Michelle Obama to Congress: Hands Off of School Lunches

First lady hits House attempts to weaken school lunch standards

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 29, 2014 12:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – She's not naming any names, but Michelle Obama is taking to the pages of the New York Times today to call out "some members of the House of Representatives" who took the "Let's Move" in her anti-childhood obesity program to mean "Let's Move ... Squarely in the Way" of tougher nutritional standards that the White House is seeking. Obama says she's seeing "glimmers of progress" in the program's "what works" approach, but she's unhappy with efforts to "undo so much of what we’ve accomplished on behalf of our children."

The House is today considering an Ag Department spending bill, and Obama says it will consider making "it optional, not mandatory, for schools to serve fruits and vegetables" in school lunches, along with allowing "more sodium and fewer whole grains." Remember that whole pizza-sauce-is-a-vegetable thing? "You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn’t make much sense," she writes, yet "we're seeing the same thing happening again." "As parents, we always put our children’s interests first. Our leaders in Washington should do the same." Click for her full column. (Here's the latest depressing report on global obesity.)

First lady Michelle Obama listens to a question during a roundtable at Monroe School in Topeka, Kan., Friday, May 16, 2014.
First lady Michelle Obama listens to a question during a roundtable at Monroe School in Topeka, Kan., Friday, May 16, 2014.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Michelle Obama high-fives children after exercising and dancing during a visit to La Petite Academy in Bowie, Md., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
Michelle Obama high-fives children after exercising and dancing during a visit to La Petite Academy in Bowie, Md., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
In a Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, Michelle Obama participates in a zumba session during her visit to a Miami parks and recreation center to promote her “Let's Move” campaign.
In a Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, Michelle Obama participates in a zumba session during her visit to a Miami parks and recreation center to promote her “Let's Move” campaign.   (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach, File)
Michelle Obama speaks in the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, about helping parents make healthier choices as part of her Let's Move program.
Michelle Obama speaks in the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, about helping parents make healthier choices as part of her Let's Move program.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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