Michelle Obama Faces Off With GOP On School Lunch Rules Claiming To Know What’s Best For American Children

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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.”

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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.

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It does not look to me as if the First family is abiding by the some ‘healthy’ eating habits.

obama-eating-burger-friesDo our children get to eat ice cream too?

Sasha Obama, the daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama eats ice cream in Florida

It seems Obama is exempt from Michelle’s ‘healthy’ eating standards.

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Apparently Joe Biden did not get the ‘healthy standard’ memo either.

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1 COMMENT

  1. You guys need to stop her NOW. Lets not let her get away with making decisions since she was not elected for anything. She is overstepping her role and that is wife of the president. She has no power and should be ignored and allow school lunches to be planned by the experts, which she isnt. I am 60 years old and very healthy and my school lunches were good back then. We made the mistake of letting high schools have more unhealthy foods as a choice. Go back to the food pyramid and give no other choices. No soft drinks, chips, and proceed to feed the kids.

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