Posted by: janellehilmes | September 15, 2010

Childhood obesity, Care for Kids, and entrepreneurship in prison

Robertson, Campbell. “First Lady Asks Congress to Join Childhood Obesity Fight.” The New York Times – Politics. 8 Sept. 2010. Web. 12 Sept. 2010.
First lady Michelle Obama spoke at an elementary school in Louisiana this week, addressing the issue of childhood obesity. She asked congress to join her in the fight against childhood obesity by passing the Child Nutrition Legislation. This would give more money to schools to encourage exercise, make school meals more nutritious, and provide more free and reduced price school meals. Mrs. Obama unveiled a campaign in February titled “Let’s Move!” It is also aimed at children to put an end to childhood obesity.
I think that this campaign sounds great but I believe that it is mostly up to the parents to get their kids moving and keep their kids fit. I think that the government can only do so much, and although this is an issue in America, the government can’t change childhood obesity. I believe that we should be educating parents about getting their kids to play outside and eat healthy. And beyond that, the government shouldn’t do very much.
A School District’s Initiative for Social and Emotional Learning Pays Off | Edutopia.” K-12 Education & Learning Innovations with Proven Strategies That Work | Edutopia. 18 Dec. 2009. Web. 12 Sept. 2010.
A school district in Louisville, Kentucky started a program called Care for Kids. This is an effort to make school an enjoyable place to be, end school violence, and increase learning. So far it is working wonders. The schools involved teach conflict resolution, implement “appropriate” consequences, and teach social and emotional skills. They also set expectations up front and show kids how to behave so they won’t have to deal with as many discipline issues later. These schools have improved academically in every area, and teachers say that the whole environment has changed.
I am completely on board with this program. It sounds like they are doing great things and really changing how school is run. It would be great if every school would implement a program where the teachers are dedicated to making a difference in the kids lives. School is where we as students spend the most time, and it would be great if every child had a positive outlook on going to school.
Joyner, April. “CEO Passions: Teaching Prisoners.” Small Business and Small Business Information for the Entrepreneur. 01 Apr. 2010. Web. 13 Sept. 2010. <;.
Brian Hamilton started an entrepreneurship class in prisons in North Carolina. He teaches prisoners serving time for things like drug dealing and robbery how to turn their lives around when they get out of jail. These inmates are people who have less than 6 months left in jail and need help getting on their feet.  Students learn about sales, marketing, and customer service. Many people start their own businesses after leaving jail. They are very successful after the program and many have started businesses. Entrepreneurship classes are very helpful in assisting prisoners with the transition from jail to real life.


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    You’re really looking at some cool stuff here: and I think I can see some common themes emerging in the posts you’ve done, so does that mean you’re thinking of a project idea now???

    Mr. A

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