Write a Letter to the Editor
A letter to the editor (LTE) is a great way to spread awareness about your issue. Your LTE can be focused on more of an emotional experience with your cause, or it could be more straightforward and fact-based. We’ve included an example letter to the editor below. Here are some key points to remember as you write your own letter:
- Your LTE should be short and concise.
- Include your name and contact information (including phone number) when you submit your letter. The publication will often call to verify that you truly submitted it.
- Talk about the issue from your perspective. Why is this important to you? Why do you think it would be important to people in your community?
It was incredibly alarming for me to learn that the current generation of children in our country may have shorter life expectancies than their parents. To be a leader, we should lead by example and work harder to help our children grow up healthy. Rates of type 2 diabetes and heart disease continue to rise. As a [PARENT or TEACHER or CONCERNED MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY], I realize our children spend many of their waking hours at school. As a result, it is critical for schools and others to help encourage kids to establish proper eating and physical activity habits in order to avoid these preventable diseases and maintain good health throughout their lives.
We must act now to ensure our children are being taught the value of physical activity, nutrition, and general healthy habits from a young age. One way we can accomplish this is by partnering with our local schools to improve or develop a wellness policy to ensure our kids have a healthy and active environment, and learn lessons during the school day that will carry on for a lifetime.
Unfortunately, local school wellness policies are often underdeveloped and don’t address the unique needs of each school. I believe that we, as parents, teachers and community members, have an obligation to ensure these policies are developed and implemented, to help our kids form healthy habits that will help keep them healthy as adults.
133 Fairfield Street
St. Albans, VT 05478