First Lady Michelle Obama hosted school food service directors Tuesday at the White House to discourage Congress from granting waivers from rules under the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. As a mother and First Lady – Obama says she finds the efforts in Congress to roll back the rules objectionable – according to The Hagstrom Report – since school meals cost taxpayers 10-billion dollars per year. She says the nation is facing a crisis as parents don’t want their efforts undermined when they send their kids off to school. Many have made statements that students don’t like the foods required under the new rules – and the First Lady responds to those by saying that her own daughters growl at her when fish is served for dinner – but that doesn’t mean she stops serving it. Obama says her Let’s Move campaign has been making progress and she will fight the hard fight to hold Congress and others accountable for what they are proposing.
Even retired military leaders who are part of the Mission: Readiness organization joined Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack in opposition to congressional efforts against these healthier meal standards. These retired leaders say the new standards are needed to reduce obesity – as obesity or being overweight is the Number One medical reason why young adults can’t enlist in the military – which is a major threat to national security. They say about 75-percent of all young Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are unable to join the military for different reasons – including being physically unfit.