Michelle Obama: Cooking at home has its advantages

Next up for "Let's Move?" How about "Let's Cook."
Associated Press
Mar 16, 2014

 

Michelle Obama said Friday that a new focus of her anti-childhood obesity effort will be to help people cook more of their meals at home because they're healthier.

Addressing a health summit in Washington, the first lady said home-cooked meals have less fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories than meals prepared in restaurants — and save money, too.

She said too many people think they don't have the time or the skills to cook for themselves, but that plenty of meals can be pulled together in less than 30 minutes for cheaper than takeout.

Mrs. Obama began focusing on the nation's childhood obesity problem as soon as she got to the White House in 2009. She pledged Friday to stick with the issue long after she's gone.

"We cannot walk away from this issue until obesity rates drop for children of every age and every background," she said. "We cannot walk away until every child in this country has a shot at a healthy life. And that's why I'm in this thing for the long haul, and I mean long after I leave the White House, because I believe in finishing what I start."

Mrs. Obama praised recent federal statistics showing a sharp decline in obesity rates among children ages 2 to 5 as a small, though important, achievement, but still not enough evidence to declare the problem solved. She urged everyone to keep working on solutions, especially among older kids.

"Now is not the time to take our foot off the gas and congratulate ourselves on a job well done," Mrs. Obama said. "Just the opposite. Now is the time to fight even harder, because we now know it is possible to make a difference on this issue. We know that our strategies are beginning to work."

Her strategy largely has been to cajole food and beverage makers, retailers, restaurants and others to make healthier products. Federal legislation and regulations are leading to changes in school breakfast and lunch programs, and are expected to bring an updated "Nutrition Facts" label to thousands of packaged products before the end of the decade.

The promised focus on helping families adopt healthier habits by doing more cooking at home fits that approach.

In her remarks, the first lady talked about working with supermarkets to distribute recipes and offer cooking demonstrations, with schools to develop the "home economics class of the future" to give students basic cooking skills and with chefs to get them to offer affordable cooking classes in their restaurants.

She promised announcements of new initiatives in the coming months.

Mrs. Obama said research shows that eating meals cooked at home is one of the best ways families can improve their health.

Growing up, she said her mother kept a strict food budget, planned her meals weekly and shopped for groceries every Saturday.

"The question is 'How do we help families start cooking again, even if it's just one or two meals a week?'" she told the audience of public health professionals, nutritionists, corporate leaders and others in the closing address at the conference organized by the Partnership for a Healthier America.

Mrs. Obama is honorary chairwoman of the nonprofit organization, which was created in conjunction with "Let's Move," her initiative against childhood obesity. The partnership works to support the goals of "Let's Move" and with businesses to bring then on board and hold them accountable for the commitments they make to improve the health of Americans.

It so far has more than 70 commitments from companies of all sizes, said Larry Soler, its CEO.

Among them was yogurt maker Dannon, which announced Friday that it will begin reducing the amount of sugar and fat in all its brands.

Comments

starryeyes83

She doesn't cook at home. She has a large staff to do it for her. Not to mention, she or her husband does not PAY for their groceries. WE DO!

jacksonbrowne

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deertracker

This is nothing new! Why do you have a problem with? She may not do the cooking but she probably makes a lot of menu decisions. It makes sense. Cooking at home saves money and you have complete control of how it is prepared and how clean a kitchen it is prepared in.

abigbear

the popus first time she is proud to be an american can give orders on what to dooooo never her popus a@* doing anything but a photo opt at her wim POSIWH

abigbear

first time she is proud to be an american so she can give us orders on what to do

starryeyes83

No problem. I was simply stating fact. Which YOU seem to have a problem with.

And yeah, I do cook at home in a nice clean kitchen ( thanks to my steam cleaner).

But , really, to have a rich person say that...

santown419

She grow alot of their food in her garden.

tk

The Presidents family buy their own food for private family meals. I would assume anyone in her position would have a cook. You seem to be confusing the private residence with the public White House.

44846GWP

Sorry stupideyes, the First Family pays for their own food! They get a bill every month that THEY pay, not the tax payers. LOOK IT UP.

JudgeMeNot

They pay with with the taxpayers money knumbknuts. Who pays the presidents salary?

