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House must act now on child nutrition

Here is some good news: With strong leadership from Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), the Senate recently unanimously passed a child nutrition bill that could help make our children healthier and our nation stronger.

The bill not only would take the steps needed to remove junk food from our school cafeterias and enable millions of children to develop healthier eating habits, but it would also help address a serious problem in military recruiting.

Consider this: As many as 9 million young adults – 27 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds — are too overweight or obese to join the military. Weight problems have become the leading medical reason why young people cannot enlist in the military. In Georgia, more than 43 percent of young adults are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As a retired general, I have joined more than 150 retired military leaders in urging Congress to improve nutrition in our schools as a necessary step to reduce obesity and increase the pool of qualified candidates for military service. As ranking member of the Senate committee that wrote the legislation, Sen. Chambliss deserves a salute for his leadership and bipartisan approach to this critical issue.

Retired military leaders are now calling on the House to move quickly next month and approve child nutrition legislation. Congress must send a final bill to the President before the current law expires at the end of September.

Major General Jack C. Wheeler, US Army (Ret.)

Fayetteville, Ga.



We eat to live- Our children are growing and learning- they need nutritious food to get them through their day! Get the garbage out and get the healthy food in- I understand it may take a little more work on the part of the Schools and kitchen staff- but come on- it is completely worth it.
Take a hint from Jamie's Food Revolution- Everything is all neatly laid out- someone just needs to take the initiative-
Are there Moms out there who will help with the Revolution?

Geneva Y's picture

Right of the children to have a healthy life. The bill supported by Michelle Obama and his husband tackles child's anti-hunger. The child nutrition bill made it through Congress Thurs and Obama is expected to promptly sign it. I found this here: <a title="Child nutrition bill aspires to feed children wholesome school lunches" href=" nutrition bill passed by Congress despite GOP maneuvering</a> The child nutrition bill is intended for making sure more poor children are fed, make school meals healthier and make sure that vending machines offer more dietary choices, at a cost of $4.5 billion. Republicans trapped to the party line by opposing the bill on large government grounds, but efforts by Democrats to minimize the cost won over enough members of the opposition to secure its approval.

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