First Lady: Schools Shouldn’t Undermine Parents’ Efforts to Get Kids to Eat Right

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 14, 2010

For those interested, the White House has now released the complete transcript of First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks yesterday at the presidential signing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which took place at a public school in Washington, D.C.

Here’s one portion of her speech that certainly resonated with me:

And everywhere I go, fortunately, I meet parents who are working very hard to make sure that their kids are healthy.  They’re doing things like cutting down on desserts and trying to increase fruits and vegetables.  They’re trying to teach their kids the kind of healthy habits that will stay with them for a lifetime. . . . But . . . I think that parents have a right to expect that their efforts at home won’t be undone each day in the school cafeteria or in the vending machine in the hallway.

Amen, Michelle!

What remains to be seen is how rigorous the standards regulating junk food at schools will really be.  For example, here in Houston ISD, the district prides itself on the fact that it’s already regulating a la carte foods and foods sold in vending machines by, for example, limiting their fat and calorie content.  And guess what?  Kids can still make a meal out of these “healthier”  items (and many more like them) every single day:

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NotCinderell December 14, 2010 at 11:13 am

Heck to the yeah! Mrs. O, you rock!

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mara December 14, 2010 at 11:33 am

I wish more people felt the way the first lady did. I fell on deaf ears last night when I asked our dance teacher not to feed our kids all junk and fried foods when they go out of town for competitions. Could not believe she said she didn’t want to feed the kids sandwiches (or salads heaven forbid) because she doesn’t like to eat them. So instead, kids will get muffins for breakfast and pizza and fried chicken for dinner. Urg!!

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bettina elias siegel December 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm

From the DANCE teacher no less! Grrr

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