Positive Mental Health and Obesity Prevention

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  • Title: Positive Mental Health and Obesity Prevention: Evidence-based Programs for Schools and Communities
  • Author(s): April Poteet, Laura Nabors, Erin Rockstroh
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Health, Wellness & Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society
  • Keywords: Health Promotion, Children, Mental Health, Obesity and Physical Health
  • Volume: 10
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2156-8960 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2156-9053 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v10i01/1-12
  • Citation: Poteet, April , Laura Nabors, and Erin Rockstroh. 2019. "Positive Mental Health and Obesity Prevention: Evidence-based Programs for Schools and Communities." The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society 10 (1): 1-12. doi:10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v10i01/1-12.
  • Extent: 12 pages

Abstract

This article reviews school- and community-based mental health and health promotion programs for children. Positive social and emotional health and physical health are key components of wellness or a state of well-being. Children who participate in programs to promote social and emotional development and obesity prevention programs, to maximize healthy eating and physical activity, may have better long-term health and well-being. These programs are ideal additions to school-based programming and may encourage achievement in school as well. Moreover, establishing healthy lifestyle behaviors may exert a long-term effect on health into the adult years and set a foundation for healthy families for years to come. Researchers, educators, policy-makers, and health professionals may make a key contribution to child health and wellness by sharing evidence-based programs and ensuring their implementation in school and community settings.