Entries in Childhood Obesity (3)


Michelle Obama’s ‘Top 10 Fun Facts About Gardening’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- First lady Michelle Obama took her campaign to get children to live healthier lives to late-night television on Tuesday, counting down the “Top 10  Fun Facts About Gardening” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Here is the full list:

No. 10: "Gardening was invented in 1822 by Albert Gardener."

No. 9: "Plant avocadoes, tomatoes, onions and cilantro together and grow a guacamole tree."

No. 8: "Eggplants were originally cultivated for use as doorstops."

No. 7: "In his lifetime, the average American will eat half a radish."

No. 6: "The largest zucchini ever grown contained a Starbucks."

No. 5: "Later this year the Supreme Court will finally rule on 'tomato' vs. 'tomahto.'"

No. 4: "If you have an actual green thumb, it might be scurvy."

No. 3: "Lettuce is 96 percent water and 4 percent lettuce."

No. 2: "The White House tool shed contains shovels, trowels and Weed Whacker One."

No. 1: “With enough care and effort you can grow your own Barack-oli.”

The appearance comes as the first lady promotes her new book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.

Michelle Obama has been making the rounds of talk shows in recent weeks to discuss her book, the White House kitchen garden and the fight against childhood obesity.  She’s made appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America, The View and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

The show, which aired in full Tuesday night, marked the first lady’s second appearance on the Late Show.  She last appeared on the program in March.

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Obama Signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With the first lady by his side, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law Monday, noting that if he hadn’t been able to get this bill passed he would be “sleeping on the couch.”

“At a very basic level, this act is about doing what's right for our children,” President Obama said from the Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, D.C., “because when our kids walk into the lunch room, we want to be sure that they're getting balanced, nutritious meals that they need to succeed in the classroom.”

The bill provides $4.5 billion to schools over the next decade and sets standards for food served in school cafeterias, vending machines and stores. The legislation, the president touted, will help 115,000 children get school meal programs and reimburses schools an additional six cents per lunch to help them provide healthier options.

The president noted the bill is fully paid for and will not add to the deficit.

Michelle Obama, herself an advocate of combating childhood obesity, spoke after her husband, painting the school lunch meals as “vital” for combating hunger, and improving the health of the nation’s children.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


The Day the Bake Sales Died? Vilsack Responds to GOP Concerns

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Dept. of Agriculture(WASHINGTON) -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Monday will be “historic” and “a great day for kids” when President Obama signs into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
The new law provides $4.5 billion to schools over the next decade and sets standards for food served in school cafeterias, vending machines and stores. But Sarah Palin and other Republicans warn the law will steal freedom, and cookies, from American children. That’s because the law technically could allow limits on bake sales and candy fundraisers during school hours. But Vilsack has written a letter to Congress promising he will not exercise that authority.

“It would be interesting for folks to read the bill,” he said in response to the GOP's criticism. “The bill doesn’t ban cookies. It doesn’t ban bake sales,” Vilsack said. “What it does do is it provides the USDA with the capacity to establish nutritional standards for vending machines, a la carte lines, and for the regular lines for meals and activities that take place during the school day.”
Vilsack also said creative bakers can make snacks that are both tasty and nutritious, like brownies made from black beans that he tried at a school in Colorado.

The need for new standards, Vilsack said, is evidenced by the fact that more than one half of all U.S. schoolchildren are either hungry, obese or at risk of obesity.

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