Prevention and Promotion in Mental Health
Prevention and Promotion in Mental Health, We investigate lipoprotein metabolism and metabolic syndrome in young adults. Additionally, we evaluate eating behaviors in order to understand means to maintain body weight. Prevention and Promotion in Mental Health.
TheUniversity of Rhode Island is working with City of Providence and the City of Central Falls Public School systems to develop curriculum for students (to be institutionalized within the school system) and provide teacher training related to obesity prevention.
Situation and priorities
Obesity is an enormous public health issue for Americans of all ages. Like the nation, Rhode Island has experienced substantial increases in overweight and obesity among all groups of residents.
Such increases have profound effects on our state’s health care system, since obesity is strongly associated with several chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and asthma.
According to NHANES data, 64% of U.S. adults exceed the “normal” range for BMI. In RI, 33% of adults are overweight and 17% of adults are considered obese; 25% of the state’s children and adolescents are either overweight or obese, with minorities disproportionately affected.
Additionally, adolescents from lower income families have an even greater prevalence of being overweight when
compared with white adolescents from higher income families. Improved eating habits and food related behaviors would have a significant impact on overweight and obesity.
For example, only about ¼ of the state’s adult population consumes the minimum of five daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Likewise, within meal behaviors also affect food intake and weight status.
Priorities in these knowledge areas will be to clarify the physiological role of lipo proteins in human health and to develop, test and refine culturally sensitive weight management interventions and materials for young adults.
Mental health is essential for individual and public health. To improve mental health, promotion, prevention, and the treatment of disease are required.
These three kinds of interventions are interrelated but independent from one another. Although separate efforts for mental health promotion and prevention are needed as well as the public need of mental health promotion and well-being, psychiatrists usually are not accustomed to mental health promotion and prevention.