December 14, 2010
Dr. José M. Torres
Superintendent of School District U-46
District U-46 School Board
355 E. Chicago Street
Elgin, Illinois - 60120
Dear Mr. Torres,
I would like to thank you for the excellent work that district U-46 has accomplished over the year in academic results, but there is still more that can be improved. According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academics (IMNA), “About nine million children over six years are considered obese” (Monghan). Obesity taking over about 20 percent of a person’s body is considered a disease because it is associated with so many health problems, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and etc. Children are starting to get diseases and health problems that have previously been seen in adults such as: type 2 diabetes and asthma. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Approximately 300,000 deaths a year in this country are currently associated with people being overweight and obesity” (Satcher). Also, “Obesity incidences among American children have dangerously climbed from 5% in the 1980s to 15.3% in 2000” (“Fighting”).
Recent articles and data have shown me that there are solutions available to put end to childhood obesity. I’m asking for your support to put the pressure on schools to serve healthier and more nutritious lunches to students in order to reduce the childhood obesity in our children.
One of the solutions in reducing childhood obesity is to make mandatory physical education classes, and also lengthen the time period of the P.E. classes. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) recommends that, “Schools should provide 150 minutes of instructional physical education for elementary school children, and 225 minutes for middle and high school students per week for the entire school year.” Also, NASPE believes that “A quality physical education program provides learning opportunities,...
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