We Know What's Good for You
Is school lunch reform in need of reform?
12:15 PM, Aug 19, 2013 • By VICTORINO MATUS
Michelle Obama is on the cover of this week's Parade magazine. The profile by Maggie Murphy and Lynn Sherr was hard-hitting: "Posing in the formal Green Room, she appears both relaxed and invigorated, embracing the undefined (and undefinable) roles of Spouse in Chief, Role Model in Chief, and Mom in Chief. But it's the last one that makes the first lady shine brightest of all. Put her in a room with kids—whether her own or the nation's—and she glows." Tell me more!
Fighting against childhood obesity is a worthy cause and the first lady deserves some credit for taking on this crusade. In fact, the latest data indicate childhood obesity is going down. That said, creating new guidelines turned out to be harder to implement—what looks good on paper isn't necessarily practical.
Mrs. Obama acknowledges this in the Parade piece:
No, it doesn't. But is the first lady confident that she and her advisers know what is best for every student from coast to coast? Case in point, while going through our local paper, the Arlington Sun Gazette, my wife came across an article headlined "More Flexibility for School Lunches." Editor Scott McCaffrey writes:
School systems had to nix offering cheeseburgers, since the combination of meat, bread and cheese made them illegal under the federal rules. What's that saying about the road to hell? (And keep in mind this is Arlington County, which voted 69.1 percent for Barack Obama.)
In any event, Maclosky had better news: "The new federal regulations have been sorted out, and we are pleased that we will have the opportunity to be more flexible with our daily options," she tells McCaffrey.
But should all kids be on the same diet plan? Should a varsity linebacker get the same amount of protein and carbohydrates as the president of the Math League? Maybe the government can issue waivers.
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