Michelle Obama urges faith-based groups to join healthy eating campaign
February 11th, 2012
04:13 PM ET

Michelle Obama urges faith-based groups to join healthy eating campaign

First lady Michelle Obama made a stop at the Northland Church in Florida Saturday, bringing her healthy-eating campaign to a crowd that included religious organizations affiliated with a broad swath of faiths and congregations.

In her remarks at the Central Florida evangelical megachurch where Joel Hunter serves as pastor, the first lady made the case that religious organizations can be natural partners in her efforts to combat childhood obesity.

“Our faith communities don’t tend only to folks’ spiritual health but to their emotional and their physical health as well,” she said. “Think for a moment about the scripture that tells us that your bodies are temples given to you by God. That is a core teaching of so many of our faiths - a teaching that calls us to honor and nourish the bodies we’ve been blessed with, and to help others do the same.”

The first lady’s campaign – called Let’s Move! – includes an initiative designed to engage faith-based organizations in efforts to promote better nutrition. The first lady hailed the response from such groups as “overwhelming.”

“All kinds of faith communities have been stepping up,” Michelle Obama said. “Muslim community leaders are hosting sports tournaments to encourage young people to get active. The Jewish Community Centers Association is working with JCCs around the country to grow gardens, and to get fresh food into underserved areas, and they're create early child wellness programs.”

Mrs. Obama ended her remarks by challenging the crowd to submit videos of how they are promoting healthy eating and what kind of changes they are instituting. Creators of the most interesting videos will be invited to the White House, she said.

The visit to Northland Church capped off a somewhat awkward White House reversal on its previous policy that mandated religiously affiliated organizations provide free contraception. Mrs. Obama did not mention the controversy during her appearance.


Topics: Michelle Obama

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  1. jerrylax

    If someone would have told me a few years ago a first lady would be telling us how to eat I wouldn't have believed it. This is a flimsy ignorant way for obama to spend her time...and I'm sure the rest of the world look at this and wonder just how stupid we American are for electing people like this to power. How about education....how about single unwed mothers...how about drugs...oh wait the libs opposed those first lades who championed these issues.

    If you want to do something about childhood obesity...then teach these welfare moms how to cook...stop the indiscriminate giving of food stamps for unhealthy food...oh wait that would cost the obamas votes...this is despicable.

    February 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • Mr.Americanasshole

      What the hell are you talking about. Just go back to school. Obesity is a problem in the United States and it decreases the life expectancy of Americans. Its called creating a movment to make americans healthier, if you hate it then leave the country you commie.

      February 13, 2012 at 10:28 am |
      • John

        Mr. American....... – You don't see anything wrong with saying if you don't do it my way get out? You don't think it is kind of ironic that you are saying support this governmnet program or get out? Who is the commie?

        February 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • John

      Gotta love these libs. They think Michele is the best thing that ever happened in the WH. Ask one of them what charity Laura Bush was involved in and they wouldn't have a clue. Laura Bush was/is very involved Cancer, AIDS, Literacy, Poverty, Adoption, Fostering and much more around the world.

      February 13, 2012 at 10:32 am |
      • Howard

        HERE'S ANOTHER WAY TO LOOK AT THE DEBT CEILING:

        * U.S. tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
        * Federal budget: $3,820,000,000,000
        * New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
        * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
        * Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

        Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:

        * Annual family income: $21,700
        * Money the family spent: $38,200
        * New debt on the credit card: $16,500
        * Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
        * Total budget cuts: $385

        Let's say, you come home from work and find there has been a sewer
        backup in your neighborhood and
        your home has sewage all the way up to your ceiling.
        What do you think you should do?
        Raise the ceilings; or, pump out the sewage?
        Your choice is coming this November, 2012 !!!

        February 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  2. Joey

    How about getting pizza hut, taco bell, subway, etc out of the school cafeterias? When I went to school we only had three choices, eat what was served, bring your own lunch or go without. If you lived near the school you could go home for lunch but I don't know how many schools have open campus anymore. During the summer we were always outside from dawn to dusk doing all kinds of things, kids don't do that anymore, too many things to do in the house. Ultimately it's up to the parents to set rules and have balanced meals, no amount of government involvement will help. The first lady is trying to get the message out which is good but unless the parent or parents actually pay attention to what they buy at the supermarket it's all in vain.

