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.
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: