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       By: Madison Summers, Hannah Harper, &
       Wendie Castleman
What’s the fuss about?

   It’s pretty scary when statistics state that “Today’s generation is the 1st
    generation of Americans in 200 years NOT expected to outlive their parents!”
   If 1 out of 4 children are clinically obese; where are we failing the children? At
    school, home, or a little of both?
   What’s the nutritional guidelines for the school system? Does their budget
    allow them to include healthy food items like fresh fruit and vegetables?
   When the children are at home, are they outside playing, or busy inside
    watching the television and playing video games while snacking on junk
   Do parent’s rely on vitamins to give their children the nutritional components
Why is this so important?
       The statistics for today’s generation is very scary. To be told that you
        as a parent will more than likely outlive your child should be a wake
I       up call. Someone needs to research this behavior and make a change
M       when the children are pre-school age. If a change doesn’t happen
P       soon, the statistics are going to go from ‘1 out of 4 children are
        clinically obese’ to 3 out of 4 children are clinically obese. The change
        must happen at a young age; not later in life. A change must be made
R       in the nutritional guidelines for the school lunches.
       The lunches that are served at school have nutritional requirements.
A       As a parent have you ever looked to see what type of requirements
N       they are, or perhaps wondered if they have the same definition of a
C       “nutritional meal” as you do? I don’t want to outlive my child, so let’s
E       dig deeper and find out exactly what type of requirements they have.
Nutritional Requirements for School Lunch

•Current regulations require schools to meet the Dietary Guidelines for
Americans, which recommends that no more than 30 percent of an
individual’s calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from
saturated fat. Regulations also establish a standard for school meals to
provide one-third of the Recommended Daily Allowance of protein,
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and calories.
Schools have the option to choose one of four systems for their menu

planning: Nutrient Standard Menu Planning, Assisted Nutrient
Standard Menu Planning, the traditional meal pattern, and the
enhanced meal pattern. Both Nutrient Standard and Assisted
Nutrient Standard Menu Planning systems base their planning on a
computerized nutritional analysis of the week’s menu. The traditional
and enhanced meal pattern options base their menu planning on
minimum component quantities of meat or meat alternate; vegetables
and fruits; grains and breads; and milk.
             Example story # 1
                    Story 1:Pastor Steve introduces Jamie to a local family that could really
This is a real       use his help on changing their eating habits. The moms name is Stacie.
example              She has 3 boys and 1 girl. Most of the family is overweight. Her husband
                     is a truck driver and is on the road 2-3 weeks at a time. Jamie had all of
from Jamie           their receipts from last week and from the receipts Jamie has listed all
Oliver’s Food        the food they ate last week. Jamie then cooks that week's worth of food
Revolution           and piles it together for the family to realize how much food that really
                     is. The mom opens the freezer door and it is stacked with frozen pizzas.
series from          There are at least 2 dozen there. Most of the food is prepared in a deep
Huntington,          fryer. Jamie takes their deep fryer, and after Jamie has the mom say a
WV which is          prayer, buries it in the back yard. He talks to the mom, explaining to her
                     that she is making her children's life shorter feeding them this way. She
rated                becomes very emotional and wants to change. At least Jamie did find
America’s            someone that is open to change unlike the school cooks and principal.
unhealthiest         The children are open to change as well and welcome it. The 12 year old,
                     Justin gets picked on at school because of his size, and wants to become
city.                healthy. He also wants to be a chef. Jamie forms a bond with Justin.
                     Jamie then goes and buys healthy and fresh food. He has the aspiring
                     chef Justin help him prepare it. They prepare a pasta dish and a salad.
                     He gives the family recipes and menus to use for the rest of week and
                     will come back to follow up.
             Example story # 2
                 I have spent the greater part of my life obese by medical
Example           standards. I grew up on the packaged foods that most of the
story from        kids of my generation ate. When I moved to New York last
Michael           August, I decide this was the chance I needed to change my
                  life. Using the subway system I walked more, all of the chain
Humphrey          restaurants had to list their calories and trans fatty foods are
                  banned–that was the kick-start I needed. I visited the
                  nutritionist on my insurance plan, walked as much as I
                  could and counted calories. Once the easy pounds came off
                  and I got stuck, I started using the gym. So far I have lost 60
                  pounds and still have 20 more before I hit a healthy weight.
                  There are no tricks to it, I began moving more and eating
                  better. It was simple but not easy. The struggle is fighting
                  those cravings as my brain courses through its addictions. I
                  have to keep my mind on other things, to eat foods that are
                  healthy but filling, to avoid giant portions more than
                  specific foods and to eat more vegetables. These are all of
                  the points Oliver makes on his show.
                 It is the wake-up call our nation needs to kick its habit.
Letter to the mayor
May 13, 2010

Mayor Harold Perrin
515 W Washington Ave.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Dear Mr. Perrin,

We are Early Childhood Education students at Arkansas State University advocating for child
nutrition. We feel very strongly that child obesity is becoming a major issue, with statistics
saying that “Today's generation is the first generation of Americans in 200 years NOT expected
to outlive their parents”. We believe our children are the future, and if we don’t do something to
change this problem, where does our future stand? We would like to help families make better
food choices at home, and ensure that schools are doing their best to provide nutritionally based
meals as well. With todays fast pace lifestyle, we understand that it is difficult to have a healthy
home cooked meal every night, but fast, convenient food is taking over our lives. Part of the
reason this is becoming a problem is because not all people are nutritionally educated. We are
advocating for this education to help our society understand and learn about the problems
childhood and adult obesity is and will cause. We also need to educate our children to make
better food choices. They need more exercise and less television. It is our fault for letting them
become this way and we must change it now. We are asking for your help and support to guide
our children to a healthier lifestyle. We don’t want them to be the first generation to not outlive
their parents due to mistakes we make in food choices.


Hannah Harper
Wendie Castleman
Madison Summers


Which would you rather
    your child eat?
       Option 1___
       Option 2___

     Kids First--Nutrition Advocacy

            Jonesboro, AR
      opponents’ arguments
                    When it comes to childhood obesity, the first thing society
A look from          looks at are the schools. Although it is easy to blame, that
another              might not always be the case. What happens at home with
point of view.       the children during the afternoons and on weekends is up to
                     the parents or guardians. Technology is beginning to
                     consume children's life. Video Games, televisions, and
                     computers are more important to children now then riding
                     bicycles and climbing trees, activities that require physical
                     activity. Not only is there lack of exercise at home, but
                     when some children get out of school, their parents stop at a
                     fast food restaurant for a snack to hold them over until
                     dinner time, and then still eat a full meal. It has been said
                     that commercials such as McDonalds prey on children
                     wanting unhealthy foods. Instead of parents pushing
                     healthy food and exercise, they take the convenient and easy
                     way out. If putting a Nintendo in front of a child buys a
                     parent a little more quiet time or free time, they that is
                     usually what they do. It has also been reported that 40% of
                     children in the United States between 5 and 8 are obese.

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Jamie Oliver          Food Revolution Campaign
Mayor Harold Perrin   Mayor of Arkansas

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