Michelle Obama Encourages Healthy Eating

Michelle Obama

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An article in the New York Times reports that 7-year-old first daughter Sasha Obama is not a fan of green vegetables, including spinach. (Sound familiar?)

But according to first lady, Michelle Obama, that's no excuse for her daughter to eat an unhealthy diet...


Mrs. Obama has made healthy eating a major item on her agenda. For her own family, this means that Mrs. Obama makes sure her daughters eat a diet of mostly fresh, whole foods—including fruit and vegetables—instead of "juice boxes, sweets, and processed food."

In a broader sense, however, Mrs. Obama is promoting access to fresh, nutritious food for ALL communities—not just the wealthy or those with a private White House chef. She has publicly praised community gardens and, while working at a soup kitchen last week in Washington D.C., praised the center for its fresh, unprocessed menu of steamed broccoli, mushroom risotto, and apple-carrot muffins. Mrs. Obama also stressed the importance of donating fresh, healthy food (like fresh fruits and vegetables) to food banks and soup kitchens instead of canned and processed food.

This article really made me think, especially in light of yesterday's post about the donated Michael Phelps Corn Flakes. In that post, I mentioned how food banks rarely get cereal donations, and it made me wonder about what other items they were lacking. I know it's a slippery slope when we talk about donated food because on the one hand—as the old adage says—you should never look a gift horse in the mouth. But what happens if the processed and canned foods being donated have the potential to cause long-term health issues?

I'm interested in hearing any thoughts on this—whether you donate to, volunteer or work at, or get food from a food bank.

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