Persuasive speeches are all about getting your audience to make a
change, and CM 111 student Tara Ellis has certainly made that happen! As part
of her final project for speech communications, she delivered a persuasive presentation urging the Minneapolis campus to join the Blue Cross do campaign to help prevent the spread of type II diabetes.
The Blue Cross do campaign encourages Minnesotans to move more and eat better in order to improve overall health. Blue Cross developed the do campaign in 2004 to encourage Minnesotans to meet the recommended physical activity guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Physical inactivity and unhealthy eating, combined, remain the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. We also know that they are contributing factors that lead to obesity and that if left unchecked, obesity will add an additional $3.7 billion in health care costs annually in Minnesota by 2020. Tara convinced staff, faculty, and students alike that this is important throughout the two weeks she spent gathering signatures.
Tara is scheduled to meet with the campus directors later this month to discuss how the campus can become involved in this program. Great idea, Tara!