44846GWP

Dope, they pay for their own food like the rest of us. He gets paid, and he pays for his food. Thats how I do it, I work, get paid and buy food. Maybe you don't work?

starryeyes83

NO, moron, I doubt she's in her living quarters slaving away over a hot stove. YOU look it up.

44846GWP

Hey stupideyes, where did I say she cooks? I said they pay for their own food like the rest of us. LOOK IT UP.

starryeyes83

Hey, Ziptard, no she doesn't. We do , at least , I do - maybe you don't, pay the taxes that pays their grocery bills.

Nah, you're not the tax paying type are ya?

44846GWP

Yes stupid eyes, they pay for their own food. It is not free for them, they get a bill every month. Again, LOOK IT UP!

santown419

You mean the same cooks that were their when bush was there. Other then the head Chef.

LookingDown

Like every other president before! Duh..... go back to grade school! The first family isn't allowed to pay for anything stupid!

SamAdams

Typical of the Obamas. "Do as I say, not as I do!"

santown419

We know by your responses Sam that you didn't follow laura advice and say know to drugs after all you quote a druggie.

SamAdams

It's apparent from your comment that you've suffered a little brain damage yourself! Wonder how THAT happened, eh? Feel free to advise the druggie I've quoted, though, since I have no idea who/what you're talking about.

P.S. The "Just Say No" to drugs campaign was Nancy Reagan's, not Laura Bush's.

Dr. Information

sandtown, that would be "no to drugs". Does someone need to go back to school?

Contango

Re: "home-cooked meals have less fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories than meals prepared in restaurants — and save money, too."

Compared to what?

Perhaps the high and mighty 'privileged' Obamas could set an example and help hard working taxpayers "save money" and cut back on their expensive vacations.

santown419

What expensive vacation Hawaii? Every president takes vacation so what's the difference here?

Contango

Re: "What expensive vacation Hawaii?"

The Obamas own a house in Chicago. How many times have they vacationed there?

JudgeMeNot

0.

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JMOP

President? Maybe Michelle is the man behind the curtain, but her title isn't the POTUS.
Her trips to Hawaii, including her extended vacation without the hubby and girls. There's her annual trips to ski in Colorado, and just in a few days she'll be taking her daughters, along with her mother to a week long trip to China.
I'd say Mrs. Obama is far too busy to cook. Possibly her mother is forced to cook to earn her keep, as well as watching her granddaughters.

santown419

You have a problem with a grandparent spending time with her grandkids now. Lol damn will you stoop to anything? And yet Obama still hasn't reached the amount bush took but he gets a pass. So Mrs Obama can't go skiing but Mrs Bush can go hiking with her friends while in office. So you had no problems with bush vacations with their families so why doesn't the obama's get vacations also. Didn't laura go to Asia for a week? So why can't Mrs Obama go to Asia with her family?

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Haha @Santown

First of all I will stoop at anything? Lol!!! Where is this coming from? Obviously, you will not stop your assumptions.

Did I say I had a problem with a grandparent watching her grandkids? How do you know if, or not, I had a problem with the Bush vacations?

The tick for me is when the current POTUS is in office talking about income equality while they take lavish trips on our dime! Yes, our dime! Seems to me your president will stoop to anything!

goofus

Because Obozo can't get passed Hawaii,unlike Bush who vacationed at his ranch how bout Obozo vacation at his Chicago house.

deertracker

Compared to the garbage you pay for at the grocery store.

Contango

Re: "garbage you pay for at the grocery store."

So you grow your own?

The Big Dog's back

pooh, off topic and ignorant.

Contango

Re: "off topic and ignorant."

Yes you are.

You're antsy, do you need to go outside lil' piddles?

44846GWP

Oh, Winnie, there you go again with dumb comments. What do you mean "Compared to what"? What part of what she said don't you understand? They pay for their vacations, so what do you care? Get a job and you could take a vacation sometime.

Contango

Re: "What do you mean 'Compared to what'?"

"home-cooked meals have less fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories than meals prepared in restaurants — and save money, too."

And the omniscient Vice-Messiah knows this how Zippy?

44846GWP

If you knew how to cook you would understand. Dope.

