Target: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
Goal: Thank schools for initiating programs that promote exercise and healthy eating
Childhood obesity is a complex problem in the United States. While obesity is often complicated by genetics, it can be combated with healthy food choices and appropriate amounts of exercise. Of course, balancing one’s diet and getting enough exercise is easier said than done for most people, let alone high school students. However, recently in South King County, Washington, seven participating school districts have shown remarkable improvement in these challenge areas. For the first time in a decade, these schools are showing a decline in the number of obesity cases. Congratulate these school districts for their commitment to fighting obesity.
It is a wonder that these school districts were able to tackle this problem so effectively. The schools were able to achieve such wonderful results because they were directly involved in programs sponsored by Communities Putting Prevention to Work, a national obesity-prevention initiative. With federal stimulus money, the schools updated exercise equipment and brought healthier food options into the schools.
The programs targeted the creation of additional places to exercise, including safe bike paths. It also focused on improving students’ diets. Outside of lunch hours, students do not usually have a lot of options, except for vending machines, which often only have sugary drinks and snacks. With the help of these programs, the schools now have more options for a healthier lifestyle.
The programs initiated by South King County Schools are just a start, but it is the first time in a decade that noticeable change is being made to combat childhood obesity in schools in the city. By letting school districts nationwide see their groundbreaking progress, perhaps theirs will inspire others to follow in their footsteps. Congratulate Seattle on its remarkable progress on an issue that affects students nationwide.
Dear Mayor Ed Murray,
As Mayor of Seattle you should be congratulated on the amazing progress that Seattle school districts have shown on fighting obesity. Childhood obesity is a serious problem with many complicated factors, including diet and exercise. Students are a prime target for obesity. They spend long hours in class and doing homework and not all students have support from their families to eat well or exercise.
Communities Putting Prevention to Work, a national initiative to prevent obesity, has been making a big difference in Seattle area school districts. For the first time in ten years the numbers have shown a startling decrease in obesity rates.
The initiative, which is backed by federal stimulus money, focuses on creating opportunities for students to exercise in safe ways. In addition to updating exercise equipment available at schools, the initiative has also helped to create safe bike paths in communities that did not have safe places for students to bike. The initiative also tackles the diet side of obesity. Since schools are a notorious breeding ground for unhealthy junk food, the initiative focuses on bringing healthier choices to students so they are not forced to consume sugar-laden products because of a lack of alternatives.
The school districts that participated saw record drops in obesity rates. Congratulations on such success. Seattle is lucky to be able to participate in such a great federal program, but it is not all luck. The students and organizers who worked hard to see these programs accomplish their goals are to be applauded for their efforts. Hopefully this will be just the first step in the fight against obesity. Please use your position as Mayor to congratulate these individuals and to keep fighting obesity in Seattle.
[Your Name Here]
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