Target: U.S. Agricultural Department
Goal: Commend U.S. Agricultural Department for banning the sale of junk food in order to promote student health
The U.S. Agricultural Department recently banned the sale of junk food—such as candy, soda, and sports drinks—in school, and replaced these options with healthier, wholesome snacks. Schools that utilize vending machines are now required to fill them with granola bars, dried fruit, and whole wheat crackers.
Though healthier lunches have been working their way into schools, the unhealthy ingredients in sugary or salty processed snacks counteract the health benefits of wholesome meals. In addition, many students use their lunch money to purchase junk food in place of proper meals, causing them to receive inadequate nutrition and an overload of sugar, fat, and sodium.
An issue commonly pointed out is that without proper education about nutrition and health, students will continue to consume unhealthy snacks outside of school. However, health educators have taken the initiative to implement more nutrition education that will work with the snack food ban to help improve the overall health and nourishment of schoolchildren.
By signing this petition you will help us thank the U.S. Agricultural Department for effectively putting a ban on junk food sales in schools to help students lead healthier lives.
To the U.S. Agricultural Department:
I would like to thank you for taking the initiative and banning the sales of junk food in schools. This is one step closer than healthier lunch programs to improve students’ overall health. The reason is that though schools are now trying to serve healthy lunches, many students will overload on junk food anyway or use their lunch money to buy snack food. They will thus still take in a large amount of sugar, fat, and sodium, and suffer from inadequate nutrition.
I am also glad to hear that educators plan to implement more health education so that students understand the consequences of eating improperly. Thus, not only will they not be exposed to junk food in school, they will also know better than to consume it at home.
Again, I am grateful for your efforts in promoting the health and well-being of students in the United States and for taking the initiative to make changes in students’ diets.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credits: YoZone Vending Machine via Wikimedia Commons