Persuasive Letter - NUR 405


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Persuasive Letter NUR 405

February 10, 2011

Ed Pratt-Dannals

School Board Superintendent

Duval County School Board

1701 Prudential Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32207

Dear Mr. Pratt-Dannals:

I understand that childhood obesity concerns have been on your priority list for some time now. I am currently a Registered Nurse enrolled in the University of Phoenix to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Recently, we had a community assessment assignment to identify aspects within my community that could adversely affect the health of the community. I identified childhood obesity as one of those factors. My job now is to respectfully pursue due diligence to enlighten the Board Members of precipitating factors that are contributing to this countywide epidemic. With rising costs and a slowing economy, I commend your efforts to explore additional ways the Duval County School Board can implement a more profitable margin with the various food programs you have recently implemented.

Part 2 of the Persuasive Letter

As you probably know, there are pros and cons to everything. During my community assessment, a major factor was obesity that is currently adversely affecting our community’s health. Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is the Honor Society of Nursing that works with the World Health Organization (WHO) that help to provide global initiatives to make a healthier more balanced world (STTI, 2011). In 2004, at the World Health Organization Assembly, a global initiative was adopted in reference to obesity. The WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health was born. This initiative focuses on the measures that need to be taken to help aid in the adoption of balanced diets and consistent physical exercise (WHO, 2011).

Part 3 of the Persuasive Letter

Obesity in children has been linked to poor eating habits, overeating, lack of exercise, and health disorders among other things (American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry, 2009). Childhood obesity is a growing problem, and part of that problem is the increase in food options that children have in school (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). The addition of the a-la carte items causes some students to stray from the menu that meets the dietary guidelines. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established standards requiring schools to plan menus in the 1995 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, but these standards do not apply to a la carte foods (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000).

Students’ food choices are influenced by the total eating environment created by schools ( This menu was meant to be appealing to children however; most children eat these items for daily staples, rather than the traditional school lunch (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). To address the objectives in Healthy People 2010, the causes of childhood obesity must be looked at.

Part 4 of the Persuasive Letter

Through my research, I found that children are not normally born obese; they become obese due to one or more causes. Some obesity is caused by medical disorders, but most obesity is due to poor eating habits, lack of exercise, genetics, and learned behaviors. A child will naturally pick what they like to eat, rather than what is good for them. Combine poor food choices with the knowledge that... [continues]

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