11-10-09 Speeches - HEALTHY FOOD SPEECH (PRO) Orson Wells...

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HEALTHY FOOD SPEECH (PRO) Orson Wells once said, “Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch.” From the federal government to the states to the local school districts, everyone's trying to figure out how to stop the spread of obesity--especially among children and adolescents, before it's too late. The problem is getting worse, the reason is the unhealthy meals served by schools and implementing this bill will have positive impacts on health and learning. Firstly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), states that 25 percent of kids between ages six and 11 were overweight in 2007. In the late ’70s, it was only 6.5 percent. The CDC also estimates that one in three kids born in 2000 will become diabetic. Perhaps the most disturbing news is that kids born in 2000 will also be the first generation with a shorter life expectancy than their parents Numbers like these are exactly why Ann Cooper left her job as an executive chef at an upscale Vermont inn to become a school-cafeteria lunch lady. According to the USDA, 29 million students a day buy a school lunch. This means that the front line in the battle against childhood obesity is somewhere between the tubs of French-toast sticks and the processed macaroni and cheese. Being victorious in this battle means students will perform better in school. According to the International Journal of Biosocial and Medical Research, the introduction of a diet policy over 4 years in 803 public schools was followed by a 15.7% increase in mean academic percentile ranking above the rest of the nation's schools who used the same standardized tests. Now is the time to put the spotlight on school lunch regulation and nutrition policy. A plan of action that will shift school lunch regulation to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must be developed immediately. Now is the time for a national coalition to address childhood obesity. For too long, parents and kids have relied on school lunch programs to provide nutritious foods. They have been let down. I urge you to vote in affirmation of this bill, and in doing so, promote the health of millions of
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course PLSC 210 taught by Professor Russel during the Spring '11 term at Eastern Michigan University.

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11-10-09 Speeches - HEALTHY FOOD SPEECH (PRO) Orson Wells...

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