    February 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • geggyg

      The Pres and the Democrats tried to introduce better school food, especially for schools that have a fed funded lunch program But the GOP and tea bag families were against it . Said it was a breech of the 1st Amendment for the govt to interfer in what their children ate even when funded by the govt. In respoonse the GOP passed rules that made it easier for frozen and fast foods to be used in school lunches

      February 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • Denise

      Get the government out of my bedroom and kitchen; Joey, you are spot on. Serve good nutritional food in our schools, sorry that does mean ketchup is not a vegetable. Just another example of taxpayers picking up the tab for less than mediocre products and services.

      February 12, 2012 at 7:56 am |
    • jean2009

      School lunches and recess went out the window when Ronald Reagan declared ketchup a vegetable, and when George Bush instituted No Child Left Behind. Since then children have gained weight from poor school lunches and lack of exercise.

      The obesity problem increased rapidly once schools no longer prepared school lunches on site. Now these services are contracted in from outside companies. Some companies do a good job, but in too many locations healthy choice providers are not available so contracts have been let to local fast food chains.
      http://www.education.com/magazine/article/fast-food-school-cafeterias/

      Obesity is a problem that is not new, but it is one the first lady is addressing as each of us should. I commend her for doing so, and for speaking up and bringing this problem to the forefront.
      http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/physicalactivity/pdf/roleofschools_obesity.pdf

      Sad to say, if someone does not bring it to the forefront and highlight it today's young will not live as long as their parents or grandparents.

      February 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
      • John

        It appears you have described a vendor management problem with the vendors who supply lunch to schools. That is where the effort should be placed by this administration.

        February 13, 2012 at 11:36 am |
      • Steveo

        You mean that same No Child Left Behind bill , that Ted Kennedy helped write? I keep telling folks both parties are to blame! Still plenty of doubters out there !

        February 13, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Julio

      Freedom Fighter,Thanks for the reply to my post. Maybe you are right about Carter being worse than Bush. I think the economy for most of the Bush Presidency was quite good. It went down after the Democrats ganeid control of the House and the Senate. The main reason I listed Bush as worse than Carter is when Bush entered office the United States was probably the most powerful country on earth. It is not now. It lags behind Russia and China in most key areas, especially militarily. I think you may be right about this being deliberate. It seems George Soros may have had a hand in this. It seems he can be found with his hands in many things that are contrary to American interests. He should be treated the same as any foreign enemy.If McCain would have opposed the bailout, I really think he would have won the election and he could have pointed out that most Republican Congressmen were actually against the bail out. Had he have opposed the bail out and pointed out that more Republican Congressmen, especially in the House, were against the bail out than in favor of it the Republicans probably would have lost fewer seats.Thanks for correcting me on the 52%instead of 54%. I think the point I was trying to make was valid. Given the atrocious performance of George W. Bush, the Democratic candidate should have gotten 80% of the popular vote.

      November 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  3. george of the jungle

    Maybe the church could be more usefull to people by taking the first lady's lead . And leaving a womans reproductive business alone. Joey your right but we need funding to put PE back in schools and get these kids moving. That creates jobs but it takes money too. We need to invest in our kids future.

    February 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      like the rev wright church? hahaha

      February 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • Daniel

      Wow, I didn't know this about MI! So enxctiig. We were on WIC a few years ago and I was shocked at how much fake' food we could buy. TONS of juice and tons of processed dairy. I'm thankful that we had that option, but I remember wishing at the time that we could have more wholesome foods!

      March 2, 2012 at 5:41 am |
  4. Bob

    Hey Jungle George – maybe the government can stau out of our lives and continue to tell us what do do. They keep imposing restrictions, and the sheeple just don't seem to care their will/choice/right is grandually being eroded away.

    February 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  5. NOvember 2012

    this BS from obama is a sham. If she were serious about helping children she would perhaps teach disadvantaged mothers about nutrition...perhaps melt it with the liberal food stamp program..not allow the purchase of junk food and etc... but, you see this would not benefit obama politically....and that is all she cares about...the exploitation of these people for power.

    February 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Kevin

      Dude, you can't buy junk food with food stamps. Try again or better yet, get educated before you make a stupid comment.

      February 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
      • John

        I am not sure where you are, but you can get anything with food stamps (or IBT Cards), including drugs.

        February 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • jean2009

        http://expertscolumn.com/content/restrictions-using-food-stamps

        This site will give you a list of what can be purchased with food stamps. Actually food stamps no longer exist in most parts of the country they have been replaced by an EBT card. Which is an Electronic Benefit Transfer card and the cashier needs to see ID when it is used. That is to cut fraud and abuse.