Contango

Re: "If you,"

Aww...defending Michelle. Good lil' Obamabot. :)

Cowboy

So basically what she wants us to do is eat at home and wipe out all restaurants therefore putting even more people on unemployment and more boarded up buildings!

Cowboy

She wants all neighborhoods to look like Detroit!

santown419

So her saying eat healthy is making neighborhoods look like Detroit how?

holysee

Good person with good advice.
Just gotta get the the hate on though huh?
Cowboy, Contango, SamAdams, starryeyes83 and jacksonbrowne, I thought we all agreed to be civil, at least until we are old enough to get a drivers license.

starryeyes83

I am, until someone, starts blasting me first. My first comment wasn't directed towards anyone on here. Then the name calling began.

starryeyes83

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santown419

You so called republicans are the mist ignorant people. Everyone of you have talked about people need to eat better in the past. Mrs Obama says the same thing so it's a problem. And yes she does get with the cooks and she cooks meals with the help of the cooks. Like u said before why no outrage when bush said say no to drugs but idiots have a problem with something your doctor or any health trainer or anybody with commonsense will tell you.

wasthere

So it should be say yes to drugs? I can see where your babbling thoughts come from now.

santown419

From your ignorant rants just because Mrs Obama wants people to eat well you have a problem so its safe to assume you are over weight and come from a unhealthy family. So its okay for Mrs Bush to say no to drugs isn't this the same thing Mrs Obama isn't the first first lady to have a agenda so what's the problem?

Contango

santown419 writes: "Mrs Bush to say no to drugs,"

FYI: That was Nancy Reagan.

Stop It

+1

holysee

WRONG. It's repuglican, reproblemcan, republicon, repuglicon, repuglican't, but NEVER Republican, it's simply improper and immoral and perhaps illegal.

JudgeMeNot

You so called democrats are the most ignorant people. Blacks have a more overall obesity rate.

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsOb...

santown419

You so called democrats I see you are ignorant. When did I become a demacrat ?

rbenn

You call republicans ignorant but yet you spell most wrong? If your going to attack people make sure you do it without looking like a fool.

Abacus

This article should clear up any confusion about who pays for the First Family's food, although I can't imagine how anyone can reasonably argue against anything the SR article stated. And for the record, the Detroit comment probably wasn't necessary.

http://deadpresidents.tumblr.com...

Cowboy

Maybe if Michelle would broaden her mindset she might just be worth listen to! What she should be doing is traveling the United Stated showcasing the healthy items at restaurants instead of her hatred that she shows to the fast food industry!

Pterocarya frax...

Then you would attack her for traveling the country visiting restaurants.

KURTje

What Katt Williams says about haters. He 's so right.

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2cents

Every comment I figured I would see when I read the article, LOL privileged telling everyone else how to eat. Ramen noodles anyone : )

ladydye_5

I wondered if anyone would mention the night when MOM has a headache, the fridge is almost empty so dad and the kids make hotdogs, mac n cheese, and doritos for dinner! LMAO.

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ladydye, I was cooking alongside of my mom in grade school and have all of her recopies too. I would get out the 1/4 HP Hamilton Beach mixer with juicer attachment and serve mom and dad fresh squeezed OJ from oranges grandma shipped from Florida while I was cooking bacon and warming the waffle iron. I still stand by the fact that excessive litigation and hand holding by our progressive society has generated now a second generation of wimpy Americans.

ladydye_5

Yes, my children know how to cook also. My daughter can marinate chicken or steak. She can make twice baked potatoes. My son makes breakfast. That was not the point...the point being some nights you just are not in the MOOD to make a healthy 4 course meal that meets all the specifications. Sometimes it is just a hot dog, mac n cheese kinda night.

BabyMomma

If they would do more to help with the rising cost of foods, it may actually be cheaper to cook than eat fast food. Right now that simply is not the case. It may be cheaper to cook at home versus Red Lobster, but home cooking is not cheaper than the drive-thru joints! Try buying organic stuff at the store, yikes! That must be why they give a family of 3 $600+ a month for food. Me and my wife WORK and maybe spend $450 a month on a family of 4. I should just quit my job I guess, than I can live "Obama" rich.

JudgeMeNot

Don't do it, 0-bama is not the answer.

