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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"No Junk Food At School" Says First Lady Michelle Obama

More and more parents today are setting good examples at home and sending the right messages to their children about healthy eating habits. But what happens when children are away from home? What are they eating at school? Healthy food, vows First Lady Michelle Obama.

To that end, the First Lady and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are working together to keep school wellness policies at a high standard. The wellness policy includes not only healthy food choices but also nutrition education and physical activity. In addition, the program includes breakfast and lunch programs for schools that serve low income communities.

No More Junk Food

One of the goals is to keep junk food and junk food marketing out of the schools. As First Lady Michelle Obama explained, “Because when parents are working hard to teach their kids healthy habits at home, their work shouldn’t be undone by unhealthy messages at school."

Why free breakfasts are being included

In addition, on July 1, 2014, up to 9 million low-income and other school children in the U.S. will be eligible to receive healthy breakfasts and lunches for free. The program was previously tested in 11 states with success. The USDA now wants to offer it to students across the country. Breakfast is being included in the program because many children do not eat a nutritious breakfast every morning, especially children from low-income families. According to the Food Research and Action Center in Washington, D.C., students who eat school breakfasts have higher math and reading scores and perform better on standardized tests. Other research also shows they tend to have fewer disciplinary problems.

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