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Michelle: ĎLetís Move;í Sebelius: No, Letís Not
CNSNews.com ^ | Bannister | Craig

Posted on 03/13/2012 7:36:05 AM PDT by CNSNews.com

Defending the concept of “food deserts” last week, HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius said a mile may be too far for families to walk to get healthier foods. But, First Lady Michelle Obama says kids should walk 4-5 times that far every day, and adults should walk more than three times that far.

Challenged by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) regarding the administration’s definition of a “food desert” (being a mile away from a grocery store), HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a House hearing last week:

“Well, I think it’s very difficult for a family buying groceries – if they have to walk a mile with bags of groceries, it may be too far to get healthier food.”

“You really think that?” Rep. Kingston asked.

“I do,” Sebelius replied.

But, according to First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, both kids and adults are supposed to walk several times that far – every day.

The “Let’s Move” website says that, if you’re under 18, “You can count your daily activity steps using a pedometer (girls’ goal: 11,000; boys’ goal: 13,000).”

For adults, Michelle’s website says the goal is 8,500 steps.

But, wait, you say – how many steps are in a mile? 2,640, apparently.

So, if you’re a boy, you should walk nearly five miles a day (13,000 divided by 2,640 = 4.92), and if you’re a girl, you should walk more than four miles (11,000 divided by 2,640 = 4.17).

For adults, it comes out to 3.22 miles a day (8,500 divided by 2,640).

Of course, there is the added burden of carrying bags of groceries. But, if you’re on the Obama diet, how much can a bag of steak and arugula possibly weight?

And, here’s a wacky idea: if a mile is too far to carry groceries, why not take the bus – or, the family car, since the average household has 1.9 of them.

In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) says there are more vehicles per household than there are drivers. And, they've got nearly one adult-sized bike per household, too, so they could just put the grocery bags in the little basket on the handlebars.

So, who’s right? What does this mean? Are we supposed to “move” or not?

Maybe, Sebelius should take a walk over the White House so she and the First Lady can come to an agreement.

‘Till then, might as well stay put, I guess.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: democrats; nannystate
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1 posted on 03/13/2012 7:36:11 AM PDT by CNSNews.com
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If they didn't shoplift and rob grocery stores into financial ruin, they wouldn't live in "food deserts."
2 posted on 03/13/2012 7:38:25 AM PDT by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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The real message here is that they fully expect everyone to be afoot before long; after they destroy the economy and the ability of people to drive anywhere.


3 posted on 03/13/2012 7:39:00 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

Bingo!


4 posted on 03/13/2012 7:40:10 AM PDT by mkboyce
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The way gas prices are going, Michelle is going to get her wish .... the whole country will be walking ... to work, to the grocery store, to church, etc.

Personally, I think the WH kitchen should be moved about 5 miles away and Moosechelle can WALK for HER food instead of having it served to her by the WH staff. What a flaming hypocrite.


5 posted on 03/13/2012 7:40:19 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

Just another example of liberalism’s obsession with consequence-free behaviors.

Same old lie...

“you will surely not die”


6 posted on 03/13/2012 7:40:51 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: RJS1950

I guess we’ll all have to take public transportation to the soon-to-be-established Acceptable Food Distribution Centers. Home gardening not allowed.


7 posted on 03/13/2012 7:42:05 AM PDT by Pecos (O.K., joke's over. Time to bring back the Constitution.)
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Too bad she doesn’t lead by example. Imagine following her and looking at that huge posterior?


8 posted on 03/13/2012 7:42:05 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: RJS1950

They want all the peasants afoot,
working “the King’s land” (ie, all land owned by govt),
and bowing down as the “nobles” ride by in their “carriages”


9 posted on 03/13/2012 7:42:28 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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I used to walk three miles to and from school every morning and afternoon. Uphill.......both ways..........


10 posted on 03/13/2012 7:42:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (If the Government can make you buy health insurance, they can make you buy a Volt................)
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To: Pecos

Home gardening leads to individual independence, comrade,
and you wouldn’t want to be “infected” with that,
because the only cure is death or “re-education”.