JudgeMeNot

It’s entirely possible to be “medically obese” and totally healthy. Fact is, obese people aren’t any more prone to death than fit people. Mrs.0 can take her obese behind and sit on it.

coasterfan

Are you kidding!?!?! Obesity is a ticket for premature death, and a ticket for increased healthcare expenses prior to that premature death. Even if you don't read any of the medical literature on the subject (and it's obvious that you don't), a quick look around will provide all the proof you need. Far fewer morbidly obese people live into their mid 70's as compared to the rest of the population.

JudgeMeNot

It’s entirely possible to be “medically obese” and totally healthy. You may not understand that and I am fine with it. Why make it your business what others are paying for healthcare?

Stop It

If she'd drop that 1976 Cadillac sized a$$, I could see her telling us how to eat. Until then, STFU about it Movie Star Michelle.

Abacus

Really? Really? This is how you teach our children to show respect? I don't care what your political viewpoint is, this is pathetic!

Stop It

It's my opinion. How I raised my kid is NOYB. If we have $h*t for a POTUS I'll call it every time. I voted, I can have my say. His wife is not exempt. I don't have any more respect for her than she has for me.

Edit to add: Michelle is a Prima donna in every sense of the word with all it's connotations.

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JMOP

Nicely said Stop It. That's exactly how I feel too.

O Really

Her whole campaign in a bunch of BS! It's so expensive to eat healthy, gardens only happen seasonly here & when you do buy fresh fruits/veggies they spoil within a day or 2 of having them home!!! BUT I always make sure my kids eat healthier than I do!

Abacus

I very much believe in the First Amendment, but I have to wonder if those who post here ever listen to how they sound. It is one thing to be opposed to the current Administration (whoever it might be in whatever year) and respectfully speak your piece about that but something else to blather on with "in your face" commentary that borders on a street fight and shows little background knowledge other than what is heard in various media or street corner reports. Step back and take a deep breath. Get informed. Please.

starryeyes83

Hell, this is mild compared to what it used to be. I suggest you grow a thick skin or stay off.

Cause the fur is flyin', now.

;] ;]

The Big Dog's back

It's good to see that the right wingnuts are now proponents for a large increase in the minimum wage so people can afford healthy foods.

looking around

LOL Dog....good one!

coasterfan

Classic Republican comments. Even when the Obamas suggest common sense things that everyone should support, conservatives just can't help themselves. I thought they were all about Family Values.... What was Michelle thinking by encouraging Americans to save money and eat dinner at home as a family, when she could be encouraging us to eat overpriced fastfood that causes our arteries to clog? Rolls eyes....

If only conservatives could find a way to channel all that negative energy toward something that would actually help America...

The Big Dog's back

To bad we can't harness all that hate and negativity into energy. We'd be self sufficient on the energy front forever.

Darwin's choice

You two would be enough hot air to power a medium sized city.

obama/fail

JudgeMeNot

LOL, so true. Dog and coaster have more hot air. If they put as much effort into getting and education as they do boot licking, they might be smart democrats.

mikeylikesit

obozo could do something to help america too, like turn off the money printing press, stop arming our muslim enemies, uphold the constitution, you get the idea, well, no, i guess you dont..

starryeyes83

Well, I certainly don't see her nor her husband offering to pay for people's groceries who don't qualify for SNAP.

Does anyone else?

JudgeMeNot

I dont see them helping any African american families that are starving. But coaster or the dumb dog will blather about off-topic nonsense and keep licking them boots.

KURTje

I'd rather hang with Barrack & Michelle than Ron & Nancy anytime.

mikeylikesit

politics aside, i would rather hang with bill clinton, right after we dump his worthless wife in benghazi for the muslims to tear apart.

pntbutterandjelly

I'd like to hang out with people like kURTje.

JudgeMeNot

Bring your rainbow flag if you do.

Contango

coasterfan writes: "the Obamas suggest common sense things that everyone should support,"

Just more brainless, know-it-all sophistry, not unlike what her husband bloviates.

