Primary Secondary Tertiary

Running Head:   Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Health Promotion
Dawn McGaffick
Grand Canyon University: NRS 429
March 6, 2011

Childhood Obesity: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Health Promotion
In today’s healthcare environment, patients are waiting to receive care until it becomes life-altering, causing higher degrees of illness.   Currently, there is a huge push to encourage people to receive healthcare earlier so serious problems can be caught or avoided all together.   Health promotion is the way people can help prevent illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiac problems, and obesity.   Health promotion is a way to “Find the cause or source of the problem, identify risk factors, and then determine occurrence rates” (Williams, 2008). There are three levels of health promotion.   Starting with primary health promotion; helping educate patients and their families to understand and know the risk factors of the diseases.   Primary health promotion is found in primary care clinics.   Secondary health promotion is detecting the disease early in the progression.   Early detection gives healthcare workers the ability to teach the patient and families ways to prevent the illness from getting worse.   The final level of health promotion is tertiary prevention.   During this time, nurses need to educate families on how to take care of the person with the disease.   During this level of promotion the nurse needs to help families cope with the results of the disease and its progression.   Obesity is one of the areas that healthcare workers can see the progression throughout the different tiers of health promotion.   Obesity not only affects the United States but is a world-wide epidemic.   Melnyk, Small, & Moore state in their article that nearly 22,000,000 children under the age of five are overweight worldwide. (2008). Early detection is the key in helping to prevent this disease from progressing to death.
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