11 posted on 03/13/2012 7:43:47 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Pecos

They’ll have to pry the trowel from my cold, compost stained fingers.................


12 posted on 03/13/2012 7:44:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (If the Government can make you buy health insurance, they can make you buy a Volt................)
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To: laweeks
That fat-azzed MO hasn't walked three miles since her pencil-necked husband scammed his way into the WH.
13 posted on 03/13/2012 7:45:57 AM PDT by skimbell
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A suggestion for the First Wookie. Next time you feel the need to vacation, quit stealing taxpayer money and walk, don’t fly.

She wants us to walk. This coming from a woman who has a behind the size of a tank. She would be more believable if she lost 100 pounds.


14 posted on 03/13/2012 7:46:49 AM PDT by mardi59 (I AM ANDREW BREITBART)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

Good point which doesn’t get talked about much.

There are enough people in the inner city and ghetto areas to support supermarkets. Even in low income areas, people need to eat, and they have money plus food stamps to spend on food. The issue isn’t that the stores couldn’t sell their products in the ghetto. The issue is that costs of doing business, for security costs, and intangibles such as losses incurred due to inventory disappearing, make it a losing business proposition to locate stores in these areas.

You can tell a lot about the health of a community by seeing what types of businesses are located there. Or if the types of businesses you normally see in other places are absent.


15 posted on 03/13/2012 7:47:10 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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How freaking pathetic. Now ‘they’ need to be entitled to no-effort grocery shopping.

First of all, when we do our family grocery shopping it means we are out the Kroger/Publix/CostCo/Sam’s doors with 10 bags or so, plus 3 or more gallon jugs of milk. We almost never come out with a hand-carryable load. There’s too much stuff.

So even if the house were only 1.5 miles away from Kroger (oh wait, we DO live that close) we would almost never be able to carry it home.

NEXT — the paper and/or plastic bags are generally too weak to withstand the trip unless double/triple bagged.

NEXT - bring a simple hand cart (Oh wait, they’ll just take the grocery carts off property and then dump them in the neighborhood becasue they can’t be bothered to bring them back the next time they shop.)

My nearest Home Depot is 6.8 miles away. I demand assistance!

My nearest license tag office is 11 miles away. I demand assistance!

The nearest hairweave and nail shop is one door down from the Kroger. I demand assistance!

MY LIFE SHOULD HAVE NO EFFORT OR RESPONSIBILITY ON MY PART!!!!!!!!!

YOU owe ME! (any contrary response is r_c_st)


16 posted on 03/13/2012 7:48:06 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Red Badger
"I used to walk three miles to and from school every morning and afternoon. Uphill.......both ways.........."

Funny you should mention that:

When my unit was assigned to Wildflecken during a Brigade 76 deployment rotation, I remember that, when it was raining or snowing, it certainly seemed like I was walking uphill to the shoppette ... and walking uphill again when I walked from the shoppette back to the barracks.

You know the old cartoon images of high, rounded mountains that went to a sharp peak and fell away on both sides? That is exactly how I remember Wildflecken.

17 posted on 03/13/2012 7:48:06 AM PDT by BlueLancer (KOMEN PINK: The color of the water in the basin after Pilate finished washing his hands)
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Hmmm, I often put on my backpack and walk the two-mile roundtrip to the store.


18 posted on 03/13/2012 7:48:30 AM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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I can’t believe that there are Gubmint agencies arguing over regulating how far is reasonable for people to walk to get to a grocery store. Wow. We is doomed.


19 posted on 03/13/2012 7:48:58 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Liberty is in danger. We are the generation. This is our role. Now is the time. Defend Freedom!)
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Seems like some enterprising person could start delivering staple food items in poor neighborhoods. From the store to your door, same day service, pre-pay only. Or just go down the street like a popsicle truck, except with laundry soap and diapers and such.


20 posted on 03/13/2012 7:51:04 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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