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  • School District Losing Thousands in School Lunch Sales

    03/27/2015 4:36:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    ABC Local News ^ | March 26, 2015
    BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. -- Thousands of students have now stopped buying lunch each week in County cafeterias. The district says it all started when schools were forced to implement the USDA's Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. It was part of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative to get kids to eat healthier. All of a sudden, kids are pitching pounds of food in the garbage. "I like vegetables too, like I like spinach and potatoes - great - but they just don't have any flavor at all," freshman Aislinn French said. Hundreds of kids have now dropped out of...
  • Michelle Obama travel expense update: Your tax dollars at work

    03/25/2015 7:04:13 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    investors.com ^ | March 25, 2015 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    Just a quick update, as you organize to file your income taxes, on the Obama family's lavish travel expenses that your money is underwriting. Financing might be a better word. Barack and Michelle Obama have traveled more than any other first couple -- doing Spain, Africa, China, South America, among other distant spots. Often they're accompanied by friends and Michelle Obama's Mom, Marian Robinson, who's been living in the White House at taxpayer expense since her son-in-law's inauguration. And in some cases, Mrs. Robinson's friends tag along.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to Japan and Cambodia March 18-22

    03/18/2015 7:03:20 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 27 replies
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | March 17, 2015 | Office of the First Lady
    On the heels of the President and First Lady’s launch of the Let Girls Learn international girls education initiative, Mrs. Obama will travel to Japan and Cambodia from March 18-22, 2015. She will visit Tokyo on March 18-20, Kyoto on March 20, and Siem Reap on March 20-22. She will be joined by Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. While in Tokyo, the First Lady will meet with Mrs. Akie Abe, the Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan, and deliver remarks on the importance both countries place on international girls education. The First Lady will also announce plans to deepen...
  • District 303 considers opting high schools from federal lunch program

    02/21/2015 8:51:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 20, 2015 | By Marwa Eltagouri
    St. Charles District 303 is considering opting its high schools out of the National School Lunch Program to give its students more flexible and better-tasting food options. However, the district would have to forfeit about $500,000 in federal support to do so. Students haven't just vocally grumbled about the new options available under the federal program, but have voted against the program with their dollars, too. A la carte purchases have dropped steadily in the last year. District officials project a 41 percent decline in a la carte items sold by the end of the 2014-15 school year compared to...
  • Obamas Spend Valentine’s Day Apart, Again (Mooch sends a tweet)

    02/15/2015 3:57:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    (WASHINGTON) -- For a second consecutive year, President Obama won't be with Michelle on Feb. 14. And for a second consecutive year, he'll be on a trip to Palm Springs -- one of his favorite destinations over the past couple years -- playing golf and bro-ing out with high-school buddies. Obama landed on the West Coast on Thursday to attend the White House's cybersecurity summit at Stanford, and he traveled on to Palm Springs Saturday, where he'll stay at a private residence without the first family, according to the White House, until Monday, when he'll return to D.C. Though the...
  • Barack Obama (& the Mooch) pays floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi

    01/25/2015 5:00:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    IBN Live.in ^ | 1/25/15
    New Delhi: US President Barack Obama, who has often talked about the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on his life, on Sunday paid homage to the 'apostle of peace' at Rajghat soon after his arrival on a three-day visit. Obama placed a wreath at Gandhi's memorial and bowed before the Samadhi with folded hands. He went straight to Rajghat from the ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. During his last visit in 2012 too, he had paid tributes to Gandhi at the memorial. The American President was presented a replica of Gandhi's famous 'charkha' by the officials of the memorial. Obama...
  • President re-enrolls in ObamaCare (yet remains exempt from it)

    12/25/2014 4:50:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/23/14 | Jesse Byrnes
    President Obama re-enrolled in ObamaCare for the coming year in a symbolic gesture to show support for his namesake healthcare law. Obama, a few days into his annual two-week Christmas vacation to Hawaii, renewed his cheaper bronze-level health insurance plan for 2015 through a Washington, D.C., exchange, a White House official said. “As we said last year, the act of the President signing up for insurance coverage through the DC exchange is symbolic since the President’s health care will continue to be provided by the military,” the official said. “But, he was pleased to participate in a plan as a...
  • Why Cafeteria Food Is the Best

