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.



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


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


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.


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.


Cut her some slack.

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


"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."


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?


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



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"



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


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.


Neither can she pooh!


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!


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.


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?


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.


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.


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?


"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.


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.


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.


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?


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


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.


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?



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.



You musta forgotten. Allow me to remind you piddles:

“Opinion pieces are not facts.”

- The Big Dog’s back, 3/14/14


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!



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

Even scarier!

"The Socialist Brain of a Liberal Democrat":



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


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


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.