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Michelle Obama Talks about Lunches in School
- Updated: May 28, 2014
The First Lady had taken a serious stance on Tuesday, by pushing back on a measure that had been pending in the House controlled by the Republicans. The measure made for some schools trying to opt out of the federal dietary standards for school lunches.
There were dietary standards set, on the limits of sodium, fat and calories required in the lunches served in schools, by Congress. In fact schools were told to cut back on some of their unhealthy and fatty foods in order to make room for healthier options like veggies and fruits.
This was met with distaste from some of the food companies who thought this was unrealistic, rigid and ineffective simply because it could turn out to be more expensive. Robert B. Aderholt, Republican of Alabama, has made arrangements so that financially ailing schools are not affected.
Michelle Obama was quick to react too and met some school official from states of New York, California, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia and Tennessee. These standards in these schools, which were introduced in the last two years, seemed to be a testimony to its success.
“The last thing that we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids’ health, especially when we’re finally starting to see some progress on this issue,” Mrs. Obama told the group, adding, “It’s unacceptable to me not just as first lady, but as a mother.”
The director working exclusively with Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign, has admitted to their being some “legitimate challenges”. “Let’s remember that before this, there were no standards,” he said. “Schools could serve candy bars and sugary drinks in vending machines and in lunch lines.” The School Nutrition Association says that the department was being a little too rigid in their requirements and even expressed their disappointment.