    12/23/2014 3:50:06 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 22, 2014 | By JANE E. BRODY
    Many parents undoubtedly think they are doing the best for their children by having them bring lunch from home instead of eating the lunches served in school. But recent studies clearly prove them wrong. Home-packed lunches, the research showed, are likely to be considerably less nourishing than the meals offered in schools that abide by current nutrition guidelines for the National School Lunch Program. That program is, distressingly, increasingly under attack. But the program must not continue to be undermined, and more schools should be encouraged to participate. Nearly 32 million of the more than 50 million children in public...
  • Obamas are keeping the divide alive

    12/21/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-14 | joe soucheray
    Barack and Michelle Obama, speaking to People Magazine, of all disappointments, shared the disheartening news that they have experienced what they called racism. Barack, for example, apparently has had trouble, before he was president, hailing a cab in Chicago, to which an immediate thought might occur to anyone who has been to Chicago: Who hasn't? Also, Barack, at a black-tie event, when he, too, was in festive livery, apparently was asked by another guest if he would get them a cup of coffee. For her recollection, Michelle came up with a visit to a Target store as first lady. She...
  • The Two Things Michelle Obama Wants for Christmas

    12/15/2014 2:44:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 15, 2014 | by Devin Dwyer
    First Lady Michelle Obama wants to sleep late on Christmas and, ideally, in a new pair of comfy pajamas. Mrs. Obama revealed her wish list during a Q&A today with kids at the Children’s National Health System. “I don’t really have a long wish list for Christmas, because I pretty much have everything I need. Moms and dads, we’re not that big on Christmas,” the first lady replied. “I just want everybody to be happy, and I want to sleep in. That’s what I want for Christmas. I want to sleep late. Maybe I’ll get that.”
  • School cafeterias losing money on Michelle Obama's meals, jeopardizing programs

    12/13/2014 12:52:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 12, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    More than half of the nation’s school cafeteria workers expect to lose money selling low-salt, low-fat meals pushed by first lady Michelle Obama, a “serious” problem that threatens the programs, according to a survey of food providers.The School Nutrition Association, which is planning to demand changes to the meal requirements to make the food more attractive to students, found that 50.35 percent of cafeteria officials surveyed expect that serving the food will “exceed revenue” next year.“Of the 92 percent of respondents reporting that rising costs pose a ‘serious’ or ‘moderate’ challenge to their programs, 70 percent indicated ‘serious,’” said the...
  • The $1.1T bill: School lunches, light bulbs, pot

    12/12/2014 4:58:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/12/14 | CONNIE CASS
    **SNIP** SCHOOL LUNCHES: Eases rules requiring more whole grains in school lunches and suspends the lower sodium standards due to take effect in 2017, while keeping other healthy-eating rules. Some school nutrition directors — and some students complaining of yucky lunches — lobbied for a break from the standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama. **SNIP** MARIJUANA: Offers a mixed bag for pot smokers. The bill blocks the Justice Department from raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in states that permit them. But it also blocks federal and local spending to legalize marijuana in Washington, D.C., where voters approved recreational use in...
  • CAPTION the first ever official Mooch stamp

    12/07/2014 3:15:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Dandag ^ | 12/07/14
    The task was to re-launch The Sunday Times STYLE magazine. Rather than just making an ad campaign, we created a piece of editorial for the newspaper inventing 'The 50 Best Dressed People in the World’. From this we developed the ‘Fashion Royalty’ campaign and created an iconic series of portraits combining the images of historical royal figures with esteemed members of the fashion world – Victoria Beckham, UK HipHop act Tinie Tempah and Kate Moss.
  • Constitution Check: Does the government have the authority to write restaurant menus?

