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Thursday, September 12, 2013

"Let's Move" and Support the Healthy Food Choices Act (H.R. 3073): Block Food Stamp Users From Buying Junk Food

The First Lady's "Let's Move" initiative works to educate the public on childhood obesity and to encourage Americans to "raise a healthier generation of Kids" through activity, exercise  and good eating habits.

A quick glance of the mission statement shows "Let's Move" understands the importance of eating good, healthy food and the negative effect sugar-laden junk food is doing to the youth of America.  

Michelle Obama should be thrilled that the Healthy Food Choices Act (H.R.3073) being introduced by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) will help accomplish exactly what "Let's Move" promotes as part of changing bad food habits, especially in low income families which are most likely to be recipients of Food Stamps (SNAP).

Here's a great chance for First Lady Michelle Obama to use her "Let's Move" campaign to help pass the Healthy Food Choices Act (H.R. 3073) being sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN).....

From The Hill --
Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday proposed legislation that would require people using federal food stamps to buy only healthy food.

The Healthy Food Choices Act, H.R. 3073, reflects a long-standing criticism that the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) allows people to buy billions of dollars worth of junk food. 

A 2012 study found that food stamps enable about $2 billion worth of junk food purchases each year, and that more than half of all SNAP benefits are used to buy sugary drinks.

Efforts to curb these purchases have been opposed by anti-hunger groups. But Roe said some states are already exploring ways to curb junk food purchases through the SNAP program, and argued that the federal government needs to take steps as well.

"Already, states like Wisconsin and South Carolina have shown interest in improving the healthfulness of choices in their SNAP programs," he said. "By giving SNAP recipients more nutritious choices, we can take a meaningful step towards ending hunger in America."

Under Roe's bill, food purchased under SNAP would have to meet the same guidelines that food purchased under the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program already have to meet. The WIC guidelines are strict, and are made up of several different standards for products like breakfast cereal, milk, vegetables, peanut butter and other foods. (Continue Reading....)
 I wonder if the First Lady will contact Rep. Roe and say, "'Let's Move' the Healthy Food Choices Act into law and put the health of our low-income and less fortunate children first!"

Or will she just "let them eat cake?"

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