Who are the federal, state, and local policymakers involved in your chosen policy issue?

Students are to select a policy issue (Healthy Nutrition Class Policy), research the issue including policy analysis, plan the policy, and plan a call or meeting with a policymaker for the purpose of presenting the issue, proposing recommendations and asking questions about how change can occur. The student will reflect on the experience, develop plans for follow-up with the policymaker as needed, and consider ways in which advocacy efforts can continue.

Over the past several decades, the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children has increased considerably. Obesity is a solemn disease. It can be caused by genes, medical problems or bad lifestyle eating habit. As a result, there are some lifestyle measures to preventing these kids from starting on the wrong track. I would like to communicate with my local mayor or local officials and encourage them to initiate healthy nutrition classes from grade 3 to grade 12 to all school children in my local area yearly. I believe the earlier we can start introducing these kids to healthy diet and exercise, the more likely these kids will stay fit and decrease their chances of Diabetes, HTN and high cholesterol later in their lives. I will use incrementalism model that will allow me to use step by step to enhance these kids understanding of the importance of good nutritional habit (Mason and Leavitt). As the children grow with each grade level, the nutrient class gets more challenging and start to incorporate the importance of regular exercising.

Please Use level 2 heading for Introduction, Key Points, Empirical Evidence and Specific Examples. Please use references articles no more than 5 years old with DOI. Please CINAHL or EBSCO database if there is no DOI with article (see below for instruction on guidelines and references).

1) Introduction

Introduction clearly introduces your policy-priority issue (Healthy Nutrition Class Policy), current status, and overview of plan for legislative visit. Concluding statements summarizing content have no inaccuracy.

2) Key Points

Providing a plan/message: Identification of all key strategies of your policy-priority issue plan, ask, and recommendations are clearly analyzed and fully articulated.

1. Review what has been done in the past by others regarding your chosen policy issue(state of Florida). What was the result of their actions related to this policy issue? Why is this issue important to nursing?

2. Who are the federal, state, and local policymakers involved in your chosen policy issue? (Mayor Wayne Messam for the city of Miramar, Florida) How can you contact your policymaker? Do you have phone numbers, addresses, immediate staff contacts, and more? Be sure you single out a policymaker whom you know is interested in your issue.

3. What will be the plan for your legislative visit? When, where, and how?

4. What is the message you want to give to your selected policymaker/legislator? Can you present a compelling ‘story’? Can you convey your passion and experience with the policy issue? Can you present basic research data in an easy-to-understand and interesting way? What is your ‘Ask’? What are you recommending? Please review the examples of a policy brief in your text or on the American Nurses Association website. What are your expectations of the policymaker and for your visit in general?

3) Empirical Evidence

Recommendation: Empirical evidence supporting your policy- priority issue is clearly critiqued in a comprehensive and accurate manner. What specific supportive evidence do you have for this issue, including evidence and references? You will need to include this in your message/ask/recommendation(s).

1. How do you plan to convey your message? What considerations must you have in place with respect to time constraints, availability of policymaker, and contingency plans?

4) Specific Examples

Follow-up: Provide specific examples of the impact and/or importance of a successful visit and follow-up to nursing.

1. Can you include a presentation using PowerPoint, flip chart, or overheads in some way (email or mail ahead of the call)? Include the actual presentation slides (max of 5 slides)

2. What feedback did you get from your policymaker? What actions are you expecting of him/her/them? How did you leave things? Carefully review the Guidelines and Example below

APA Format

APA Format: Text, title page, and reference page(s) are completely consistent with APA format 6th edition.

Writing Quality: Paper is appropriate in length. References include a minimum of 5 scholarly references excluding the course text. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are consistent with formal written work.

What is a scholarly resource?

A. A scholarly resource is one which comes from a professional, peer-reviewed publication (e.g., journals and government reports such as FDA, CDC).

• Contains references for sources cited.

• Written by a professional or scholar in the field and indicates credentials of the author(s)

• Is no more than 5 years old for clinical or research articles

• Inlcude DOI with references

B. What is not considered a scholarly resource

• Newspaper articles and lay person literature (Readers Digest, Healthy Life Magazine, Food and Fitness) can be sources for background about your topic for a project, but are not considered scholarly.

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