Health and Medicine: Obesity and Overweight


The footprints of racial segregation in the United States are still alive to this day. This is in particular because of its previous deep roots which had profoundly entrenched in the society. Such racial segregation contributed to residential isolation between the black and white races with the areas where the latter resided being properly developed by the government. The remnants of this segregation are still alive today with most black communities living in low development due to unfavorable socioeconomic status of these parts (Murray, 2018). The end result is that there are no proper living conditions for black people and to a larger extent they do not have health facilities at their disposal like their white counterparts (Williams & Collins, 2012). This makes them more prone to health hazards.

There are several variables or health behaviors that results from the racial segregation, hence leading to poor health for black communities. Racial segregation led to poor security apparatus for black communities as such, it become difficult for individuals in such areas to participate in outdoor body exercises such as jogging in the early morning. Again, the areas are resided by poor people and a proper diet is had to get in such a locality due to high cost of fresh meals and poor quality of the available foods (Williams & Collins, 2012). This makes it difficult to addressing health challenges such as obesity and overweight.

Service Learning Project

The development of the service learning project will commence by first engaging segregated communities and identifying the challenges they face. The information collected is to be fully analyzed focusing on each issue independently. This would be followed by the implementation process and evaluation of its success in that order. The final stage will be the reflection to ascertain that the objective has been realized.

In developing the service learning project, the identified health problem is obesity and overweight. This have been orchestrated by lack of exercise and poor eating habits for the black communities in the racially segregated areas. Paying attention to this, the recommended approach in the learning project is to first develop a curriculum for exercise and fitness. This will be significant in obesity reduction and health improvement. On the issues of diet, a program title “Eat Healthy, Live Longer” will be commenced with key focus on nutrition and black communities understanding of nutritional concepts. The project will have a simple curriculum allowing students to care, educate, and serve community members at ease.