President signs nutrition bill



    Michelle Obama can rest easy now that more kids across the country will have access to healthier food at school.



     

     

     

     

     

     

    Michelle Obama can rest easy now that more kids across the country will have access to healthier food at school.


     
    President Barack Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 into law yesterday at the Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, D.C.  This now means that schools are required to serve more nutritious lunches and dinners.
     
    Under the bill, schools will also have to use healthier ingredients in lunchroom favorites like pizza and burgers.
     
    “We need to make sure our kids have energy and capacity to go toe-to-toe with their peers,” the president said. "At a very basic level, this act is about doing what’s right for our children."


     
    The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will allow 20 million additional meals to be served after-school across the country every year.  The law also adds six cents per plate to the amount of federal reimbursement for those meals, which is good for many schools that have trouble providing anything more than after-school snacks.

     
    "We can all agree that in the wealthiest nation on earth all children should have the basic nutrition they need to learn and grow and to pursue their dreams," the first lady said. "Because in the end, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children. Nothing."


     
    The bill was a major piece of legislation for Michelle’s Let’s Move! campaign to combat childhood obesity. The president kept the event light-hearted by pointing out that his signing the bill also manages to keep things running smoothly at home.


     
    “Had I not been able to get this bill passed, I would be sleeping on the couch,” the president joked.
     
    According to the Associated Press, the $4.5 billion expansion to the school lunch program eventually gained bipartisan support after Republicans in the House of Representatives stalled a vote on the then-bill.


     

     

    — Sonya Eskridge


     

     

     

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