    11/28/2014 10:21:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 27, 2014 | Lyle Denniston
    Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, tackles a weighty issue: the FDA’s constitutional ability to mandate calorie counts on restaurant menus nationwide. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized…rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants [and] similar retail food establishments….The menu labeling final rule applies to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items. Covered food establishments will be required to clearly and...
  • School kids are blaming Michelle Obama for their “gross” school lunches

    11/24/2014 2:35:36 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 24, 2014 | By Roberto A. Ferdman
    School kids around the country are tweeting rather unfortunate pictures of the meals they're being served at lunchtime, and thanking first lady and healthy school food advocate Michelle Obama for their bowls of mush and mystery proteins. The tweets, which have carried the not-so-subtle #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag, were being sent out at a rate of 40 per minute late last week, but started to gain momentum some 10 days back and are still continuing to be posted as of this morning. "We've seen the photos being tweeted," said Sam Kass, executive director of Let's Move! and senior policy advisor for Nutrition."But...
  • Kids ‘thank’ Michelle Obama for ‘mystery mush’ school lunches

    11/24/2014 7:47:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 23, 2014
    School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama just in time for the holiday – with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches. Along with photos of unsavory-looking school meals, the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama was among the top trends on Twitter within the United States for a time on Friday. While many schools have put the standards in place successfully, others have said some of the new foods end up in the trash can. The White House didn’t have an immediate response, but an Agriculture Department spokesman said most meals aren’t as bad as the photos depict. USDA...
  • Obama's political legacy fading fast

    11/22/2014 10:33:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 45 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/22/14 | David Lightman
    WASHINGTON — The Obama legacy wasn't supposed to unfold this way. Barack Obama was changing the political map, pushing the Democratic Party into the South and the Mountain West. He was building a new social network that would endure long after an Obama presidency. And he was building a new Democratic coalition for a new age, with greater turnout from young and minority voters. Today, those ambitions are in tatters. Obama's once-vaunted team wound up doing little more than electing him twice. Without Obama on the ticket, Republicans not only soared in 2010 congressional elections, but scored victories broad and...
  • Kids give first lady sarcastic "thanks" on Twitter

    11/21/2014 6:55:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/21/14 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    **SNIP** His photo of a soupy Spanish rice gone wrong and an apple on a school lunch tray was retweeted more than 170 times. Hunter, 17, is a senior at Richland Center High School in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He said in an interview with The Associated Press that his school lunches have gone downhill over his four years in high school. Of the Spanish rice, he said "you couldn't feel the individual grains of rice. It was just a solid mush." Halana Turner, a junior at Fraser High School in Fraser, Michigan, posted a photo of a mushy breakfast sandwich...
  • Students Aren't Eating Healthy School Lunches, Despite Availability

    11/18/2014 11:38:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | November 18, 2014 | By Samantha Olson
    Getting fresh fruits and vegetables onto lunch trays in public schools was only half the battle, because it turns out most kids still aren’t eating them. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, studied students’ eating habits and found nearly six out of 10 won’t even touch a healthy food option on their plate. "We have been thinking that if young children choose healthy food, they will eat it," said the study’s co-author Dr. Susan M. Gross, a research associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in a press release. "But our research shows that...
  • Student photos of skimpy Michelle O lunches raise ire of parents

    11/11/2014 2:58:30 PM PST · by RightGeek · 152 replies
    EAGnews ^ | 11/10/2014 | Kyle Olson
    HASKELL, Okla. – A chicken patty, small scoop of mashed potatoes and carton of milk aren’t enough to sustain a high school boy. But under the school lunch regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, that’s what Haskell High School served recently. Haskell High School senior Darrel Bunch took a photo of one of his recent skimpy school lunches and sent it to Fox 23. “It’s mostly the portions,” Bunch says. “Last year we started getting less food.” “Last year, my boys started calling me, ‘Can you please bring me something to eat?’ ‘We’re still hungry,’ or, ‘This is gross,”...
  • Packed lunches 'have poorer nutritional quality' than school lunches

    11/08/2014 9:02:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | November 7, 2014 | by Honor Whiteman
    Many parents prefer to send their children off to school with a packed lunch, believing that the food they have given them is far healthier than school lunches. But a new study, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, claims this may not be the case. The research team, led by Alisha R. Farris of the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Exercise at Virginia Tech, found that school lunches had better average nutritional quality than packed lunches. "We found that both packed and school lunches almost entirely met nutrition standards, except school lunches were below energy and...
  • Senator Michelle Obama? Is the first lady eyeing a Senate seat?

