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President Obama won’t have to sleep on the couch tonight. He made Mrs. Obama happy by signing the Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act Monday. The first lady has been campaigning for healthy children since she came to the White House. And as MSNBC points out, the nutrition bill touches on many issues.
MIKE ALLEN: “Childhood obesity which has been her big issue, one of her big issues, is not only a health issue, not only an economic issue, but also a national security issue. She has a number of retired generals who have come out, people in the Army now, who say that the biggest health issue, the biggest medical issue, that keeps people from joining the Army is that they’re fatties!”
The bill gives government oversight into what foods are being served, creates a grant to promote local food, and gives more money for buying the food. CNN says it’s been 30 years since school food programs have been addressed.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture which runs the school lunch program will have to adopt new nutrition standards for all schools that participate, which is virtually every public school in the country... And they’re going to provide more money for schools, greater federal reimbursement, which should allow the schools to buy better food and put better food on the table for the kids.”
Overall the bill represents $4.5 billion in funding for various school lunch programs. The LA Times points out the president admits the money to pay for this bill came from cuts in the food-stamp program -- basically taking money from hungry kids to feed hungry kids.
“[Obama] said the money for funding the increase came from cuts in the food-stamp program but that he was committed to working with Congress to find a way to restore those funds.”
In a time where politics are so divided, this bill garnered support from both parties in Congress -- something Mr. Obama says is a reminder of what’s most important.
PRES. BARACK OBAMA: “It says something about our politics. It reminds us that, no matter what people may hear about how divided things are in Washington, we can still come together and agree on issues that matter for our children’s future and for our future as a nation.” (CSPAN)
CBS’s The Early Show says although many recognize the obesity epidemic, there’s also a problem of malnutrition in the U.S..
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: “One out of three children are overweight or obese in this country, but most people are not aware that one out of six children who are in school are not getting the proper nutrition. A lot of them come from what’s called insecure homes in terms of their financial status and their nutritional status.”
The new legislation is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's plan to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation.
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