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Announcing The Topic To The 2013/2014 SRM Competition…
“How to Eliminate Childhood Obesity”
Obesity and, in particular, childhood obesity is an epidemic plaguing our nation. More than 30% of Michigan’s children ages 10-17 are considered obese with Michigan ranking 25th in the nation (Alliance for a Healthier Generation, 2012) and 27th in the world (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2012). The Growing problem of childhood obesity is leading us to a public health crisis with overweight children becoming overweight adults. The risk factors for long term health issues increase dramatically as a result of obesity. According to the Center for Disease Control, roughly 70 percent of obese children are thought to have at least one risk factor for heart disease. Other health risks include diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol which all lead to increased medical costs. What solutions do you propose to help reduce Michigan’s childhood obesity rate and how would you implement them?
The STUDENTS REINVENTING MICHIGAN Corporation sponsors an annual competition open to all undergraduate students who are attending Michigan universities, colleges, or community colleges. The Competition engages students in finding solutions to contemporary problems that face the Legislature and citizens of Michigan. Each year, students are asked to solve a different and challenging problem that faces our state. Winners will receive cash prizes.
What last year’s participants are saying about the Students Reinventing Michigan Competition:
I want to thank you for all your and Jim’s hard work and generosity. Today was such a wonderful experience for me. Lunch was great (the chicken was fantastic) and meeting with the legislators was a great networking opportunity. (I came home with my breast pocket full of business cards.) Overall, the experience has been rewarding on many levels — intellectually, in the writing of the proposal; public speaking, in the presentation of the proposal; and networking, in meeting all of the people we did today.
All of your hard work has created such a rewarding program. Participating in it has been the highlight of my year, and one of the main experiences of my undergraduate career. My sincerest thanks.
Participating in the Students Reinventing Michigan Competition was probably one of the best experiences of my college career thus far. The experience I gained as well as the lessons I learned from submitting a proposal to the competition are unmatched my almost any of my other experiences. Especially since I feel that our proposal could actually have a significant impact on the real problems facing Michigan.
A few words about my experience:
I was enrolled in Sociology of Education when I became aware of the Students Reinventing Michigan competition, and I thought it would be a great way to apply what I was learning. While researching, I had the opportunity to delve into the interworkings of Michigan’s educational policy and found it fascinating, which has prompted me to explore career pathways in educational policy. Dr. Mari Dagaz advised me on the project and was instrumental in helping me develop the idea into a full-scale proposal. Though I am unable to attend the presentation, I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to have my idea heard by Michigan policy makers.
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