Model Persuasive Post


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A persuasive post written as part of a persuasive writing unit for sixth graders

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Model Persuasive Post

  1. 1. Mrs. Doss Model Persuasive Post Many school lunch programs across this great nation believe that it's perfectly ethical to serve foods packed full of saturated fat, added sugars, and mounds of sodium as long as students are also presented with a few healthy alternatives; I must disagree! What I'm trying to argue is that every dish served to students should—at the very least—be a healthy, nutritious selection. If school lunch programs want to help American children become healthy, fit adults, then it only makes sense to remove “junk” foods loaded with sodium, sugar and artery-clogging saturated fat from the lunch menus. Imagine a day in the life of a typical middle school student. The student wakes early after a very late bedtime and crams two hot, gooey Pop Tarts in his mouth—or worse—downs a huge can of Monster. Next, he’s off to school hyped up on sugar and caffeine; he almost convulses as he walks through the front door. After a morning of sugar rushes and the inevitable sugar crash, the student finally hears the shrill yet inviting sound of the lunch bell. He pushes and shoves his way into the front of the line and piles his plate full. What is on his plate? It’s important to notice here that most students, when presented with a choice—are going to choose unhealthy foods. The nation’s schools have an opportunity to provide students with a healthy, balanced meal—possibly the only healthy meal they receive all day. Instead, school lunch programs continue to provide students with tempting and unhealthy food. According to Barry Yeoman, a current affairs reporter and author of Smart Growth, “The food service association estimates that 30 percent of all public high schools currently sell Burger King and Dominos Pizza in their cafeterias alongside federally subsidized meals, and many more dispense chips and soda in vending machines.” Every single day students stare down at lunch meals that could potentially cause obesity, diabetes, and many other health issues. The Washington Post reports, “The percentage of obese children has increased in all age groups since the late 1970s.” Could the food America’s youth consumes at school be a factor in the obesity epidemic? When asked to comment about school lunches in Huntsville, Alabama, Carol Wheelock—child nutrition director— claims, “Adding some fat is the only way to get kids to eat green vegetables. You can’t eliminate french fries; they’d [students] love to have pizza and french fries every day.” My response to Wheelock: students can’t eat unhealthy food if it is not provided! School is supposed to be a place where students increase their knowledge and grow intellectually. Instead, school lunches are ensuring that students increase their pants size and grow wider around the middle. Give the children of the U.S. a chance at a healthy lifestyle! Make sure that students leave the lunch room with a plate piled high of whole grains, fruits, veggies, and lean meats! Eliminate fatty foods and sugar-filled vending machine selections from lunch rooms across the nation. Connie Holt, a dietician who also teaches in Pennsylvania, said it best: If Johnny can't read by first grade, parents are going to be up in arms. But if he gains five pounds in first grade and doesn't eat well, nobody's going to say anything. [With] All of the health problems we're seeing in the adult world, we have an opportunity to make a difference -- but only if we approach school lunch differently. Everyday, students across the United States march to cafeterias, pile food onto trays, and munch on school lunch