First Lady Michelle Obama has started a new campaign to end childhood obesity. Let’s Move! focuses on four primary principles one of them being serving healthier food in school cafeterias. She has chosen to start this campaign with the hope that the next generation of children will reach adult life at a healthy weight.
This campaign was launched during President Obama’s plan to improve the quality of the food served in schools. He has proposed a $10 billion investment to upgrade kitchen equipment in schools and train the food service workers among other things. President Obama also hopes to provide the funding for more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lowfat dairy products to be served in schools.
The 5 states to receive this grant are Massachusetts, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas. The grants equal $1.9 million which is being used to increase enrollment in school meal programs. This will be done through a direct certification and verification process. This process will allow state and local agencies to automatically certify children who are currently enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF) for free school meals without having to fill out a household application.
These two programs combined offer great promise for our future generations. Healthier eating habits at home lead to healthier eating habits at schools and vice versa. LET’S MOVE! to raise a healthier generation of kids.