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 Impact and Importance to Nursing. Please
use references 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).
Introduction clearly introduces your issue (Healthy Nutrition Class Policy). Concluding statements summarizing content
are present, clear, and well written. Why is this issue of particular interest/importance to you and to the profession of
2) Key Points
Identification of all key points of your policy-priority issue are clearly analyzed and fully articulated. What is the
specific problem, including background, surrounding this issue? Is there a need for a new law or campaign related to this
issue? How can you find out the current status of this issue? Is there a website (professional organization such as the
American Nurses Association or local, state, or federal government) that provides status updates or alerts? Please
describe. What level(s) of government does your issue involve (local, state, federal)? What level of government is your
3) Empirical Evidence
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). Review thoughts regarding your chosen policy issue. It is important to
analyze your issue thoroughly. Be sure you address the following with evidence and research:
• Evaluation of options
• Recommended solutions
4) Impact and Importance to Nursing
Your policy priority issue clearly demonstrates the impact and or importance of your issue to nursing or the intended
impact to patient outcomes. Impact to patient outcomes or nursing practice is thoroughly discussed.
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.
• Information from Wikipedia or any wiki
• Website homepages
• The weekly lesson
• Articles in healthcare and nursing-oriented trade magazines, such as Nursing Made Incredibly Easy and RN Magazine
(Source: What is a scholarly article.docx Created: 6/09 CK/CL Revised: 2/17/11, 09/02/11 nlh/clm)
Are websites acceptable as a scholarly resource for threaded discussions?
Yes for documents or data cited from credible websites. Credible websites usually end in .gov or .edu; however some .org
sites that belong to professional associations (for example, American Heart Association, National League for Nursing,
American Diabetes Association) are also considered credible websites. Websites ending with .com are not to be used as a