Date

12-2019

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Bill Shelby

Second Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford

Abstract

The rate of overweight children in Monterey county has continued to rise. At the rate we are going, by the year 2050, one in three people will have diabetes (American Diabetes Association, 2018). There are several contributing factors for obese children, for instance, socioeconomic status, environmental influences, and lack of physical activity. Children who are overweight or obese are at higher risk of facing serious health concerns, like heart disease and diabetes, which is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States (YMCA, 2019, Diabetes Statistics). They are also at a higher risk of suffering from emotional and psychological issues. Families with obese children also have the burden of dealing with expensive medical bills. The YMCA offers a variety of programs and services that focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Youth Fit 4 Life (YF4L) is an evidence-based program within the YMCA, who shares a passion for improving the health of children by promoting healthy habits. The purpose of the program is to address childhood obesity and the psychological issues linked to it. After realizing the obstacles that staff were facing, it was important to create a website that provided additional support to deliver the program efficiently. The website provides videos and descriptions of the activities that must be conducted, in order to achieve the objectives of the program. After analyzing the survey results, staff who utilized the website, found it to be a valuable resource.

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