"Obama: Give Up Your TV and Phone to Fund Other People’s Healthcare"

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/201...

pntbutterandjelly

To take something positive like this article and turn it into something so negative like many of you have and are doing shows a lot about those doing it. That is, "You people are complete imbeciles". You also have no class, sensibilities, morals or any other positive human characteristics. You are ONLY all about Spite, Hatred, Vengeance and Shouting. You really have nothing positive to add to the article. You really have nothing constructive or of value to solve problems. Your pitiable minds are filled with negativity and that must make for really miserable lives. I almost feel sorry for you. (I am so thankful I am not like you!)

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JMOP

You seem judgmental. You used a lot of negative adjectives about people. Also, your comment has nothing to do with this article, and offers no constructive or values solving our "miserable lives".

Lol

Contango

Re: "To take something positive like this article,"

Maybe if the progressive-socialists like the Obamas would STFU and let individuals (the ultimate minority) determine and decide how to conduct their lives and concern themselves less with foisting their brand of centralized planning and tyranny of the majority on everyone, there would be less need for those of us who favor individual freedom and personal responsibility as opposed to collectivism to voice our opinion.

Gotta think that those who swallow and fawn over this socialist tripe, and look to politicos for their socio-economic answers, i.e. Obamabots, are the REAL "complete imbeciles".

jacksonbrowne

What would be great, Michelle, is if you limited Snap card users to only buying healthy food!!!

Just this morning in the grocery store I was behind a lady that had a box of donuts, a bag of Cheetos, 4 starbucks coffee drinks and a box of poptarts all bought with her Snap card! But wait, if she heats them at home is that now healthier than if she ate "out" in the store parking lot?

Contango

Re: "ate 'out' in the store parking lot?"

lol

FYI: "Lingerie Store in Louisiana Accepts EBT Cards as Payment"

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/chr...

Know this: We have a 'hidden' economic depression occurring in the U.S.

The soup kitchens and breadlines of the 1930s have been replaced with tens of millions of EBT cards.

We'll just keep 'papering' it over (thank you Federal Reserve) until the SHTF.

JudgeMeNot

The Louisiana EBT website says that some grocery stores allow residents to get cash back from a transaction. Cash back used for tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets, and adult entertainment. But hey thats ok because coaster will keep them boots shined.

Dr. Information

Michelle is due for another million dollar tax paid vacation. She has a rough life being married to a man who loves the white women and openly flirts with them in public, especially at funeral ceremonies.
http://liveofofo.com/53254/photo...

Contango

Cut her some slack.

Mrs. POTUS is just doing her job as a shill for cos. looking for increased taxpayer subsidies.

Related:

"The economists looked at what happened when the senator for a state that a government-dependent company was based in ascended to the chairmanship of a powerful Senate committee. On average, these companies saw a more than 30% increase in revenue from the government."

http://online.wsj.com/news/artic...

Washington is a pig trough and the taxpayer financed slop is overflowing.

Larry Soler, CEO of Michelle's corp: Wonder how much that lil' lefty pr*ck brings down annually?

JudgeMeNot

RE: Washington is a pig trough,
toaster and dog would be living it up at the whitehouse polishing them boots.

anthras
Contango

Related:

When collectivist bureaucrats find that the definitions don't match their expected results: Change the definitions.

Voila! Our central planning ideas worked!

"U.S. Agencies Consider Redefining Manufacturing"

http://online.wsj.com/news/artic...

LadyC

Ugh, I just had to read the comments. Did any of you haters read the entire article? If this was an article about food stamps, every one of you nay sayers would be b**ching about people buying junk food with them, how they should cook their own stuff, blah blah blah. If it was Paula Deen or one of those Duck guys talking about home cooking and better nutrition, you would be all about it. But God forbid the First lady talk about nutrition, how terrible. SMH at people

Contango

Re: "Paula Deen or one of those Duck guys,"

Big difference:

None of those you mentioned are shills for companies trying to secure taxpayer funded subsidies or can force their agendas on cos. and the public.

deertracker

Neither can she pooh!

Contango

But she's married to one who can, 'turd.

So you agree that she's a shill for progressive-socialist corp. interests?

Enjoy that Democrat brand of fascism!

LadyC

She was speaking as the honorary chairperson of Partnership for a Healthier America. It doesn't sound like there is an agenda being forced on anyone. Providing nutrition facts and not loading the food we eat with crap doesn't sound so awful. Of course, in turn, the prices will probably go even higher on all the products whose companies participate, but the idea is good, anyway. And like I said before, I have seen plenty of comments in the direction of more nutritious food when it comes to food stamp discussions. People about have a stroke if they see someone buying candy or prepackaged food with them, so shouldn't this make them happy? oh, wait, I forgot, NOTHING makes them happy.

