Regardless of your political views, there’s no denying Michelle Obama got things done during her time as America’s First Lady.
In 2010, Obama introduced Let’s Move!, a comprehensive initiative focusing on childhood obesity.
Through Let’s Move!, Obama changed school lunches for the better, offering student healthy options, including more whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
“In the end, as First Lady, this isn’t just a policy issue for me. This is a passion. This is my mission. I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition,” Michelle Obama said.
While many people supported this forward-thinking initiative, the Trump administration recently announced changes that will ultimately undo the positive strides Obama made.
The changes, which were led by the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Purdue, allow unhealthy options to be reinstated in schools, including white bread, chocolate milk and foods containing higher sodium content.
Last Friday, Obama spoke out about these changes at Partnership for a Healthier America.
“Take me out of the equation; like me, don’t like me, but think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap. Because here’s the secret: If somebody is doing that, they don’t care about your kid and we need to demand everyone to care deeply about our kids.”
However, when Purdue spoke about the nutrition changes on May 1, he claimed the changes came from feedback they’d received from the students, schools and food service experts.
“If kids aren’t eating the food and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition. Thus, undermining the intent of the program,” Purdue said.
However, Obama plans to keep fighting and something tells me this hot-button topic won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.