    10/28/2014 12:12:47 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 58 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10-27-14 | Husna Haq
    Is Michelle Obama gunning for Sen. Dianne Feinstein's California Senate seat in 2018? That's the rumor, according to Orb Magazine, a new gossip site out of the Bronx. In an article published last Thursday, the magazine speculated that the first family has its sights set on California post-White House, and the first lady on a possible Senate seat. "Michelle Obama is being urged to move to California and pursue the Senate seat that will almost certainly be vacated by Dianne Feinstein in 2018 when she will be 85 years old," Orb reports. It later continues, "To lure her to the...
  • Pictures Of Some Oklahoma School Lunches Not Appetizing To Parents

    10/22/2014 3:26:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    News On 6 Local ^ | October 21, 2014 | by HAVONNAH JOHNSON
    TULSA, Oklahoma - Some Oklahoma parents are concerned about how little their kids are getting to eat at school. The portions were small but based on federal guidelines. Those guidelines are based on First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to tackle childhood obesity. “Chicken nuggets, with broccoli, beans and milk,” said student, Promise Fleming. “It was awful.” Student, A'mika Ware said, “It's not fully cooked and it makes my stomach hurt.” Their complaints are being heard loud and clear nationwide. TPS's nutrition director said the meals teach kids how to eat well. "They can tell their parents ‘hey, I need to...
  • What's in that lunch? Students in Huntsville, Madison still leery of healthier school meals

    10/19/2014 6:09:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    AL.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | By Crystal Bonvillian
    Four years into the new, healthier federal guidelines for school lunches, there are mixed feelings about the program. With mandates that they use no salt, butter or margarine, and that they offer the children no fried foods, that task can be difficult. Even the students' milk has limits: 1 percent milk if plain; flavored milk must be fat-free. "We can offer dessert, but you end up where you can't offer it because then you can't meet the calorie limit," Vaughn said. "Basically, school food is now hospital food," Vaughn said. Vaughn said he would like to see flexibility in the...
  • Principal: Students Leaving Lunch Hungry

    10/15/2014 10:01:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    CBS St. Louis ^ | October 14, 2014
    Children are going hungry because their schools are forced to throw out uneaten food rather than let kids have second helpings, warns the principal of Storm Lake Elementary School. “Monday is always the worst,” Principal Juli Kwikkel told the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune. “Often we have kids who haven’t eaten much for the weekend. After lunch, they are still going to be hungry.” Kwikkel fears the problem is not poverty but misplaced priorities of some parents. “I look at the expensive cars that pick up these kids in some cases. We’ve made home visits and seen families with a 62-inch...
  • Bring back the grilled cheese? Students and schools balk over federal lunch standards

    10/14/2014 3:17:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 14, 2014 | By Jennifer Harper
    It is National School Lunch Week, an occasion that could imply a celebration of, say, grilled cheese sandwiches and chocolate milk. That is not the case, however, as the nation’s schools try to address new federal standards that call for healthier fare. “We must address the visible realities of complying with school nutrition requirements,” says National School Boards Association executive director Thomas J. Gentzel, who has released a damning new survey that finds eight out of 10 American schools now reporting increased food waste, and increased costs. Three fourths also report “lesser participation” from the kids themselves.
  • Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules leading to healthy, hunger-free trash cans

    10/14/2014 3:12:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 14, 2014 | by Pete Kasperowicz
    The National School Boards Association reported Monday that 83.7 percent of school districts around the country have seen an increase in wasted school lunch food since a 2010 law was passed mandating new nutrition rules. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was aimed at creating healthier school lunches, but several schools have rebelled against the new rules. Many school districts have reported that while the law requires kids to be served a certain amount of fruits and vegetables, much of that food is being thrown in the trash, resulting in a more costly program that’s not getting results. The NSBA survey...
  • School divisions not jumping at expanded free lunch program

    10/05/2014 5:28:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | October 5, 2014 | By ZACHARY REID
    A new federal program that makes free breakfast and lunch available to all students, no questions asked, has been slow to catch on in Virginia. Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe has made wide acceptance of the program — known as the Community Eligibility Provision from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — a key component in her push to expand access to healthful foods to hungry Virginians. “There are 300,000 food-insecure children in Virginia, a number nobody can be comfortable with,” she said. “As a mom, to think about a hungry baby, school child, teenager, it’s very, very painful. … Food...
  • As Michelle Obama Campaigns, Some Democrats Fear Her Last Name Is a Liability

