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Michelle Obama tackles junk food in schools

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major focus of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" anti-obesity drive is encouraging schools to serve healthier school breakfasts and lunches. The aim is to combine voluntary and mandatory programs to rid schools of junk food. An important driver of change is through the federal Child Nutrition Act, up for reauthorization in Congress this year.

According to Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack, "our children are eating too much sugar, salt, and fats and too few fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. This mix may help explain why one-half of the calories consumed by children ages 6-11 in this country are 'empty' calories."

Congress is being asked to bolster funding for school meal reimbursement, food service worker training and upgraded kitchens. Some of the money would be used to serve more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products in schools.

In a series of announcements on Tuesday, school food vendors, food manufacturers and beverage makers said they would voluntarily make their products healthier, rather than wait for mandatory guidelines or risk losing school contracts.

• Sodexho, Chartwells School Dining Services and Aramark, according to the White House, voluntarily agreed to decrease within five years sugar, salt and fat in school meals. Within 10 years, they'll increase whole grains and double the amount of produce served to students.

• As part of a drive to make it easier for consumers to make "healthy choices" while not telling people what to do, the American Beverage Association announced it will, voluntarily, put "clear, uniform front-of-pack" calorie information on cans and bottles. The information is already on the backs of the drink containers.

• Kraft Foods, with global headquarters in Northfield, and Sara Lee Corp., headquartered in Downers Grove, were among the food companies signing a letter to join Mrs. Obama's healthy eating drive.

• Helpful Web sites: letsmove.gov and mypyramid.gov have information about food and diet.

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First they stuff them full of aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, bleached refined flour, soda and heaven knows what else then complain that they are unhealthy. Next they will try to sell diet pills to kids to "cure" the problem

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NO JUNK FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

why not have more ealthier snacks in the vending machines instead of taking them away. if the parents arent complaining than why are you its not like they cant go home and get some junk foods their parents do by snacks for lunch and partys or jusst because!!!!!!!
oh yeah by the way im only a child so take it from my point of veiw

i say they just get rid of all the junk food in the world. ftw

JUNK FOOD IN SKOLS WILL MAKE KIDS OBESED!!!!! IS DAT HOW YHU WANNA BE?!?!?! FAT1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BTW- WE'RE MAKING A PRESENTATION FOR OUR CLASS ABOUT JUNK FOOD IN SKOLS AND WE DON'T WANT FUNK FOOD IN OUR SKOL!!!!!

HUGSZ ND KISSESZ,
JAZ ND VIVI!!

I'm 12 and we have junk food in our school and I hate it. It's disgusting. It has actually made me very sick. GET THE JUNK FOOD OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS!!!

yeah of course we need to fill our schools with dairy products because there isn't anyone who is lactose intolerant

i think we should have junk food in schools because some kids cant eat the food they feed us here in school & also some kids dont eat at school because of the food they give us...maybe kids can learn better if they have some type of food in their system.

maybe some type of juice,chips,pretzels,
or other things like that...
Love Rocio Cisneros=)

You know what. This whole discussion is absolutely ludicrous, I'm a 16 year old Sophomore, I know certain types of junk food are bad for me and I don't eat it 24/7. But it's not the kids fault that junk food is even present in society, the fact that parents give their children as much junk food at home as they want and then turn around and become hypocritical and claim that "junk food" in schools is bad. And also who is to decide what is good for us or not! The system? No because if the system/government controlled junk food there would be more. Do you know why? Because of tax, the junk food business thrives due to government support because of tax. Do you get taxed for buying fruits and vegetables? No. Do you get taxed for buying twinkies, ho-hos, skittles, and pop? HELL YES! If you really don't want junk food then do what you can to effect yourself, your kids, and your immediate friends and family. And if you are for the junk food... One word. Moderation. Eat junk food in moderation sure home cooked meals are great but every once in a while you can treat your kid to McDonalds or something. Do what you want and need otherwise stay quiet because if you aren't going to do anything about it then your opinion is not as relevant as those who have something to show for their work. Thats my opinion.

i think we should put candy machines in school to pay as a donation to the homeless or the kids starving to death

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