You are hereHome › College of Education & Professional Studies (CEPS) › Department of Social Work › O'Dare Wilson, Kellie › An ounce of prevention Style APAChicagoHarvardIEEEMLATurabian Choose the citation style. O’Dare Wilson, K. (2015). An ounce of prevention: Operationalizing healthy eating and active living recommendations with social work core values. American Public Health Association Conference, Chicago, IL. Download PDF An ounce of prevention Details Title An ounce of prevention: Operationalizing healthy eating and active living recommendations with social work core values Contributor(s) O'Dare Wilson, Kellie (author) Located In American Public Health Association Conference, Chicago, IL Date 2015 Abstract The Affordable Care Act authorized the development of the U.S. National Prevention Strategy (NPS), intended to “improve the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities by moving the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness” (U.S. Surgeon General, 2011). Two of the seven identified top national priorities include healthy eating and active living. The federal-level acknowledgement of healthy eating and active living as top priorities, identifying prevention and wellness as a national focus, and recognizing the existence of significant social, economic and environmental barriers to prevention and wellness are tremendous positive steps toward improving quality of life and align well with models of strength-based social work practice. The NPS recommendations for healthy eating and active living are evidence based and include social and environmental factors, however, their comprehensive nature may be difficult to operationalize, particularly in light of continued economic and structural barriers.By organizing issues surrounding healthy eating and active living around social work’s 5 core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence, this presentation provides recommendations to more clearly articulate social work’s role in these two priority areas of the NPS.