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Michelle Kwan caught in food fight over Obama’s Fitness Council
The Washington Times ^ | February 18, 2014 | David Sherfinski

Posted on 02/19/2014 9:07:52 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Are you now, or have you ever been, a shill for Coca-Cola?

A conservative think tank denounced Tuesday a nutritional advocacy group for its attacks on Olympic figure skater legend Michelle Kwan for being a pusher of soft drinks while sitting on President Obama’s fitness council, while the group doubled down on its position.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) had said Miss Kwan’s dual roles as a Coca-Cola “ambassador” to the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and her membership on the Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition were “unacceptable.”

It “cannot be reconciled, since Coca-Cola and the President's Council communicate opposing messages when it comes to sugar drinks,” CSPI said while going on to note that of the nine athletes on the council, “at least five are current or former endorsers of sugar drinks.”

“Council co-chair Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, has appeared in Pepsi commercials, for instance,” the group said. “Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix has endorsed Gatorade, and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers endorses Powerade.”

“Allowing makers of sugar drinks or junk foods to rent Michelle Kwan or other council members is unacceptable,” said CSPI director of health promotion policy Jim O'Hara.

On Tuesday, though, Jeff Stier, senior fellow of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, said CSPI’s “absolutist view” was “absurd” and said it undermines public-health efforts “by suggesting that people who enjoy an occasional sugary beverage cannot be active, athletic and healthy.”

“Michelle Kwan’s Coca-Cola endorsement does not suggest consumers drink too much soda. If anything, it conveys that people who do enjoy soda, can do so in moderation while also avoiding a sedentary lifestyle,” Mr. Stier said.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cocacola; cspi; fitnesscouncil; michellekwan; nannystate; ncppr; olympics

1 posted on 02/19/2014 9:07:53 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 02/19/2014 9:08:25 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Colorado: the Maryland of the Mountain West)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Effa CPSI!


3 posted on 02/19/2014 9:11:18 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Unfortunately, my guess is she vote4d for Obama twice and would still gladly do so a 3rd time or for that matter a 4th time.


4 posted on 02/19/2014 9:12:54 PM PST by freedom462
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I endorse Freedomade.


5 posted on 02/19/2014 9:13:04 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Cat Fight..


6 posted on 02/19/2014 9:13:34 PM PST by usacon (United we stand divided we fall.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I could have sworn that Coca Cola sells drinks without sugar...

I’m sure I heard of that...

Hmmm...let me try to remember...


7 posted on 02/19/2014 9:13:58 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
They get paid boy to do that.
Forest Gump endorsed a ping pong paddle he didn’t use cause momma said.


8 posted on 02/19/2014 9:14:42 PM PST by the_daug
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So the Goobermint is telling Michelle Kwan to quit a legitimate business venture to suit the Government?

What Country is this?


9 posted on 02/19/2014 9:15:47 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: All

U.S. mailing address:

Center for Science in the Public Interest
1220 L St. N.W.
Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005
Main switchboard: (202) 332-9110
Fax: (202) 265-4954
Canadian mailing address:

Centre for Science in the Public Interest
Suite 2701, CTTC Bldg.
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5R1
CANADA
Tel.: (613) 244-7337
Fax: (613) 244-1559
Email:

For journalists and copyright questions: cspinews@cspinet.org

For questions and concerns about your Nutrition Action Healthletter subscription (both U.S. and Canadian editions): circ@cspinet.org

For questions about articles in Nutrition Action Healthletter, or other questions about CSPI’s work: cspi@cspinet.org

For questions about CSPI in Canada: jefferyb@istar.ca


10 posted on 02/19/2014 9:19:19 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


11 posted on 02/19/2014 9:19:28 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Keep pushing, commies. Just keep pushing.


12 posted on 02/19/2014 9:20:53 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’ll bet these guys wouldn’t object to Michael Moore serving on Obama’s Fitness Council.... ;-)


13 posted on 02/19/2014 9:32:35 PM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

When you need 12000 calories a day just to keep from falling below 120 pounds, a couple of cokes a day isn’t going to kill you. Olympic Athletes need calories. Lots of them. Coke has those needed calories.


14 posted on 02/19/2014 9:33:35 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, also known as the Center for Destroying Fun and Enjoyment of Food.

They’ve come out against popcorn, fettucine alfredo, and pretty much every and anything that tastes good.

They can all thrown themselves in an active volcano.


15 posted on 02/19/2014 9:38:47 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)...

There is NOTHING about science or the public interest in ANYTHING done by this group and the charlatans who run it.

16 posted on 02/19/2014 9:41:06 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: hoagy62

Their sole goal is to destroy the food and beverage industry as we know it -— but to line their pockets with gold while they are at it.


17 posted on 02/19/2014 9:44:17 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

Cha Ching!

Next thing you know they will be telling us butter is bad and sell us margarine.


18 posted on 02/19/2014 9:59:40 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: P-Marlowe

I do agree.

Further, IMHO:

There should be no “Olympic Sport” unless the participation in that sport requires the type of exertion that needs 12000 calories a day. No other “athletes” should EVER be allowed to compete in anything called Olympics.

Otherwise it isn’t a sport, it’s just a competition. Like bowling. Like darts. Like Curling. Like golf for that matter (almost like major league baseball if you really want to get into it). Not saying those type sports don’t take major skill—they do. But they don’t require world-class physical fitness.

I think Olympic sports should be GRUELING and ballsy (like downhill skiing, like sprinting, like marathons, like Ironman competitions, like cross-country skiing, etc), which can only be perfected by the finest physical freaks of nature, the gutsiest, the top .001% of all super-athletes worldwide.

Call the other competitions something else, just not Olympic sports.


19 posted on 02/19/2014 9:59:49 PM PST by Husker8877
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That the media continues to accept these CSPI pinheads as valid sources is the bigger crime against humanity here, not whether Coke pays a former Olympic skater.


20 posted on 02/19/2014 10:15:45 PM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Revolting cat!

The problems with the hypocrisy of holier than thou liberal political correctness rise up again and again.

Decades of this bullstalin.

By the late 1990s it’d almost been completely beaten back.

In 1970s version gave way to punk rock as young Americans saw through hippie BS. The MC5 faced a very hostile audience in New York in the late 60s (or early 70s) where they were outed as not REALLY being down with the struggle for women, “white panthers”, etc.


21 posted on 02/19/2014 11:14:37 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: freedom462

http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2014/02/07/michelle-kwan-helps-husbands-political-bid-while-at-sochi-olympics/

Her husband is a Democrat goober from a hack family who is in the running to be governor of Rhode Island


22 posted on 02/19/2014 11:28:53 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

From those wonderful people who are against anything good to eat


23 posted on 02/20/2014 3:22:12 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I don’t think they should be on the committee if they are a CURRENT endorser - conflict of interest.

Past endorsers are fine.


24 posted on 02/20/2014 5:38:45 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Liberals just want to suck ALL the joy out of life.

They really have nothing else to do and they enjoy it.

It's almost like a teenage boy who just discovered a free porn website and that's all he does from that point forward.

There are times I wish we could just go out and dispose of these perverts.

25 posted on 02/21/2014 2:56:09 PM PST by elkfersupper
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