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Persuasive Speech-The Importance of Healthy Eating

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by Hannah Silvers on 9 December 2012

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Transcript of Persuasive Speech-The Importance of Healthy Eating

"How do you build up your bank account? By putting something in it everyday. Your health account is no different. What I do today, I am wearing tomorrow. If I put inferior foods in my body today, I’m going to be inferior tomorrow, it’s that simple."
-Jack Lalanne (The Ignited Life). The theme of my speech is to persuade you to eat healthy meals. First, I will inform you of the importance of eating healthy. Second, I will argue for a workable and practical solution. Third, I will visualize the benefits of my solution. Works Cited:

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"Nutrition." The free dictionary. Farlex Inc., 2012. Web. 30 Jun 2012. <http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/nutrition>. Works Cited:

Pollan, Michael. ""Why Bother?"." New York Times Magazine. N.p., 2008. Web. 1 Jul 2012. <http://michaelpollan.com>.

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"Smart Nutrition 101." Smart nutrition starts here. N.p., 2011. Web. 30 Jun 2012. <http://www.nutrition.gov>. First, I will inform you of the importance of healthy eating. I will begin with the definition of a healthy diet: “ What is a ‘healthy diet’?
·A healthy eating pattern is one that provides enough of each essential nutrient from nutrient-dense foods, contains a variety of foods from all of the basic food groups, and focuses on balancing calories consumed with calories expended to help you achieve and sustain a healthy weight. This eating pattern limits intake of solid fats, sugar, salt (sodium) and alcohol. "
(Smart Nutrition 101). Now that we know what a healthy diet consists of, we need to know why it is important for us to eat healthy:
-Increases our general health
-Gives us energy to get through the day
-Helps us sleep better at night.
-Because of these factors, we will have an easier time doing well in school and on the job. Survey data:
-70% said they valued eating healthy
BUT...only 40% of the class said they ate healthily "most of the time."
-This means that the need for healthy eating is recognized, but not so much taken into action in our lives. Today, we will go over some factors that prevented students from eating healthy. Oppositions to healthy eating:
-The Level of Importance
-The Inconvenience
-The cost Second, I will argue for a workable and practical solution. Refuting the opposition:
1. It is important it is to have a healthy diet.
2. It is convenient to eat healthy, especially in the long run.
3. Eating healthy is inexpensive, if you know how to shop right. 2. How to make eating healthy simple:
-Simplest rule: "Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."-Michael Pollan
-Shop along the perimeter of the store
-Think outside the box, literally- when preparing meals. Possible Solutions:
1. How we can have a healthy diet: 3. How eating healthy can be done inexpensively:
-Buy fruits and vegetables in season.
-Buy staple items while on sale, and store at home (pasta, rice, beans)
-Buy meat in bulk for better price, separate it into individual bags, and store in freezer.
-Frozen veggies/fruit
-Cook in large quantities, and enjoy the meal throughout the week.
-Sandwiches are a good + inexpensive meal. “The USDA recommendation for adults is that consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy products should not exceed 20% of total daily caloric intake. The rest (80%) should be devoted to vegetables, fruits, and grains.” (Nutrition). A workable and practical solution: Sheri Barke, who is the Nutrition Coach at COC, teaches health 149: Nutrition for Fitness and Balanced Living. Health 149 focuses on the "practical tools for eating well, being active, and feeling good (including how to eat on the run, deal with difficult social eating situations, eat for optimal exercise performance, grocery shop and cook, manage stress, and evaluate popular diets and supplements)." (Barke).
Sheri has both managed how to eat healthy, and taught many people how to do the same-including me. Third: Visualizing the benefits of my solution
1: Better sleep at night
2: Higher level of energy throughout the day
3: Higher success rate in school In Summary:
Today, I have informed you of the importance of eating healthy. Second, I have displayed a workable and practical solution. Third, I have visualized the benefits of my solution. By having a healthy diet, we can begin to see results immediately, with higher energy levels during the day, and better sleep during the night. Getting better sleep and having more energy will greatly contribute to the academic success of students. * *
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