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Secondary Research Synthesis: Children’s Health & Nutrition

Summary:

Rising rates of childhood obesity and a decrease in parents’ ability to properly identify healthy children is likely to drastic effects on the health of future generations. As the disparity in healthy diets between high and low socioeconomic classes has doubled in the past 10 this issue becomes relevant to South Side of Chicago as many of its residents live over ½ mile away from fresh or healthy food sources. According to former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, “we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents” thus we aim to counter-act this trend by addressing parents and policy-makers who can make the biggest impact on children’s health. Chicagoans have already demonstrated their ability to make nutritious choices when presented with the option by spending more money healthy items rather than “junk food”. IF parents could see the consequences of the food they consume they could help change dietary habits to positively impact their children’s health.

Questions:

  1. How are parents trying to help their children maintain a balanced diet?
  2. What kind of choices do parents and children have in the food they eat daily?
  3. In what ways can public government and policy help to promote nutrition?

Reading Response

Peter Hall’s reading “Critical Visualization” was about the value and different views or strand of visualization. He quotes researcher Colin Ware with the five-pints of the advantages of visualization “It helps us comprehend huge amounts of data; it allows us to perceive emergent properties we might not have anticipated; it can reveal problems with the data itself; it facilitates out understanding of large-scale and small scale features; and it helps us form hypotheses.”  I agree with these three points of why we should use visualization as a way to easily consume out information. It is just a more simpler and more organized way for us to gain information. Hall mostly explains three different ways visualization data can be categorized or viewed as. Which were technology, science and art. I can understand why these are the three different ways to describe visualization. I think all of these strands are needed to put together a visual way to explain a problem or topic.

This project shows the expansion in population in certain cities from the 19th century to the 20th century

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u7H1helosI