Trump must have run out of ways to go after Barack Obama’s legacy because he just turned his attention to Michelle Obama instead.
Michelle Obama advocated strongly for children’s health, focusing mainly on reducing the rate of childhood obesity. With the help of Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), she passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The act raised standards for nutrition and provided healthier lunches for children, all to stop the childhood obesity epidemic.
Now, the USDA and Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) are changing the rules to give schools more “flexibility,” and loosening the restrictions Michelle Obama established.
99% of schools in the country already comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, and those schools are showing results. Nancy Brown, the CEO of the American Heart Association, rebuked the Republicans changing of Michelle’s Act:
“Improving children’s health should be a top priority for the USDA, and serving more nutritious foods in schools is a clear-cut way to accomplish this goal. Rather than altering the current path forward, we hope the agency focuses more on providing technical assistance that can help schools get across the finish line, if they haven’t done so already.”
Republicans might not understand, or just don’t care, that the school lunch is the only meal many kids will have in a day. Regardless of how “pro-life” they are, they seem to ignore the health of children. It’s not as if children didn’t have enough to deal with—some of them are shamed for not being able to afford lunch—the least they can do is provide healthy ones.