health promotion across the life span- week 5 peer review

  • Respond to at least two other student’s postings with substantive comments.
  • Substantive comments add to the discussion and provide your fellow students with information that will enhance the learning environment.
  • References and citations should conform to the APA standards.
  • Remember: Please respect the opinions of others, even if their views differ. In other words, disagree professionally and respectfully.
  • Plagiarism is never acceptable – give credit when credit is due – cite your sources.

Responses need to address all components of the question, demonstrate critical thinking and analysis, and include peer reviewed journal evidence to support the student’s position.


1- Christian Howell


While searching through the website I chose to delve into the topic of Pesticides and Food: Healthy, Sensible Food Practices. This correlates with my topics regarding obesity and health in the previous weeks. Previously I discovered that 1 in 3 adults (34.0%) and 1 in 6 children and adolescents (16.2%) are obese (Healthy People 2020, 2020). Reading within the EPA website, I have found some valuable information in regards to this topic.

How can the information provided on this page, keep yourself and your family healthy and safe? This section discusses common practices in order to maintain a safer and healthier food consumption. This mainly has to do with peeling, washing your foods in order to eliminate germs or pesticides. With its encouragement to include variety, a healthier food consumption would likely lead to healthier outcomes.

If an agency is identified on the page, what is its role? US Department of Agriculture. They have a MyPlate quiz helps you understand your habits and also displays the Dietary Guidelines 2020-2025.

How does the agency affect health promotion? The agency affects health promotion because they present the Dietary Guidelines most current. The US department of Agriculture is promoting the MyPlate, therefore ensuring a trusted source for its purpose.


2- Kaysha Richard- The Environmental Protection Agency’s main goal is to protect human health and the environment (Children’s Health,2021). The EPA provides information aimed at educating the public on protecting children’s environment. Children are more vulnerable to pollutants due to differences in behavior and biology and their exposure can lead to greater exposure during key developmental periods (Children’s Health,2021).

Lead exposure in children have decreased drastically since 1978. Currently there is no level of lead in blood identified as safe by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and their recommendations include public health actions to be initiated to keep children safe from lead exposure (Children’s Health,2021). Lead exposure in young children can result in lowered intelligence, reading and learning disabilities, impaired hearing, reduced attention span, hyperactivity, delayed puberty and reduced postnatal growth (Children’s Health,2021). The CDC identified childhood lead positing prevention as 1 of 10 great US public health achievements during 2001 to 2010(Hauptman et al., 2017). The US government renewed its pledge in the Healthy People 2020 objective to reduce mean Blood Lead Levels to 1.6  Î¼g/dL(Hauptman et al., 2017). This objective was renewed due to the amount of lead exposure actually increasing in a 10 year span between 2001 and 2010. The EPA website provides information regarding sources of lead exposure in children such as ceramics, drinking water pipes and plumbing fixtures, consumer products, batteries, gasoline, solder, ammunition, imported toys and cosmetics. The website also contains ways parents can protect their children from lead poising such as ensuring proper handwashing between they eat, washing bottles pacifiers and toys often and getting children tested for lead exposure. The CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) both emphasize that the best way to end childhood lead poisoning is to prevent, control and eliminate lead exposures(Dignam et al., 2019). The focus is shifting from the care of symptomatic children toward a primary prevention approach targeting high-risk communities, as the most reliable and cost-effective strategy to protect children from lead toxicity(Dignam et al., 2019).

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