I recently had a tussle on a comment thread of a Huffington Post article. First Lady Michelle Obama, as part of her "Let's Move" campaign, the article explained, had hosted a State Dinner for Kids at the White House.
For the majority of districts struggling to meet the new school food standards with inadequate funding and labor, the highly processed, lower priced, heat-and-eat entree will continue to remain an alluring option.
Michelle Obama burst on the national scene four years ago, and, like her husband, quickly captured the imagination of the nation. Some say she is her husband's best asset. She is more popular than the president, with a favorability rating of 66 percent, unchanged from two years ago.
As I shared my photo of Mrs. Obama and me with my friends and colleagues, no one asked me about what she had to say about the election -- or her campaign pitch. It was all about food issues and children and education.
Children are perpetual activity machines who benefit physically, socially and academically from running, jumping and somersaulting. Imagine how great it would be for all of us if we built on their strengths and interests and joined them in physical fun.
You may be unaware of a small produce-testing program tucked away at USDA. At a cost of only $4.5 million a year, it's one of the most efficient and successful uses of taxpayer dollars; and yet, it's been zeroed out of the 2013 budget.
Truthfully, I'm all for self-acceptance, but I've had trouble embracing the fat acceptance movement. Until, that is, I devoured Two Whole Cakes, the delightful, insightful new book by fat activist Lesley Kinzel.
A group of young girls waits eagerly on a dirt-floored basketball court as Tamika Raymond or Ruth Riley or Tamika Catchings approaches. The moment the player steps on to the court, a look of hope and joy overcomes the youth.
We need to know that we consume too much sugar and that it does us harm because, ostensibly, knowledge is power. In that spirit, we in public health have cause to welcome some important new allies to the mission of advancing health through better nutrition: museums.
Somehow, the belief that better physical, emotional, and spiritual health generates happier, more productive citizens is quickly becoming accepted as a fact in our culture, yet education has largely been moving in the opposite direction.
It's not often that I'm blown away by an invite, but when 150 leaders from Mocha Moms were invited to the White House for a private event last week, I had to pinch myself a few times just to make sure I wasn't dreaming.
Even if children are faced with a curriculum that demotes climate change to a scientific controversy, they will still act as-if because it's their native culture. It's built in to their screen time: the code for bad-guys is someone who smokes or doesn't recycle.