        Unfortunately junk food such as: Ho-Ho's, potato chips, frozen pizzas, and soda can be purchased.

        For all those anti-Obama bots on here. I think you will find that the actual food police if you look at legislation proposed by Senator Ronda Storm -R Florida. Link at the bottom of the list of food items that can currently be purchased or not purchased.

        Food Items that can be purchased using food stamps and those that cannot are listed below.

        The followed items can be purchased using the food stamps:
        1. Foods for the household to eat, such as:

        * breads and cereals
        * fruits and vegetables
        * meats, fish and poultry; and
        * dairy products

        2. Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

        Food Items that cannot be purchased using food stamps

        The following items cannot be purchased using the food stamps:

        * Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
        * Any non-food items, such as:
        * pet foods;
        * soaps, paper products; and
        * household supplies.
        * Vitamins and medicines.
        * Food that will be eaten in the store.
        * Hot foods

        Other Restrictions on using Food Stamps

        Certain restaurants can be authorized to accept food stamp benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals, and certain organizations can collect food stamp benefits for providing meals and food to old or disabled eligible persons. However, food stamp benefits cannot be exchanged for cash in any case.

        In other words you can buy a dozen Ho-Ho's and a case of Cracker Jacks....but you can't buy a deli rotisserie chicken....or a roll of toilet paper and a bar of soap.

        http://www.digtriad.com/news/article/213119/176/No-Food-Stamps-For-Junk-Food-Bill-Proposed-In-Florida

        February 13, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • Trace

      Your hatred and disrespect for the 1st family is indicative of a pitiful soul. Yours is only a heart of anger and bitterness. In your eyes, "No good deed will go unpunished" I'm sure everywhere you go people are just overjoyed you show up...(complete sarcasm)

      February 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
      • NOvember 2012

        I do respect the office I have no respect for the obamas and that is my right . I don't like his kind and that is my right. So get over it! We are in the process of sending these obama sewer rats from where they came...and you have the right to not like that...and I'll acknowledge that. Your response really just shows how ignorant you are.

        February 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • JOE

        Respect is earned! Lying and cheating the American People doesn't earn respect

        February 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • Howard

        Anybody with half a brain can see through the fransparent efforts
        to make michelle obama look like a cross between Mother Teresa,
        and Snow White. After years in corrupt Chicago poliics, emorrmous
        undeserved salaries, based on nepotism, and TWENTY YEARS of listening to
        God Damn America, the White House P.R. department is working
        overtime to nominate her for sainthood ... and the slobbering obama
        stooges, like you, are defending this phony, as if michelle is the second coming
        ... when in reality, it's just more B.S. from a phony sacred cow !!!

        February 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
      • GlenR

        Notice the hate filled posters whining about Obama never seem to have anything intelligent to say about policy. They are told to hate him by Rush and Beck and the follow along like brainless drones.

        February 13, 2012 at 7:07 am |
      • Howard

        You blind fool ... Obama has played the AMERICAN PEOPLE again ... and, the only reason he keeps getting away with it over and over again, is because of the obama stooges, like you, who continually defend, support, and excuse him, no matter how badly he messes up this country. If this corrupt, radical, narcissist gets another four years, without the fear of getting reelected holding him in check, he will be even more arrogant and power hungry ... and, you will be able to kiss American democracy goodbye

        February 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
      • Theamericanasshole

        You need to wake up from your imaginary land. obama is not controlling naybody. If Obama was this overbearing leader that you say he is, you would not be typing that trash on the internet.i think american democracy should be held for those who know what it means and to use it. You should not have American democracy. Democracy is a myth.There is no country with a full democracy only partial democracy. if you say that American democracy will put at risk i want you to elect a republican in office, see how much you can do. yeah the same party who supported sopa, and the same party who wants to abolish birthrights. go ahead you fool.Go back to school, read a book, do something instead of talking trash on the internet.YOU SUCK!!!!

        February 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Nogoodsense2012 @ exlax

        Obviously from your tone you respect nothing and nobody...that is my honest opinion of the situation, which the last I checked I have a right to hold.

        You seemed to have missed many parts of the above article which states the First Lady is using faith-based groups and organizations to teach better and healthier eating practices. The key word is teach or educate...so much for your not thinking she is educating. That is exactly what she is doing on a larger scale than even you can imagine. Since she cannot go into each and every kitchen or home she is using groups that do have volunteers that work directly with the situation of hunger and nutrition.

