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Michelle Obama promises childhood obesity plan

By Jane Black
In another sign that Michelle Obama is making healthful eating by children her signature issue, the first lady promised to outline a "major initiative on childhood obesity that will mobilize the combined resources of the federal government" to work with cities, foundations, businesses and non-profits.

The goals of the initiative include increasing the number of USDA-accredited "healthy schools," where children have access to nutritious food; providing more opportunities for kids to be physically active; and ensuring that healthful food is available in low-income neighborhoods.

"The idea here is very simple: to put in place commonsense initiatives and solutions that empower families and communities to make healthy decisions for their kids," Obama told the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington on Wednesday.

Obama chose to make the announcement of the announcement (this is how things roll in Washington) to mayors because they play a unique role in these issues, said Obama's policy director, Jocelyn Frye. The initiative has been in the works, she added, since last spring.

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The more kids are raised in an urban or even suburban environment the greater the risk of increased obesity.

I grew up in the 50s and 60s in a small rural setting in NJ. Most of kids I knew grew up on farms and thus rose early to do farm chores and again when they got home. On the weekends we all skated, did sledding, shoveled sidewalks, driveways, etc. In the fall all kids raked leaves. Now I ask you, when is the last time you saw grade school kids cutting grass, shoveling snow, raking leaves?

It is lack of exercise that is causing much of this weight gain in America. I live on a 65 mile bike trail that is beautifully maintained at taxpayer expense, and rarely do I see anybody use it.

I would say that when I grew up the portion size of meals was less. I would not say the meals were more healthy, but in most cases kids didn't have access to soda, cookies, etc., like they do today. Most families were larger and the food had to be fairly divided up.

I would agree that most kitchens in the US are getting little use. Most women don't know how to cook from scratch anymore and frankly they don't seem to have an interest. We should bring back home economics for all high school students so they have basic instruction in a kitchen.

Did you know that the average person buys the same 100 items in the store every week?

Posted by: jkachmar | January 21, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

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