Just when we were ready to completely give up hope that higher purpose could transcend partisan politics, today President Obama signed into law the bipartisan-supported Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and California Representatives George Miller and Lynn Woolsey, the law passed with unanimous consent in the Senate before being signed into law by the President today. The law allocates $4.5 billion to child nutrition programs over the next 10 years to support programs such as school lunch, upon which 32 million children in America depend on as an important source of nutrition. For some, school lunches and school breakfasts are the most reliable source of nutrition they have. In addition to expanding access to and improving the quality of school lunches, the law also limits junk food in schools (though it is not a “cookie ban”).
As obesity and childhood obesity epidemics sweep the country, causing diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems that are taxing the health care system, nutrition will play a key role in the health landscape of the future.
Read more about the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act here.
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