Proposal on preventing and treating high cholesterol levels on students

Table of contents:

Abstract………………………………………………………….……3

Introduction……………………………………………………….…..4

Purpose…………………………………………………………….…..5

Breakdown………………………………………………………….…5

Data……………………………………………………………………6

Cost analysis……………………………………………………………7

Conclusion………………………………………………………….….8

Works Cited……………………………………………………………9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

Nowadays High cholesterol levels is one of the major health issues in America. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 99 million Americans age 20 and over have high cholesterol. On one hand food industries produce foods with high level of cholesterol, saturated-fat and trans-fat, and on the other hand today’s modern life in America, led to many people to consume unhealthy fast food more than past, but individuals should be aware and eliminate those fats from their diet. By this proposal I am going to utilize the $100,000 grant to prevent and treat high cholesterol level. My plan is for National Cholesterol Education Program to work with California State University, Northridge, to educate students on campus about the crucial role of changing lifestyle such as eating a heart-healthy diet, being active on most, losing weight and not smoking on preventing and reducing their high cholesterol level. The $100,000 grant money would be utilized in several ways; the main goal is holding meeting/seminars every month which includes lecture about how high cholesterol levels can effects our health. We will also bring some people who were able to lower their cholesterol level only by changing their diet and losing weight at the end of each seminar to give some guidelines to the students. Also we will give handouts informational documents to the students which include some diet plans for lowering cholesterol level, such as healthy food recipes and workout. As Aerobic exercises benefit cholesterol the most we will arrange for 30 minutes Zumba dance workout, three days a week on campus, by participating in Zumba dancing workout students will be offered a free Zumba CD. I believe this proposal not only effects on lifestyle and health of current students, but also would be very helpful for the next generation as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

This proposal focuses on preventing and treating cholesterol level on students. You might be surprised to know that cholesterol itself isn’t bad. It is going to be bad for your body when your liver produces more cholesterol when you eat a diet high in saturated and trans-fats. Making healthy eating choices and increasing exercise are important steps in improving your cholesterol. For some people, cholesterol-lowering medication may also be needed to reduce the risk for heart attack and stroke. According to the heart.org website heart disease is the Number one cause of death in the United States. Over 2,100 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 40 seconds.  But the good news is that you can lower your cholesterol level and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Since many students have to spent several hours on campus, either sitting on the class or spending so much time studying on library, they do not have enough time to cook at home or do exercise that much, thus many of them have to eat unhealthy fast food or snack available on campus. The American Heart Association recommends all adults age 20 or older have their cholesterol, and other traditional risk factors, checked every four to six years, but students may never think that even a young student may be at risk of getting high cholesterol level and face with heart disease or having stock. I believe this is a big problem and it is our responsibility to educate students in a better way to change their lifestyle. Those ways are exactly what this proposal is going to consider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purpose

The purpose of this proposal is to prevent and treat high cholesterol level of CSUN students by educating them, encouraging them to attend on informative nutrition seminars, following the instruction on their given handout, and attending on Zumba dancing workout program. These three steps will benefit student who have high cholesterol level to lower their cholesterol and also help the other students to prevent for getting high cholesterol and staying healthy.

 

Breakdown

     This is where I will design my plan, which would apply the NIH $100.000 grant. On-campus meetings/seminars will be the first step of my proposal. The goal would be to arrange one on-campus meeting per month, during one semester, all CSUN students will be admitted free with a valid ID. That includes four meetings to take place during the semester. This meeting would take place in a room at the University Hall on campus. The point of these meetings is to have a nutritionist to lecture and inform students about consumption foods which are high in cholesterol and its affects to our health. In order to inform students about this meeting/seminar, we will ask for some volunteer students to place flyer around the campus. At the end of the meeting/seminar we will invite people who were success to overcome their high cholesterol level only by watching their diet and doing exercise and they will be asked to explain how eating healthy food can improve their health and their body. My second plan would be giving handouts informational documents to the students. This handout will explain several diet plans for lowering cholesterol level, such as Mediterranean Diet, DASH Diet, Mayo Clinic Diet and Vegetarian or Vegan Diet. It also includes some healthy food recipes and some effective exercises tips to lower cholesterol level. All the material in the handout will be collected by volunteer students whose major is Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science programs at CSUN. The third goal would be arranging a program for 30 minutes Zumba dancing workout, three days a week. This dancing program will take place on a Motivation Studio room located on Student Recreation Center of CSUN. In order to implement this plan we will hire a licensed Zumba instructor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data

Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 22. At California State University – Northridge, 56% of students are in this age bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. The bar chart below shows the age distribution of the undergraduate student body at California State University – Northridge

Figure 1.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost Analysis

BEHAVIOR

 

High Cholesterol Level

YES

NO

HEALTHY

Fruits and vegetables

38.9

49.6

Low dietary fat intake

34.2

39.8

Eating a healthy diet

61.0

66.3

Walking

37.7

41.4

Physical activity

20.6

26.2

 

UNHEALTHY

Soda consumption

5.6

6.2

Fast food consumption

39.3

45.5

Smoker

 

14.2

 

17.4

 

Binge drinking

8.5

15.3

High stress level

18.8

18.3

 

 

 

 

The table above shows the cholesterol levels among different groups in the society. This includes the activities they partake. One is advised to take healthy foods with low cholesterol so as to avoid its side effects. Unhealthy activities like smoking will end up affecting an individual. The table explains everything in a more enhancing and precise way.

 

Conclusion

In our day to day lives we come across cholesterol in various ways, thus avoiding it becomes very hard. Be it at school, home, or any place of leisure we get to meet cholesterol in whatever we decide to take. This has led to lot of repercussions to the society. We are unable to deal head-on thus strategic measures need to be put in place in order to curb this problem. Prevention is better than cure so they say, we need to watch what we eat at all times per see. My proposal is here to tackle the issue. If it were to be adapted, what is prepared in various places need to be checked and regulated at all times to avoid high levels of cholesterol. From schools, public places, and various hotels, necessary measures would be taken. However, treating the already affected should also be handled with care.

For this purpose, I have requested for the food prepared at school be looked to and what is used before preparing. This way a lot of harm can be prevented. Necessary information should also be passed around to educate people on the effects of high cholesterol in the body.

Worked Cited

 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/AboutCholesterol/What-Your-Cholesterol-Levels-Mean_UCM_305562_Article.jsp#.VlPn9_mrTIU

 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/AboutCholesterol/About-Cholesterol_UCM_001220_Article.jsp#.VlPoZfmrTIU

 

http://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/california-state-university-northridge/student-life/diversity/#

 

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/best-cholesterol-diets

http://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/facts.htm

 

 

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