DSGN 220 West Virginia University Childhood Obesity Research Proposal


This week you have researched a visionary within your field. You will be authoring a 3-5 page paper about your chosen visionary’s design process. You need to use at LEAST three resources — and cite them on a separate page at the end of your paper. Also, ensure you’re citing your resource IN the paper — if you use any of the content from a resource, then it needs to be cited.This 3-5 page paper (not including a cover page or resource page) should be double-spaced using at a 12 point font. To prepare for this assignment:Gather your list of resources for your visionary and cite them throughout your paper.Review the helpful learning resources on writing an essay and APA format prior to submission.For this assignment you will:Choose a visionary that is the leader in your field:How did they take empathy into consideration?How did they take the user experience into consideration?What might their “How Might We” questions have been?Here are the resources you need to use/look at:https://apastyle.apa.org/https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/a…
I included my ideas and thought in The Idea file and the research proposal that I have submitted in the Research Proposal file. I also included the feedback that I got for the research proposal in the Feedback file.I can add few more hours if needed (maximum of 15 hours)

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I’m a nursing student with a minor in health promotion and so I decided to focus on
health and wellness for this design thinking challenge… to be more specific, I’m
going to focus on how can we spread the awareness of the importance of having a
healthy lifestyle which includes exercising and having a healthy diet for children.
Obesity is increasing among children, and there are many reasons for that, so we
need to understand the barriers and work around them sometimes. But Children
don’t usually know what is good for themselves and they rely on their parents to
guide them, which makes parents a little more responsible.
We need to understand that children don’t think the way we do. They usually focus in
the present rather than the future, and with that comes the importance of teaching
them to be healthy with fun ways that can influence them without any force or them
even noticing that so it comes nature to then growing up.
My 3 HMW questions are:
1. HMW make exercising fun and enjoyable for children to do?
2. HMW make eating healthier interesting for children?
3. HMW increase children’s awareness of the importance of physical activity?
I decided to choose these questions as I think they give a good starting point and will
cover the basics to then dive deep in
I’m thinking of interviewing on of my friends. She is a WVU alumni with a bachelor’s
degree in exercise physiology. I think she will have a lot of information about the
importance of exercises from a young age and how it can affect your health in the
future… and how to prevent any health complications that can happen to you in the
future starting by exercising from a young age.
Discussion Post Week 3:
As I was thinking about different topics for this assignment, I found myself thinking a
lot about health and wellness and the importance of taking care of our bodies and
having a healthy lifestyle. I had always been interested in health and that was one of
the reasons that made me choose nursing as my major. To have a healthy lifestyle is
becoming important but is also difficult to maintain for many people. To prevent this
from happening to the coming generations we must start spreading awareness to
children now, to make it easier for them to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the future.
“Lifestyle issues — too little activity and too many calories from food and drinks —
are the main contributors to childhood obesity” (Mayo Clinic). Because of that I am
going to focus on spreading awareness of having a healthy lifestyle among children
and focusing specifically on exercising and diet. I decided on these questions
because they set a good point to start from. They are not very broad nor very narrow
and gives an overview of what needs to be done to achieve the goal.
I took empathy into consideration when I asked how might we make exercising fun
and enjoyable for children to do? In design thinking it is important to put yourself in
other peoples’ shoes and see how they think. “It requires a strong sense of
imagination for us to be able to see through another person’s eyes” (Dam, Siang
2020). By putting myself in the kid’s shoes and looking through their eyes, I found
that I won’t get out of my device while having fun playing games to do something that
sounds boring. Kids nowadays won’t do things unless they can have fun doing them.
With having electronic devices on their fingertips, it is easy for them to ignore
exercising and just have fun.
Discussion Post Week 4:
I choose a different how might we question than what I have submitted before. I
wanted to focus on both exercises and diet which my previous questions didn’t focus
on both at the same time. My new question is: how might we make both physical
activities and diet easy and enjoyable for children? In my mood board, I wanted to
include different sports such as soccer, basketball, and skateboarding. I included
some pictures of parents/adults as a lot of kids usually have an adult figure who they
look up to. I focused on having many pictures with smiles as I wanted to focus on the
kids’ emotions and feelings. I want children to think of a healthy lifestyle as
something that is fun and enjoyable. I want my project to be human-centered and
focus on the children’s needs and benefits the children. My goal is to make children
happy, positive and have fun working on their health. At 0:04 of the video What is
Human-Centered Design?, the speaker said “It starts with people, and end with an
innovative solution tailored to meet their needs”.
It is known that colors can affect your mood and emotions. I decided to make my
mood board somewhat colorful. In one of the articles that I read, they said “A person
