Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Michelle Obama Writes OpEd: "A Food Bill We Need"

File Photo: MARCH 31: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) plants seedlings with schoolchildren from Bancroft and Hollin Meadows Elementary Schools and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (2nd L) during the annual Spring Garden Planting event held in the White House Kitchen Garden March 31, 2010 in Washington, DC. Mrs. Obama sponsors the event to teach children the importance of eating healthy foods and to encourage children to spend time outdoors. Getty Images

First Lady Michelle Obama penned an OpEd yesterday in the Washington Post on a subject that is near and dear to her heart, child nutrition. Excerpt is courtesy Food Safety News:

With the expiration date on the child nutrition program quickly approaching, First Lady Michelle Obama is again calling on Congress get moving on the pending reauthorization bill. Mrs. Obama penned an op-ed in the Washington Post yesterday, A Food Bill We Need, asking Congress to act "as soon as possible" on the legislation.

"Right now, our country has a major opportunity to make our schools and our children healthier. It's an opportunity we haven't seen in years, and one that is too important to let pass by," Mrs. Obama writes, citing alarming child obesity statistics and bipartisan support for the measure. "This groundbreaking legislation will bring fundamental change to schools and improve the food options available to our children."

Click link below for full report from Food Safety News: