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Obesity 2018: The Aruba Project, a road map for population approach to combating obesity- Richard W M visser- American college of sports Medicine, Aruba

Journal of Obesity and Therapeutics.

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Obesity 2018: The Aruba Project, a road map for population approach to combating obesity- Richard W M visser- American college of sports Medicine, Aruba

Obesity as a disease has reached historical, maximal peakvalues , with nearly one-third of the world’s population suffering from obesity and obesity-related conditions. We are now witnessing the impact of this epidemic upon the worldwide health status, with non-communicable diseases on the increase . We have also witnessed the shortcomings and failures of past actions taken when obesity is already present. In Aruba, a prevalence of 36% of childhood obesity was found in 2005, with a bent to extend as compared to the info before 2000. Actions to enhance heathy eating habits, reduce sedentary lifestyle and enable a social environment to stop obesity were administered during a systematic plan within the period from 2009–2013 and a positive change was observed within the incidence of obesity compatible with complete deceleration of the epidemic and improvement in health indicators. Through the lessons learned from the project as executed in Aruba, we demonstrate how a specific road map can be developed, implemented and highlysuccessful in addressing the obesity epidemic. The roadmap includes the followingsteps: a population all basis-line study, an awareness campaign, an approved action plan by the stakeholders and Government, changes in infrastructure, the creation of an institute to market a healthylifestyle, an introduction to the ‘Exercise is Medicine’ initiative, and a study of progress with ongoing monitoring. Those who are giving the presentation the focused childhood obesity amongvarious populations . Those working in consultation with other international experts. They are studied the matter and implemented solutions from many perspectives: as a clinical researcher, academic and educator, activist and politician, entrepreneur, concerned citizen and parent. His work has made vital contributions to a greater understanding of the biological, sociological, and psychological factors surroundingchildhood obesity. Earlyin 2008, he was appointed bythe Government of Aruba to head the Obesity TaskForce, and a year later, he began his four-year term 2009-2013 as Minister of Health, and Sport for Aruba. Today, he continues his innovative approach as CEO of VERA Health and Education.Obesity as a disease has reached historical, maximal peakvalues, with nearly one-third of the world’s population sufferingfrom obesity and obesity-related conditions. We are now witnessingthe impact of this epidemic upon the worldwide health status, with non-communicable diseases on the increase . We have also witnessed the shortcomings and failures of past actions taken when obesityis already present. In Aruba, a prevalence of 36% ofchildhood obesity was found in 2005, with a bent to extend as compared to the info before 2000. Actions to enhance heathy eating habits, reduce sedentarylifestyle and enable a social environment to stop obesity were administered during a systematic plan within the period from 2009–2013 and a positive change was observed within the incidence of obesitycompatible with complete deceleration of the epidemic and improvement in health indicators. Through the lessons learned from the project as executed in Aruba, we demonstrate how a specific road map can be developed, implemented and highlysuccessful in addressingthe obesity epidemic. The roadmap includes the followingsteps: a population all basis-line study, an awareness campaign, an approved action plan bythe stakeholders and Government, changes in infrastructure, the creation of an institute to market a healthylifestyle, an introduction to the ‘Exercise is Medicine’ initiative, and a study of progress with ongoing monitoring. Richard W MVisser DC, PhD has focused on the pandemic ofchildhood obesity amongvarious populations, workingin consultation with other international experts. He studied the matter and implemented solutions from many perspectives: as a clinical researcher, academic and educator, activist and politician, entrepreneur, concerned citizen and parent. His work has made vital contributions to a greater understanding of the biological, sociological, and psychological factors surroundingchildhood obesity. Earlyin 2008, he was appointed bythe Government of Aruba to head the Obesity Task Force, and a year later, he began his four-year term 2009-2013 as Minister of Health, and Sport for Aruba. I attended my 1st professional conference, the conference based on obesity and Eating Disorders. the conferences I was attending last two years, I was giddy at the prospect of attending the conference and interacting with other people . Even though I’m not in academics or pursuing a master’s degree, I wanted to experience a conference and be in an environment where books and writing were the focus all day and night. I attended the convention with Hannah, my fellow English major and Hannah officer friend from college, and we had a blast. Spending the days listening to fellow book lovers talk about themes in classic literature and exploring Cincinnati’s bookstores lived up to my expectations. But as with anything in life, I realized after further reflection that I have a lot to learn about the art of conference attending. Here are some areas I learned I need to improve on from my 1st conference experience. I did not realize how packed the conference schedule was. Some days, we were in the conference center at 10a.m. and left approx. at 7:30 p.m I am not sure about timing . Sure, there are breaks for lunch and dinner, but it’s really hard when you’re an overachiever to feel like you can skip a session if you need a rest. I felt like I needed to attend every session and topics because I paid to be there and it would be a waste of time and money to not get the most out of the experience. But…that’s pretty taxing, especially when you’re an introvert who melts a little just from being around people. At future conferences, I’m going to be a little more strategic about planning breaks, lunch, snack throughout the day, even if it means skipping a session to sit alone in a corner somewhere and refresh. And in future I will come with full planning and strategic. In future whenever I Atten any conferences I come two days before conferences because that was my first conferences so I feel some messy timing and I was feeling tired because conference morning I reached hotel morning 7a.m and I don’t have time to rest myself I just fresh up and ready for conference then I go for conference so I feel more tired.

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