our plan to end childhood obesisty
CHANDLER - RYAN - SOPHIA - SAMARA
After our poster has been made, we prepared for the Forum. The Forum was successful although Chandler was not here to help us with the presentation. During the Forum, we described to people our issue and how it is affecting the community. We showed the differences between the data from before and the data from after the change in students’ diets. They asked questions about if the diets changed and who won the raffle. The data of healthy foods bought, increased (including faculty). The seventh graders seemed to do more of the healthy eating which ended as a seventh grade student winning the raffle. Many parents were glad to hear that their children were acting healthier and that the data increased. Overall, the Forum went well and we came across the point that our project can become a long-term process.
Over the past few weeks, our group have made a lot of progress. We narrowed our topic down to a lot of smaller topics. We based our project off of childhood obesity. This week, we have taken our collected data to make the poster. We have also collected data two days before we put our project into use and we compared it to two days after we put our project into use. Our idea to put tickets on healthy food items helped because people chose to eat healthier options. We hope our idea made an impact on people and made them decide to eat healthier, not only for two days but for the rest of their life. Our group collected tickets all over campus and one person has the most tickets. The winner will be chosen and given a prize as soon as possible. Something we could've done differently is have a better system for collecting the tickets and spaced our time out better.
This past week has been difficult for our group. We had a few ideas such as, raising the prices of unhealthy foods, and putting them in a raffle system for the healthy food eaters. We realized that raising the prices of unhealthy foods wasn’t a good idea because some people would not be pleased with the higher prices. We also realized that the raffle idea would be putting more work on the people that work the pavillion. It would also lead to longer line in the pavillion because it would be a longer process for the whole ticket idea. Then are group got together to dicuss a new plan. Originally we had the idea to put stickers on the healthy/low sugar foods, at first we thought that this idea wasn’t going to work because we thought it was going to be too difficult for the people in the pavillion. They we revisited the idea and we are now going to put the stickers on the foods during our free periods. This will hopefully boost people in the right direction to eat healthier foods.
Last week our idea was to increase the prices of the unhealthy foods in the pavilion. After speaking with Jacqueline Varney, assistant director of operations, we learned that we would not be able to do this because the pavilion will not allow it. But, we have developed a new idea. Our new idea is to put thumbs up stickers on all of the healthy/low sugar foods. When students pay in the pavilion they will take off the sticker and write their names on it. After this they will place their sticker into a box. The sticker is their “raffle” ticket. At the end of the week we will count who has the most raffle tickets. The top three students with the most tickets will win a prize. In order to determine the three prizes we will ask our classmates what they would want to win. From this idea we hope it will inspire all students to eat healthy. Even though, it will only be for a week we hope that it gets students into a habit of healthy eating.
Originally, we had an idea to call schools and ask what they serve for lunch, then we realized that was too broad of a topic. After we brainstormed a little more, our group decided to put stickers on food items in the pavilion saying what consequences that food can cause. Then we found out that when people wanted to decrease smoking,. they started to raise the prices, so we decided to try and raise the prices of certain foods in the pavilion or in the Grab-n-Go. Over multiple discussions as group members, we decided to have a meeting with Kahn, the head of Culinart in the Pavilion to discuss the issues with some of the food options and how many students buy the same thing each week. We also are going to ask his permission on price raises. By raising the prices of unhealthier foods, the results can end in two ways. One way is that students will continue to buy those items and Culinart will get more money. The second result would be that student stop buying the unhealthy items and Culinart might stop getting paid as much because the most popular items aren't being bought. We are willing to make those changes to increase your health as a student at Windward. This solution can be reproduced over and over again. When new students come to windward, they will see what ‘snacking’ options are too unhealthy for them especially if they need a certain amount of calories because of being an athlete or because of their age. The USDA estimates that a person that usually sits down almost all day, 9 to 13 of them need 1,600 to 2,000 calories a day. And if they are moderately active, 1,800 to 2,200 calories each day. For boys ages 14 to 18, they require 2,000 to 2,400 calories every day. And girls that are active require about 1.800 to 2,200 calories. Teen athletes generally have more muscle mass, which also burns calories even at rest. TeensHealth reports that some teenage athletes may require 2,000 to 5,000 calories per day to meet daily energy needs. Male teen athletes often require more calories than female teen athletes.