Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Preventive Health: Lifetime Choices

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Preventive Health: Lifetime Choices

Article excerpt

One of the new TV advertisements strikes a cord with issues facing society today. A family is sitting around a table and one of the youth wonders why they have all come together. An adult woman enters with a fried fast food product and announces they are having a meal together.

At a Wisconsin high school, members of the FFA chapter took it upon themselves to convince the school board that the soda vending machine needed to be replaced with one that distributes milk.

About 40 million individuals are without health insurance and the debate continues to rage as to whether prescription drugs might enter this country from Canada.

Increasing numbers of obese adults and youth are having gastric bypass surgery.

There has never been a better time for a nationwide focus on wellness and preventive health, particularly one that has an ecological foundation. There are many aspects to wellness and preventive health and family and consumer sciences has much expertise to contribute. An ecological foundation is inclusive and focuses on factors such as access, quality, cost, food choices, nutrition, advertising, genetics, communication, policy, community, human relations, textiles, and ethics. Science-based knowledge is critical in order to provide a balance for consumers because much of the information available today focuses on quick fixes and is only marginally related to research.

This issue connects with the AAFCS 96'h Annual Conference and Exposition theme Sizing Up America: Obesity Causes, Effects, and Solutions. …

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