    10/03/2014 3:08:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 3, 2014 | By JACKIE CALMES
    MILWAUKEE — She can rouse a crowd as she did here this week, connect with women and drive turnout among African-American voters. Yet despite the nail-biting closeness of state contests to decide which party will control the Senate, Michelle Obama has been largely absent from the campaign trail so far. Unlike Hillary Rodham Clinton, who as first lady crisscrossed the country for Democrats in 1998, Mrs. Obama will keep to a fairly limited path. In a measure of how deeply unpopular her husband is in Republican-leaning battleground states, Democratic Senate candidates there worry that Mrs. Obama’s presence would tie them...
  • More students eating breakfast, lunch thanks to free-meals-for-all program

    09/30/2014 8:30:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    Gainesville Sun ^ | September 29, 2014 | By Erin Jester
    On Wednesday, Rose Gordon and her staff served 308 school lunches to all 308 students who came to school at Lake Forest Elementary. Gordon, the food service manager, said she was shocked when she saw the numbers later. Most days, she said, “I maybe miss two or three.” What Gordon saw last week can be attributed, at least in part, to Lake Forest’s membership in a federally funded program that provides free breakfast and lunch to all students at 24 local schools, regardless of ability to pay. In the past, free and reduced-price lunch was dictated by family income. This...
  • First Lady Michelle Obama To Make Her 'Chew' Debut

    09/26/2014 2:57:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 26, 2014 | By LESLEY MESSER
    Get ready to see Michelle Obama on "The Chew"! The first lady joined co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz earlier this week to discuss improving school nutrition and the importance of cooking at home, ABC announced Friday. Obama was also joined by Sam Kass, assistant White House chef and executive director of her Let’s Move! Initiative to fight childhood obesity.
  • California R-I School Board considers lunch menus

    09/24/2014 2:01:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The California Democrat ^ | September 24, 2014 | By David Wilson
    The topics discussed by California R-I School Board at the Wednesday, Sept. 17, meeting included school lunch menus, the recent power surge/failure, sports participation and possible half-time entertainment The lunch menus were high on the list because of some recent social media comments and a few phone calls to school board members. Superintendent Dwight Sanders commented that the school cooks are doing their best to prepare meals which fall within the guidelines. An example given was if a cheese sauce is served with spaghetti, the guidelines will not allow a serving of bread, since that would be a second grain...
  • Ex-admirals, generals to defend Michelle Obama’s school lunch laws

    08/12/2014 3:28:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 12, 2014 | by Cheryl K. Chumley
    First lady Michelle Obama’s lunch room mandates for schools around the nation have now received a bit of a public relations boost from retired admirals and generals who say: They’re not a bad idea. Mission:Readiness — a consortium of about 500 retired and former members of the military who held high-ranking posts — is poised to “storm the Hill” when Congress comes back from break in hopes of persuading lawmakers to keep the first lady’s lunch room standards in operation, Politico reported. “We’re not going to retreat our way out of the problem,” said Lt. Gen. Normal Seip, who served...
  • First Lady Michelle Obama raises money for Democrats in Chicago

    07/25/2014 7:43:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 25, 2014 | By Rick Pearson
    First Lady Michelle Obama returned to her hometown Thursday and decried the effects of gun violence on Chicago’s youth as she told a group of campaign donors to “write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write” to help Democrats make a better future for children. The First Lady noted that all children deserve a bright future of opportunity, but it was not happening in some Chicago neighborhoods. Donors paid from $500 per person to $20,000 per couple, and the First Lady asked them to give more.
  • Research Suggests Students Adjusting to New School Lunches

    07/23/2014 6:48:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | By KJ DELL'ANTONIA
    The updated standards released by the United States Department of Agriculture, which most schools put in effect over the 2012-13 school year, meant larger, faster changes to lunches nearly across the board. With the changes came news media reports of student complaints and food waste. A USA Today article in September 2012 described protests and boycotts from Kansas to Massachusetts. Those objections to the phase-in of the new standards are supported by the findings of two recent studies. Researchers asked school administrators and food-service providers whether students complained “at first” about the new lunches. Many did (56 percent of elementary...
  • School Officials Try Healthier Cafeteria Options

