The State of Obesity

PRE-PROPOSAL 1. Media Artifact

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:

my media artifact: The State of Obesity

2. Persona and POV statement

Persona: Persona name: Freddy Cousins Age:12 School/occupation: Student   Location: Ypsilanti, MI   Quote: "If you can believe it, your mind can achieve it"   About:
  • Unhealthy eating habits, obese, favorite food is doritos
  • Exercises very little, prefers to play video games and watch TV
  • Parents are divorced and lives with his father who works midnights, no contact with mom. 
  • Struggles to keep up with school work
  • low energy
  • To improve his physical fitness so he can make the 6th grade football team
  • Start eating healthier by eating breakfast and a healthy lunch
  • Stop spending money at lunchroom vending machines snacks and buy a healty school lunch instead
  • Develop a home rountine that includes homework before video games. 


POV Statement:
  • User (be specific and use empathetic language, e.g., Karla, a busy and high achieving high school student…):
  • Need (identifies a need that is meaningful and includes feelings, e.g. …needs a way to feel less stress at school…):
  • Insight (incorporates your observations; often unexpected, …because there is a lot of chaos in her life and she wants to feel more calm, peace, and mindfulness in her day.):
Freddy is an impressionable adolescent with great potential who needs a way to access parental support and care for healthier eating, school support and fitness goals because his current choices are leaving him feeling unsupported and having little control of his future and goals.  


3. Potential Solutions:

Describe three reasonable, feasible potential solutions or approaches that would help address this problem.

SOLUTION 1: Freddy needs to begin buy school breakfast and lunch as a way to ensure his nutritional needs are being met. 

Schools should have a mandated healthy breakfast option for students and students should be encouraged to attend. 

SOLUTION 2: Schools should provide a very healthy lunch for students, with things like vegetables, fruits and a protein with every meal. Instead of handing out pizza or taco options, school lunched should be focused on healthy options. All unhealthy options should be prohibited in schools.

SOLUTION 3: A hands on course that helps students to create healthy meal options and meal plans that they could use throughout their life. Helping to establish healthy eating habits early in life will help them to maintain a healthy living throghout their entire life. 



Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal: Michigan Legislature - Act 315 of 2008 Farm to School Procurement Act

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan: This proposal aims to do a small part in helping to reduce the lifelong effects of childhood obesity. Childhood obesity can be reduced by educating our youth on not only proper nutriton habits, but how to make healthy meals for themselves away from school, and help to create a healthy meal plan for students. With the help of the Farm to School Procurement Act schools have acess to healthy nutrition options for students. The next step is to create a classroom course where students are instructed to create healthy meals for themselves, instead of unhealthy options like cookies, cakes, and other unhealthy foods you often see in these classes. 

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

I learned about the issues underlying my proposal with hands on experience in local classrooms through the help of the Livonia Public School district. I often found courses pertaining to teach students how to use kitchen appliances however they focused on unhealthy options in their courses like how to bake cookies, cakes, and breads. These unhealthy options could be detrimental and be factors pertaining to childhood obesity. 

How has your service activity influenced your thinking about this proposal?

During the time I spent with the Food Gatherers I had realized that schools have access to healthy food options, however many of the schools do not use this to their advantage.

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:



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Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:

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Research process:

Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit.  In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.


Author contributions:

Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?


The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.

Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.




(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).





(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)


What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?




Costs and funding:

What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from?  Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?  



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