Contango

Re: "It doesn't sound like there is an agenda being forced on anyone."

And Mr. Obama and his cadre of bureaucrats don't wield power in order to nationally affect school menus, et. al?

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Re: "Partnership for a Healthier America"

How much taxpayer money goes to help fund this not-for-profit org.?

How much are the officers being annually paid?

Just more Washington lobbyists and bureaucrats with their snouts in the pig trough.

LadyC

School menus already have regulations. They have for a long time. As for the rest, google it and see. Taxpayer money goes to worse things than nutrition and nobody blinks an eye.

Contango

Re: "Taxpayer money goes to worse things than nutrition and nobody blinks an eye."

So your argument for the approval of govt. directed lobbyist and bureaucratic waste of taxpayer dollars is moral equivalency?

LadyC

"How much taxpayer money goes to help this not-for-profit org.?"

If a taxpayer donates to a NFP organization, the amount he/she donates can be written off as a charitable contribution.

Contango

Re: "written off,"

IOW: Other taxpayers make up for the loss of tax revenue.

Send 'em a check and don't deduct the amt. off your income tax - that's TRUE charity.

LadyC

Many people don't itemize, so there are quite a few donations to charities and NPOs that go without being written off. I don't itemize, but still give here and there.

Contango

You wrote "written off" I responded, and now you're trying to change the focus.

So you don't mind Washington lobbyists being supported with taxpayer dollars as long as they're connected with progressive causes?

Contango

"Sodexo Joins Partnership for a Healthier America in the Fight against Childhood Obesity"

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/so...

Cozing up to the first lady ought to help get them more govt. contracts don't you think?

Just more porcine at the taxpayer funded slop trough.

The Big Dog's back

I'd rather have that then giving money to Haliburton to kill people.

mikeylikesit

obozo would suggest giving the money to the muslim brotherhood to kill american people..

The Big Dog's back

ARTICLE: Should Blackwater and Halliburton Pay for the People They've Killed? Or Are Government Contractors Entitled to a Common-Law, Combatant-Activities Defense?

https://litigation-essentials.le...

grumpy

Too bad it is an opinion piece/article that you linked to. Especially after you criticized others for using opinion pieces.

Now if you want to spend the $20 plus tax to show the rest of the article you will see that it is a question proposed by the author and her reasons for her opinion.

Contango

Re: "ARTICLE:"

You musta forgotten. Allow me to remind you piddles:

“Opinion pieces are not facts.”

- The Big Dog’s back, 3/14/14

pntbutterandjelly

I would think Michelle would mention eating Republicans. The fat content between their ears may not have much nutrition but...it's low in calories! Yum!!! Save the world...eat a Republican!

Contango

FYI:

Lock the doors, close the windows and hide the women and children!

Even scarier!

"The Socialist Brain of a Liberal Democrat":

http://thepeoplescube.com/curren...

KURTje

Judgemenot you aren't very bright. Bring your mom, sister & daughter. I'll make my point.

pntbutterandjelly

You should be a Republican...only if you can afford to be.

Contango

Re: "only if you can afford to be."

There are no wealthy Dems?

Why are seven of the 10 richest members of Congress Dems?

Redistribution must pay well.

reddog

It totally boggles my mind that the first lady of the US is suggesting that people should eat more home made meals to help fight off obesity and some people just hijack the conversation with silly assumptions and misinformation. I saw a 9 year old kid on the street yesterday walking away from a carry out with a 2 liter of Mt. Dew. This child's parents have the constitutional right to raise their child as they see fit, but can't we all agree that eating out at fast food restaurants, serving french fries at school lunches and downing a 2 liter of Mt. Dew after school might not be the healthiest lifestyle for kids? I applaud the First Lady's attempt to encourage better eating habits like I applauded Laura Bush for advocating for HeadStart for children, Hilary Clinton for her role in promoting immunizations for children and Mammograms for older women, and Nancy Reagan for her commitment to addressing drug issues.