    07/14/2014 3:53:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 14, 2014 | By PHILIP MARCELO
    Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates — without turning off sometimes-finicky students. "I have my work cut out for me," said Sara Gasiorowski, who was among the roughly 6,500 people attending a conference for school nutrition professionals at the convention center. This fall, new requirements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will alter the makeup of school meals, calling for less sodium and more fruits and vegetables. Grain-based foods such as...
  • What Maya Angelou taught Michelle Obama about black beauty

    06/07/2014 5:54:29 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 68 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | June 7, 2014 | Vanessa Williams
    Michelle Obama has largely ignored unflattering critiques of her physical appearance, often tinged with racial overtones, that have been lobbed by people who apparently still have not accepted the fact that African Americans inhabit the White House. At a memorial service Saturday for poet Maya Angelou, who died last week at age 86, Obama offered revealing insights about how she and other black women sometimes define their beauty in the context of the larger society’s standards. The first time I read “Phenomenal Woman,” I was struck by how she celebrated black women’s beauty like no one had ever dared to...
  • Was Michelle Obama elected president, too? First lady corrects misstep

    06/02/2014 4:28:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2014 | By Dave Boyer
    First lady Michelle Obama got a little carried away with her title Monday, correcting herself after suggesting to supporters that she, too, got elected in 2008. At a Democratic fundraiser in Boston, Mrs. Obama asked the audience to remember “when we took office.” Then she said, “Well, when Barack took office and I was there.” She said the president has accomplished a lot of the “change” he promised in 2008.
  • The Campaign for Junk Food [Note author!!]

    05/30/2014 10:09:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | May 28, 2014 | Michelle Obama
    WHEN we began our Let’s Move! initiative four years ago, we set one simple but ambitious goal: to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthy. To achieve this goal, we have adhered to one clear standard: what works. The initiatives we undertake are evidence-based, and we rely on the most current science. Research indicated that kids needed less sugar, salt and fat in their diets, so we revamped school lunch menus accordingly. When data showed that the lack of nearby grocery stores negatively affected people’s eating habits, we worked...
  • House Republicans dine on junk food

    05/29/2014 4:18:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 29, 2014 | By Carolyn Lochhead
    As the House Appropriations Committee voted on party lines Thursday to allow school districts to waive nutrition requirements in school lunches, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office sent out a photo caught by an NPR reporter showing what Republicans were ordering for breakfast. The tweet by NPR reporter Todd Zwillich shows a feast of processed fats, sugars and salts sometimes called food. The new nutrition guidelines championed by first lady Michelle Obama call for reducing those ingredients in federally subsidized lunch programs in favor of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and the like. Obama has been on an all-out...
  • School-Lunch Activism

    05/29/2014 9:09:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 29, 2014 | By Erik Telford
    School cafeterias have been serving up lunches without political fanfare for generations, but Michelle Obama has upset that applecart. The federal government’s new nutritional standards for school lunches — championed by the first lady as part of her crusade against sweets and soda – are creating headaches for schools, which are losing money on more expensive ingredients as children throw their federally mandated “healthy” meals away. Mrs. Obama is now embroiled in a war of words with the House GOP, which is attempting to rescue school districts from this financial boondoggle with waivers. If another federal board has its way,...
  • School lunches: Local 5-year-old cries when she has to eat school lunch

    05/27/2014 6:38:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    FOX 4 Local News ^ | May 27, 2014 | By Katie Ferrell
    On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to fire back against school meal critics who say the program to make school lunches healthier has gone too far. FOX 4′s Katie Ferrell reported Tuesday morning on the reaction from Kansas City-area parents to the more nutritious school lunches. Among the comments: “The food provided as school lunch is not even edible. My 5-year old isn’t picky and she cries if we accidentally forget to pack her lunch,” said Jaye Anne on our facebook page. “Yes it motivates us to send actual healthy food from home so our child doesn’t have...
  • Emails Shed Light On How The CDC Looked To Give A ‘Shout Out’ To Michelle Obama

