Michelle Obama's 1.5 Trillion Calorie Cut

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2010-05-18 10:09

Michelle Obama's childhood anti-obesity campaign stood out strong yesterday when a coalition of major food manufacturers, including Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, Kraft Foods and PepsiCo agreed to introduce healthier food alternatives, and cut down calories in existing products. In fact, they have agreed to cut out 1.5 trillion calories by the year 2015.

"Today's announcement represents an important step forward to providing Americans with healthier choices so that they can choose to lead healthier lives," Obama said. "This is precisely the kind of private sector commitment we need."

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David Mackay, who is chairman of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation as well as CEO of Kellogg, said the plan is designed to "provide consumers with additional healthier food options that help them achieve and maintain a healthy diet."

The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now considered overweight or obese. Many kids are spending less time exercising and more time in front of the TV, computer, or video-game console. Today's busy families have fewer free moments to prepare nutritious, home-cooked meals.

Preventing kids from becoming overweight means adapting the way your family eats and exercises, and how you spend time together. Helping kids lead healthy lifestyles begins with parents who lead by example. Leading the way for healthier children in America and the fight against childhood obesity, Michelle initiated the "Let's Move!" campaign a couple of months ago with an endeavor to end childhood obesity.

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This is awesome news, Mrs. Obama is awesome and bringing about some long needed changes in our world. You rock!!!!!
I don't think it's wise banning pop in schools because now that kids cant buy 20 ounce bottles of pop they just bring in 2 liters from home.
I don't know how wise is your agreement regarding banning sugar in school. I think it is a very wise decision to ban sugar at schools and parents need to pay attention what their children take to school and how healthy their food is.

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