might prefer brighter, more attention-getting colors when they are younger…”
(Cherry). I wanted it to have a lot of vibrant colors such as green, yellow and red.
Red is an attention gathering color which will attract children’s attention, yellow gives
a feeling of happiness and joy and green is a symbol of nature and calmness which
can give a feeling of going outside.
I love making mood board and I had a lot of picture that inspired me and wanted to
include as much as I can, but I will try that next time. I’m going to focus on healthy
eating in general. It is hard to make children stick to one specific diet,
and helping them to make healthier choices is much easier. This will also make th em
explore more and know what they like and what they don’t, so in the future they can
have easier time sticking to one diet that they know is the better option for them.
a lot of excellent content here and good interview information. One thing the paper is
missing is some examples of other programs that you could build on. One thing about
design thinking is that it usually doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s important to have some
examples of other programs that may have worked and then build on those and/or use
those programs as a starting point.
Excellent paper otherwise — just remember you always need to have some comparisons.
Reserch Proposal 1
Research Proposal
DSGN 220
September 20, 2020
Reserch Proposal 2
In my previous, how might we question, I focused on exercising, eating
healthier, and children’s awareness of the importance of physical health. In this, how
might we question, I purposed to look into how might we make both physical
activities and diet easy and enjoyable for children? Obesity has become of the
leading issues among children worldwide, and different vital tools can be
implemented to curb this issue (Childhood obesity, 2018). Physical activities can be
the best tool for children’s health. In the process of giving a compelling proposal to
this issue, I researched children’s health and interviewed a specialist with a
bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology.
Exercise affects both mental health and physical health in children. The
interview I conducted with an exercise physiologist provided the basis on this issue. I
asked her to explain what exercise is to her and what it entails. She first offered the
basics of exercise and described it as an activity that requires effort and is often
carried out to improve fitness and health (Adam, 2020). I then went ahead and asked
her how essential is exercise for young children. She pointed out that it plays a
pivotal role in their mental health and physical health with long-term positive effects
(Adam, 2020).
First, she identified the importance of muscle building in the body of the child
from a young age. The muscles of a child are often fragile and still undergoing the
development process (Adam, 2020). The idea of mental health is also a critical factor
that she acknowledged what she considered active children. She stated exercise
builds the child’s brain, and they are likely to be smart in the future (Kennedy &
Guthrie, 2016). The next question I asked her is how we make physical activities and
Reserch Proposal 3
diet easy for children. She stated that exercise and diet should not be forced on them
but should grow organically and developed through concise thought that sounds
attractive to them (Adam, 2020).
How to Make Physical Exercise and Diet Enjoyable for Children
Dieting can be challenging for children as it entails reducing non-junk foods,
which are often marketed to excite their taste buds. It is easy to make dieting
enjoyable for children through tactful means that build their interest. While food is
just food, colors influence emotions in people, and this is without living out
children (Cherry, 2020). Foods with vibrant colors often attract children’s eyes.
The standard colors often associated with exciting children’s tastes are yellow and
red. These colors could be easily incorporated in healthy foods such as mixing them
and using plates and cups that fit. Sharing food with children also encourages them
to eat.
Aerobic exercise is the most recommended for children’s development. While
children are often excited about outdoor activities, there can be factors that may
discourage them from performing fully. An adult involving oneself in the activities
they do can influence and motivate them positively and make it a fun activity. In
swimming sessions, an adult can play with them around the water (Wilson, 2018).
One can also create team building activities for children that entail rewarding
experiences such as running. Limited space and time can reduce children’s interest
in exercising, and the best way is to buy them toys that will encourage these
activities, such as balls, which will involve a lot of running. Children often flourish in
environments where other children are as they will be more motivated to play with
them, making the exercises more rewarding and worthwhile.
Reserch Proposal 4
Children’s health has become one of the leading issues in society, especially
regarding obesity, with a lot of research being put into place to help understand this
phenomenon. The above study and interview provided a basis for healthy eating and
dieting that promise a healthy generation. The simplest way is to include fun when
working with children in exercise and dieting.
Reserch Proposal 5
Adam, Najah. Personal Interview. 9/17/2020.
Cherry, K. (2020, May 28). Can Color Affect Your Mood and Behavior? Retrieved
September 16, 2020, from https://www.verywellmind.com/color-psychology2795824
Childhood obesity. (2018, December 05). Retrieved September 0, 2020,
from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/childhoodobesity/symptoms-causes/syc-20354827
Kennedy, E., & Guthrie, J. F. (2016). Nutrition assistance programs: cause or
solution to obesity. Current obesity reports, 5(2), 176-183.
Wilson, R. (2018). Nature and young children: Encouraging creative play and
learning in natural environments. Routledge.

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