Michelle Obama is fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and says she’s ready “to fight until the bitter end.”
Michelle went so far to mock the GOP effort in an opinion column and argued her case on Twitter.
“Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches?” she wrote in The New York Times. “You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn’t make much sense. Yet we’re seeing the same thing happening again with these new efforts to lower nutrition standards in our schools.”
Four years ago Michelle aggressively lobbied behind the scenes for the ‘Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010’, which requires more fruit, vegetables and whole grains in school meals, along with less sodium, sugar and fat. It was a major achievement and thought to be a success being the first update to school lunch rules in decades designed to make school meals more nutritious.
FOX News reported that the School Nutrition Association, an industry-backed group that represents school cafeteria workers and originally supported the standards, has now turned against new lunch ‘standards.’ The association says it fully supports getting kids to eat healthier but says many districts are losing money because students aren’t buying the healthier lunches; the kids do not like the food and many complain of being hungry all day.
More than 1 million fewer students eat lunch at school each day since the first round of standards went into effect in 2012, following decades of steadily increasing participation, said Diane Pratt-Heavner, a spokeswoman for the association, citing federal data. A second round of rules, including standards for school breakfasts, took effect July 1.
“How can we call these standards a success when they are driving students away from the program?” she said.
Diane Pratt-Heavner group’s wants more flexibility for districts that are losing money. A House bill to fund the Agriculture Department next year would give districts a chance to apply to skip the requirements for one year.
Regardless of the facts presented that schools are losing money and children are not participating Michelle Obama intends to fight on for her lost cause in spite of what’s best for the children.
“I’m going to fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have in our schools,” Michelle said at a White House event where she showcased elementary school students preparing and then eating a salad lunch using vegetables they had planted in her garden on the South Lawn.
Michelle should live by what she preaches.
It does not look to me as if the First family is abiding by the some ‘healthy’ eating habits.
It seems Obama is exempt from Michelle’s ‘healthy’ eating standards.
Apparently Joe Biden did not get the ‘healthy standard’ memo either.