Obesity in people with intellectual disabilities: the impact of nurse-led health screenings and health promotion activities.

Background: Obesity appears to be more common among people with intellectual disabilities, with few studies focusing on achieving weight reduction. AIM: Firstly, to follow-up people identified as overweight and obese following special health screening clinics and to determine the actions taken. Secondly, to evaluate the impact of health promotion classes on participants’ weight loss. Methods: […]

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Fighting childhood obesity with university-community partnerships.

This article describes how two Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Executive Nurse Fellows used their leadership competencies to inspire and lead change within the community to fight the growing problem of childhood obesity. A model of University-Community partnership is proposed which incorporated the core leadership competencies of the RWJ program—interpersonal and communication effectiveness; risk-taking and creativity; self-knowledge; skills […]

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The challenge of diet, exercise and lifestyle modification in the management of the obese diabetic patient.

Type 2 diabetes is associated with many comorbid medical conditions including obesity, neuropathy, microvascular pathology and atherosclerotic arterial disease. Due to its complications and chronicity, reducing risk factors such as obesity and sedentary lifestyle through lifestyle modification is crucial to the long-term health of patients with type 2 diabetes. Patients must learn how to adopt […]

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