Saturday, April 10, 2010

Michelle Obama Holds Childhood Obesity Task Force Meeting

Yesterday Michelle Obama hosted a meeting at the White House with senior administration officials and members of the Childhood Obesity Task Force to discuss childhood obesity and to gather input from a wide range of sources. Attendees included Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan.

The first lady outlined the key steps that she believes are critical to fighting childhood obesity:
- Helping parents by getting companies to offer healthier options and provide customer-friendly labels so Americans have more information about what they are eating
- Providing healthier meals and snacks to the 31 million children getting lunch through the federal lunch program
- Providing families greater, more convenient access to healthy and affordable food in their communities and eliminating “food deserts”
- Get kids more physically active in and outside school.

Courtesy: Karen Travers - The Political Punch (ABCNews Blog) Click link for full post.

Photo: Courtesy: Huffington Post