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Michelle Obama on obesity: Time for a wake-up call


Michelle Obama introduces Let's Move, an initiative to fight childhood obesity at the White House. (Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

After weeks of buzz and buildup, Michelle Obama introduced "Let's Move," her initiative to fight childhood obesity.

Surrounded in the White House State Dining Room by a sports star, doctor, urban farmer and, of course, the ever-present students from Bancroft Elementary, Obama outlined her plan, which includes establishing a high-powered task force, improving school lunch and, most notably, allocating $400 million per year to eliminate "food deserts," areas without grocery stores or access to fresh and healthful food.

"This isn't like a disease where we're still waiting for the cure to be discovered - we know the cure for this," Obama said of childhood obesity. "We have everything we need, right now, to help our kids lead healthy lives. Rarely in the history of this country have we encountered a problem of such magnitude and consequence that is so eminently solvable."

After all the buildup, many White House watchers may not see much new in the announcement. In speeches at the garden on the White House lawn and, most recently, at the US Conference of Mayors, Obama has outlined the importance of improving food in schools, encouraging physical activity and making it easier and more affordable for parents and children to eat well.

But Obama did serve up details on several specific initiatives. And, reading between the lines, she seemed to make clear what the White House's legislative priorities are for the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act that Congress will take up this year.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  February 9, 2010; 4:34 PM ET
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Comments

I wonder if the timing of this announcement has to do with the weather over there (no school, no play) as well as, the movie Precious. Where as Hollywood glorifies, Washington demonizes--a tried and true political strategy.

How fascinating of how the politic clockwork positions an announcement to move the herd.

Posted by: recharged95 | February 10, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

With more and more children qualifying for free breakfast and lunch at school, it is vital that those programs promote healthy eating habits.
I was an aide in a Head Start classroom several years ago. Standard fare for breakfast was Pop-tarts or breakfast pizza, a tasty, but calorie laden concoction consisting of pizza crust, sausage, scrambled egg and cheese over a white sauce. Snack was always graham crackers or vanilla wafers and juice. Lunch was typically burgers, pizza, burritos or spaghetti with bread.
When I asked if a fruit or vegetable could be served for snack instead of cookies, I was told that those foods posed a choking hazard and were too "dangerous" to serve. I think the more honest answer would have been that fresh fruit would be too expensive.

And obesity is cheap?

Posted by: flameworker321 | February 9, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

With more and more children qualifying for free breakfast and lunch at school, it is vital that those programs promote healthy eating habits.
I was an aide in a head start classroom several years ago. Standard fare for breakfast was Pop-tarts or breakfast pizza, a tasty, calorie laden concoction consisting of pizza crust, sausage, scrambled egg and cheese over a white sauce. Snack was always graham crackers or vanilla wafers and juice. Lunch was typically burgers, pizza, burritos or spaghetti with bread.
When I asked if a fruit or vegetable could be served for snack instead of cookies, I was told that those foods posed a choking hazard and were too "dangerous" to serve.

Posted by: flameworker321 | February 9, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

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