If child obesity is a problem at your local school, use these tips to persuade the school to try to turn the situation around.
- Step 1: Thank the principal for the meeting when you leave, and follow up with a written thank you note. Continue to advocate for your idea by scheduling regular meetings with the principal and other school officials.
- FACT: An estimated 61 percent of overweight young people have at least one additional risk factor for heart disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
- Step 2: Give the principal a letter describing your proposal, a list of individuals supporting the proposal, and documents describing how the proposal might be implemented.
- Step 3: Make an appointment with the school's principal to explain what you are proposing. Emphasize the importance of addressing obesity as early as possible in an individual's life.
- TIP: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified ways that schools can fight child obesity on its website. Check "cdc.gov":http://cdc.gov/ for details.
- Step 4: Ask friends, teachers, and parents to persuade the school to adopt a program to fight obesity. Collect the names of individuals who support your proposal and submit a petition to the school.
- Step 5: Identify ways that the school can fight child obesity. These might include serving healthier school lunches and offering more extracurricular physical activities to students.