    05/23/2014 10:58:54 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies
    Emails Shed Light On How The CDC Looked To Give A ‘Shout Out’ To Michelle Obama 10:02 PM 05/22/2014 Emails exchanged by Centers for Disease Control press officials show an effort to link a study that found a decrease in childhood obesity to first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, though little evidence connects the two. One CDC press specialist even gave assurance that a press release she was crafting “gives a shout out” to Obama. The emails were obtained by The Daily Caller through a Freedom of Information Act request. “The First Lady is doing a series of events...
  • USDA chief blasts GOP attack on school lunch menus

    05/21/2014 3:08:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Lochhead
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack fired back Wednesday at Republican-led efforts to weaken nutrition guidelines in the federal school lunch program that were championed by first lady Michelle Obama and enacted in 2010 when Democrats ruled the House. Headlining the Organic Trade Association’s annual conference in Washington, Vilsack labeled as “outrageous” the GOP policy rider in the agriculture appropriations bill, and he urged the organic industry to fight back. The rider would let schools facing financial hardships in the lunch program opt out of the rules. School lunch administrators and some big food manufacturers oppose the nutrition requirements as too rigid...
  • Despite Resistance, the Lunch Nazi Doubles Down

    05/21/2014 6:34:02 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 19 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | May 21 2014 | Dave Blount
    Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi was downright benevolent compared to the Lunch Nazi: Sounding a new aggressive tone, first lady Michelle Obama vowed in a private conference call Monday to fight industry efforts at rolling back healthy school-lunch standards, an issue that could come up for a vote on Capitol Hill this week. It isn’t just “industry” that doesn’t want the national menu dictated by the Bitter Half. The kids who have to eat the widely caboosed authoritarian’s notion of healthy meals don’t like it either. Even liberal New York City dropped her school lunch scheme after determining it to be a...
  • New requirements for school food start in fall

    05/15/2014 12:00:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Cassville-Democrat (MO) ^ | May 14, 2014 | By Kayla Monahan
    New school food requirements are going into effect next year, attempting to make school meals healthier. The changes will affect four major areas. First, The Smart Snacks program requires that all sides must be served with something healthy. Second, the school will be required to meet the first target of reducing sodium. Third, all whole foods served must be whole-grain. This year, the requirements are half-and-half. Finally, breakfast must include fruit. This year, students are allowed to choose to refuse two items at lunch if they do not want it, and one at breakfast. New requirements say that they have...
  • Can vulnerable Dems' surrogates solve a problem like Obama? (The Mooch appears)

    05/11/2014 3:45:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/11/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Vulnerable Democrats are reaching out to first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden and other surrogates this fall instead of President Obama, whose low approval ratings make him a cancer for many campaigns. The party may face flagging enthusiasm from the base, but the president, the figure typically best able to counteract that, has lost most of his luster and may do more harm than good this fall. Strategist and former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Doug Thornell admitted that the president won’t be much good in red states where Democrats are up for re-election, like North Carolina and Louisiana....
  • Michelle Obama 'outraged' over Nigeria kidnapped girls

    05/10/2014 8:26:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 94 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 10, 2014 | by Jeff Mason
    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama took the rare step of delivering her husband President Barack Obama's weekly radio address on Saturday to express outrage over the kidnapping of some 200 girls in Nigeria last month. "Like millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school dormitory in the middle of the night," Mrs. Obama said in the address. "This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education - grown men attempting to snuff out...
  • Michelle Obama spotted at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg

    04/28/2014 2:36:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Washington Post's The Reliable Source ^ | April 28, 2014 | Helena Andrews
    <p>Hey isn’t that… First lady Michelle Obama spending a quiet weekend in Middleburg with daughters Malia and Sasha in tow at the tony Salamander Resort. While the president was being trailed by flashing cameras and notebook-wielding reporters on a four-country tour through Asia, Michelle Obama’s itinerary was a tad bit more low-key. On Friday she was spotted in the lobby of the luxury resort owned by multimillionaire Sheila Johnson.</p>
  • Michelle Obama Says Campaigning is as Hard as Being a Military Wife [VIDEO]

    04/26/2014 8:57:18 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 61 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 4/26/14 | N/A
    It’s unreal how many times Michelle Obama has embarrassed herself and shown just how classless she is.