Tuesday, December 14, 2010

President Obama signs the Child Nutrition Bill

 "Childhood Obesity" is a growing problem in the United States.  Obesity, in itself, is an issue within the states.  Fast food and addictions to additives and sweets are partly to blame for the quickly developing youth.  Well, in an effort to combat childhood obesity, our first Lady, Michelle Obama, has pushed proper nutrition to the forefront.

On yesterday, Monday, December 13, 2010, President Obama signed the Child Nutrition Bill into law.  The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is set to replace the junk food found in school vending machines with healthier choices.  The Bill will also increase the number of children who are on the lunch school program ( you remember "free Lunch" at school, for some) and the Bill will reimburse school districts for their lunch meals by six cents (six cents per meal).  This increase will allow more kids to be able to eat lunch and the six cent increase will hopefully allow schools to be able to make better and healthier food choices.

President Obama kisses First Lady Before signing Bill.
 One thing the Parties of Congress can agree on is, "No Child should go to school hungry".  Thanks to this new law 20 million more children will now have access to "After - School Meals".  This is a huge accomplishment, especially for all those "latch-key kids", who will hopefully participate in more after-school programs.  And for those who already stay after-school for extra curricular activities or simply remain to wait on their parents, they will now be provided with the nutrition needed to focus on those activities and homework.

How does this fight Childhood obesity?  If Children are provided full balanced meals throughout the day, they will be less likely to go home and eat junk food and if children are feed during after school programs, parents will be less likely to stop for fast food or order a pizza, now having more time to get home and prepare a meal if needed.


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