Former First Lady Michelle Obama blasted the Trump administration’s decision to scale back school meal nutritional requirements.
“You have to stop and think, ‘Why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you, and why is that a partisan issue? Why would that be political?“
Obama said that at the annual summit of the Partnership for a Healthier America, a nonprofit that works with the private and public sectors to fight childhood obesity.
CNN reports that,
Obama’s comments come a little over a week after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a proclamation that relaxes standards for the upcoming school year in three key areas: whole grains, salt and milk.
Under the new proclamation, states will be able to grant exemptions to schools experiencing hardship in meeting the 100% whole-grain-rich standard. Schools will no longer need to hit the strictest target for lowering sodium in foods offered to students. And meal programs will be able to serve students 1% flavored milk instead of fat-free flavored milk.
The policy change loosens school meal standards Obama advocated as first lady through Let’s Move!, her signature public health campaign aimed at combating childhood obesity.
Obama went on,
“Moms, think about this. I don’t care what state you live in. Take me out of the equation; like me, don’t like me, but think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap.
My commitment to these issues is real. I picked this issue because there was deep passion for it as a mother. … I’m going to continue working on this.”
She also tweeted about the event,
“Glad to be back at the #PHASummit. No one should play politics with our kids’ health. We owe them. Let’s make our voices heard.“