in the entire paper

Use APA citations to reference in-text and on the reference page (last page, separate from others)

After uploading to TurnItIn, open your document to make sure that your paper has fully uploaded and that your Originality Report is very low. Please make any changes to your uploaded document as many times as necessary until the deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm the successful upload or post of your paper or forum before the deadline. Please check your work immediately after uploading by re-downloading and opening your uploaded document to make sure all pages uploaded successfully. Failing to upload the document successfully (and checking by downloading and re-opening the paper) prior to the deadline will result in a 0.

Grading Rubric:

Assignment #2 Points

Followed instructions (length, paragraphs, formatting, etc.) 8

Used APA citations correctly 4

Clear introduction (with detailed thesis) and conclusion 8

Used cited information from two websites and one video 9

Local reflection (urban planning and policy recommendations) 11

Assistance to communities to improve health (abroad and local) 13

Clear understanding of material with thoughtful explanations to each prompt 19

Points deducted for each spelling and or grammatical error Total 72

Items to Contemplate:

Do not blame poor health on lack of health education, consider the behavior behind health. View the video https://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-it-s-so-hard-to-make-healthy-decisions-david-asch

In your city, what kinds of food venues are nearby? A Whole Foods? Fresh Market? Local, organic farms that are free of pesticides and easily available to all people? Where is the farmer’s market located? Fresh Pickens? Community gardens? Now, think of areas of town with lower-income residents. Are there fewer stores selling local and fresh fruits, vegetables, hormone free meats/eggs and dairy products? Are there more fast food chains nearby than freshly harvested and seasonal produce? This mapping is not always accurate, but consider this issue.

Contrary to reliable research, many people assume that people with high-income (wealthy people) would have more money to spend on food, allowing them to eat more foods, and thus be obese. This hypothesis is inaccurate for the following reasons:

Most often, and in most American cities, healthy foods (foods that are fresh, locally-farmed, hormone-free, un-caged, chemical-free) are more expensive. It is often the case that local and organic foods cost more money than foods imported to national chains like Walmart or Piggly Wiggly. People with higher-income have more money to choose to spend that money on healthier food options, on exercise options (like a gym membership, trainer, or dietician), or can drive the extra miles to access those resources.

In many cases, low-income Americans have limited access to fresh produce and when they do have access (perhaps at a fast food restaurant, Walmart/Piggly Wiggly/Winn-Dixie), the quality of the produce is often (but not always) weaker because it is more likely to be harvested early to insure it will not be rotten by the time it gets to the store, might be flown in from another country or state, and is sprayed with chemicals to increase the shelf-life (time before it rots), which all decrease the amount of nutritional content within the item

“The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (29.5%), followed by the Midwest (29.0%), the Northeast (25.3%) and the West (24.3%)” (CDC, 2012).

Many readers may be shocked because it is thought that “the food is better in Louisiana than the food in the north and that is why we have high obesity rates.”

The word “better” is not accurate, “better” is a matter of personal preference. Yes, perhaps our food tastes very good, but many foods high in fat, sugars, and salt taste more pleasing to eaters, but are potentially more unhealthy

What kind of culture do we live in? Is it more centered around eating (i.e. Think about your last get-together with friends or family, Did it involve food? Foods high in fats, sugars, or salts? When was the last time you went to meet up with your friends and you ate freshly farmed vegetables? How common is this act?)


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, September 30). Overweight and Obesity. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.htmlSkolnik, Richard. (2021). Global Health 101: Fourth Edition. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett


Sotirovska, D. & Philip, E. (2018, March 22). Why eating healthy is so expensive in America. [Video]. Vox. https://www.vox.com/videos/2018/3/22/17152460/healthy-eating-expensiveUnited Way of Acadiana. (August 2018). Joint Community Health Needs Assessment [PowerPoint slides]. https://moodle.louisiana.edu/pluginfile.php/1204331/mod_resource/content/1/chna-report-final-%28adopted-nov-4-2021%29.pdf

World Health Organization. (2021, June 9). Malnutrition. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/malnutrition