To put it bluntly and in clear terms, the majority of the United States population is now overweight or obese (Flegal et al., 1998, 2002). The obesity epidemic is seen on campuses around the United States. In order to help fight this epidemic there are a number of national programs like Healthy Campus 2010, the Centers for Disease control’s active living coalition, as well as growing attention to the field of health promotion disease prevention(HPDP) by other fields. Related to this growing attention, I helped gather research information and create a model for a chapter of an undergraduate text book. This chapter is about HPDP for those who work in parks, recreation and tourism. The model I worked on is used to analyze the interaction of an individual or group within a specified system, based on the built, natural environment and resources available within that system. For example you could look at a college student from Cornell and see how physically active they are within the available wellness system. Based on the results Cornell could work to improve the system’s resources (fiscal support, equipment, etc.) and environment (policies, philosophy towards it, etc.) to raise the student’s potential motivators for interaction. I will discuss the health promotion disease prevention chapter, and goals that Cornell could follow to become a healthier campus based off the model.
Clifford Robertson, ’11
Sponsor: Steve DeVries