# Assignment – Personal Health Risk Assessment

Assignment – Personal Health Risk Assessment

Prepare a report to assess personal health status and possible associated health risks.

Due June 26

Pick a person you are going to write about. It can be yourself, or your spouse, your sibling, your parent, your friend – anybody who you know well. Give this person a (fake) name (Susan, Mr. N, etc.). Introduce this person in a paragraph with ‘personal’ information – gender, age, weight, height, description of the background and physical activity level (similar to how it’s presented in case studies (see attached 2 samples from text book page 562 & 600)

Your report should include the following 6 parts:

1. Write a case study-style paragraph where you provide ‘personal’ information that is relevant to this assignment. Use this information to assign the PA (Physical Activity) factor. Justify the number you picked based on the level of physical activity of this person.

2. Calculate the individual energy requirements (EER) using the appropriate equation for age and gender. Please refer to page 518 of your textbook (“What’s Your Estimated Energy Requirement?”) for further details and the calculation equations. Be sure to provide the appropriate equation, and list each of the variables (height, weight, age, and physical activity level). Convert weight and height into kilograms and meters. Show every step of your calculations!

3. Calculate the BMI (body mass index) using one of the formulas provided on page 524 of the textbook. Be sure to provide the equation you used, the variables, and show every step of your calculations! According to Table 14.6 (p. 525), what is your assessment of this person’s BMI?

4. Waist circumference measurement and assessment. Use a tape to measure your subject’s waist circumference at the level of the belly button. List your measurement. According to the information in your textbook concerning waist circumference and health risks (p. 523), provide an assessment of this person’s waist circumference.

(If you don’t have a measuring tape, use a cord, twine or a belt to wrap it around the waist, make a mark and measure the length using a ruler.)

5. Provide a brief summary of your subject’s family medical history. Include close family members (parents, brothers/sisters, children) as well as extended family members (grandparents, aunts/uncles, cousins, etc.). Do any of the family members have diabetes? High blood pressure? Heart disease? High cholesterol levels? Cancer? Given this family’s medical history and the results of your calculations of the subject’s body weight and body fat distribution in the steps above, explain whether this person is at risk for developing heart disease, cancer, and/or diabetes – either now or in the future. Make sure to provide a reference when making conclusions.

6. Consider the knowledge you have gained from this activity and from the readings of Chapter 14 and Chapter 15 on weight control. What is your assessment of this person’s body weight? Do you believe they should lose/maintain/gain weight? And if so, how much weight should they lose/gain? Provide justification for your response and a reference. What recommendations would you give to this person?

NOTE: “Personal” information you use in this assignment does not have to be personal or real. However, you will benefit the most from this assignment if you use somebody you care about as the subject and if the information is close to real.

Do not forget to make a Reference List and use in-text citation. You must support all your conclusions (especially in #5 and #6) with a reference and show your sources (even if it’s the textbook or one of the suggested articles). Only used reliable open access sources; must provide URL

Use the text book and you can use these sources:

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000348.htm

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/health-risks-overweight

Assignment

Personal Health Risk Assessment

Prepare a report to assess personal health status and possible associated health risks.

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June 26

anybody who you know well. Give this person a (fake) name (Susan, Mr. N, etc.). Introduce

this person

in a paragraph with ‘personal’ information

gender, age, weight, height, description of the

background and physical activity level (similar to how it’s presented in case studies

(

see attached 2

samples from text book page 562 & 600

)

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r report should include the following 6 parts:

1.

Write a case study

style paragraph where you provide ‘personal’ information that is relevant to

this assignment. Use this information to assign the PA (Physical Activity) factor. Justify the

number you picked

based on the level of physical activity of this person.

2.

Calculate the individual energy requirements (EER) using the appropriate equation for age and

Requirement?”) for furt

her details and the calculation equations

.

Be sure to provide the

appropriate equation, and list each of the variables (height, weight, age, and physical activity

level). Convert weight and height into kilograms and meters. Show every step of your

calcula

tions!

3.

Calculate the BMI (body mass index) using one of the formulas provided on page 524 of the

textbook.

Be sure to provide the equation you used, the variables, and show every step of

your

calculations!

According to Table 14.6 (p. 525), what is your ass

essment of this person’s

BMI?

4.

Waist circumference measurement and assessment. Use a tape to measure your subject’s waist

circumference at the level of the belly button. List your measurement. According to the

information in your textbook concerning waist c

ircumference and health risks (p. 523), provide

an assessment of this person’s waist circumference.

(If you don’t have a measuring tape, use a cord, twine or a belt to wrap it around the waist,

make a mark and measure the length using a ruler.)

5.

Provide a

brief summary of your subject’s family medical history. Include close family members

(parents, brothers/sisters, children) as well as extended family members (grandparents,

aunts/uncles, cousins, etc.). Do any of the family members have diabetes? High bloo

d pressure?

Heart disease? High cholesterol levels? Cancer? Given this family’s medical history and the

results of your calculations of the subject’s body weight and body fat distribution in the steps

above, explain whether this person is at risk for deve

loping heart disease, cancer, and/or

diabetes

either now or in the future. Make sure to provide a reference when making

conclusions.

6.

Consider the knowledge you have gained from this activity and from the readings of Chapter 14

and Chapter 15 on weight c

ontrol. What is your assessment of this person’s body weight? Do

Assignment – Personal Health Risk Assessment

Prepare a report to assess personal health status and possible associated health risks.

Due June 26

your friend – anybody who you know well. Give this person a (fake) name (Susan, Mr. N, etc.). Introduce

this person in a paragraph with ‘personal’ information – gender, age, weight, height, description of the

background and physical activity level (similar to how it’s presented in case studies (see attached 2

samples from text book page 562 & 600)

Your report should include the following 6 parts:

1. Write a case study-style paragraph where you provide ‘personal’ information that is relevant to

this assignment. Use this information to assign the PA (Physical Activity) factor. Justify the

number you picked based on the level of physical activity of this person.

2. Calculate the individual energy requirements (EER) using the appropriate equation for age and

Requirement?”) for further details and the calculation equations. Be sure to provide the

appropriate equation, and list each of the variables (height, weight, age, and physical activity

level). Convert weight and height into kilograms and meters. Show every step of your

calculations!

3. Calculate the BMI (body mass index) using one of the formulas provided on page 524 of the

textbook. Be sure to provide the equation you used, the variables, and show every step of

your calculations! According to Table 14.6 (p. 525), what is your assessment of this person’s

BMI?

4. Waist circumference measurement and assessment. Use a tape to measure your subject’s waist

circumference at the level of the belly button. List your measurement. According to the

information in your textbook concerning waist circumference and health risks (p. 523), provide

an assessment of this person’s waist circumference.

(If you don’t have a measuring tape, use a cord, twine or a belt to wrap it around the waist,

make a mark and measure the length using a ruler.)

5. Provide a brief summary of your subject’s family medical history. Include close family members

(parents, brothers/sisters, children) as well as extended family members (grandparents,

aunts/uncles, cousins, etc.). Do any of the family members have diabetes? High blood pressure?

Heart disease? High cholesterol levels? Cancer? Given this family’s medical history and the

results of your calculations of the subject’s body weight and body fat distribution in the steps

above, explain whether this person is at risk for developing heart disease, cancer, and/or

diabetes – either now or in the future. Make sure to provide a reference when making

conclusions.

6. Consider the knowledge you have gained from this activity and from the readings of Chapter 14

and Chapter 15 on weight control. What is your assessment of this person’s body weight? Do