Topanga Sena, an 11-year-old reporter for Scholastic News in Florida, recently had the opportunity to interview first lady Michelle Obama about her Let’s Move! campaign (video below).
Sena asked: “How do you respond to critics who say the government should not be telling people how to eat or to stay active?”
Michelle Obama claimed that her program, which does advocate what people should eat and how they should exercise, responded: “You know, that’s absolutely right, and Let’s Move! doesn’t do that,” said the first lady. “Let’s Move! is not about having government telling people what to do, because government doesn’t have all the answers."
"I mean, a problem that’s this big and affects so many people requires everyone to step up. So we’re asking everyone to do their part. Parents have to make some changes at home, but they need the information to be able to make those choices. And they have to have access to affordable foods in their communities, fresh and healthy foods, right? So we need government to do its part, but we need businesses to do their part, as well.”
According to The Washington Free Beacon, the first lady wasn't entirely truthful:
In January 2012, the USDA issued a series of regulations as part of the new law. Michelle Obama unveiled the new meal standards during a guest appearance at a Virginia elementary school. The new rules include:
- Ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week.
- Offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties.
- Limiting calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size.