        Most everyone knows (except you) that many faith-based organizations are the first to address hunger in local communities. Plus, these outreach organizations can be directly helpful in teaching mothers how to prepare nutritious meals.

        I know this from volunteer hours to a non-faith based organization which provides fresh produce to a faith based organization which provides meals and food to the needy.

        I commend the first lady for setting a goal to help families find ways include better eating habits in their life.
        We currently have obese young people who eat far too much junk food. This could be more easily addressed if there were more fresh vegetables available in poorer city neighborhoods. We have a larger percentage of obese children with diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol than ever before in history. The number increased from 7% in 1980 to 20% in 2008.

        http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm

        http://notes.bread.org/2011/06/usaid-administrator-heralds-the-work-of-faith-based-organizations.html
        Obama-Biden 2012-2016

        February 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Howard...How many times do I need to post how you have misquoted the Rev. Wright? Obviously the material you habitually post is old stale lies that won't stand up to a Fact Check scrutiny. You are certainly out of touch with reality so maybe you should quit posting until you do better research. .

        February 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Joey

      One way is to have only fruits and vegetables or other healthy things in the house, so if your kid wants to snack they have no choice but to eat what's at hand. I also quit drinking soda a long time ago, I just drink water and have more energy throughout the day than with coffee or pop. I don't have anything against anyone else who drinks those things because I used to drink coffee all day when I was younger, but for me now just plain old water tastes best. I agree that with food stamps there should be strict limits on what they can get, no junk snacks at all, and then they'll have no choice but to eat it. Since even the poor have at least one TV, I just can't accept the excuse that adults don't know what's healthy and what's not. It's also good to just fast for a day once in a while, drink water and get the toxins out of you.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • jean2009

      @ Nogoodsense.

      President Obama "BS" stands for a Better Solution. Something you obviously are not acquainted with.

      February 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
      • John

        So the governmnet has a better solution? I'd prefer to make my own decisions. Keep the governmnet out of my life as much as possible.

        February 13, 2012 at 8:37 am |
      • Howard

        B.S is what you're trying to peddle.

        February 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  6. geggyg

    The tea baggers (see quotes from Sarah Palin) are against all of Mrs Obamas pragrams on nutrition and exercise.
    – aginst the WH vegetable garden and teaching kids to grow things
    -against her support to get kids off the lounge and doing exercise out doors
    -against healthy school lunches
    -aginst her efforts to get more small supermarkets to sell cheaper fresh food
    -againsst her efforts to get community groups to teach nutrition and heathy cooking on a budget

    February 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      like I said this is just feel good politics and that is about it....does no one any real good.

      February 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
      • TiredofNo

        That's right. Healthy school lunches, nutrition, healthy cooking–just "feelgood politics." Let's get to the vital issues like birth certificates, muslim-hating and keeping God on the coin!

        February 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
      • julibear

        So these evil Obamas and their healthy agenda does no one any good,huh? What if some completely naive mom actually (god forbid) admired the First Lady and thought, I might take this advice and get some vegetables on the plate and grow a garden with my kids and get out to the park every weekend, and OH NO! The kid loses weight, is happy to hang out more with mom in nature, learns how to appreciate hard work and marvels at how things grow...this sounds horrible and is clearly NO GOOD for America. Stay safe inside on your video games kids! THATS Patriotism!

        February 13, 2012 at 8:14 am |
    • John

      You forgot all the repubs want dirty air and water... Stop drinking the cool aid.

      February 13, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • John

      Are there any limits to our governmnet IYO? Is it ok for the governmnet to tell you what you and your kids must eat or can't eat?

      February 13, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • Howard

      While Americans are pinching their pennies, looking for work, watching their home values sink, getting gouged at the market and the pumps ... Michelle Obama goes on a one hour $50,000 shopping spree, for clothes, in New York. Barack squanders FIVE TRILLION of OUR hard earned dollars, in just3 years ... and, now both of the Obama's are campaigning feverishly, for Americans to send them more of OUR money, in order to help the Obama's get reelected.
      It's time to kick these self-serving, corrupt hypocrites out of the White House !!!

      February 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  7. Liz

    If they are at all serious about HEALTHY food choices, they would get that Monsanto lawyer (Michael Taylor) out of the FDA and they would mandate labeling of ALL genetically modified food instead of fast-track approving these foods that are more and more showing themselves to be dangerous and require ever stronger herbicides – right now, they are trying to get a variation of AGENT ORANGE approved for superweeds that have now outsmarted Monsanto's Round Up! What hypocrisy! I appreciate her interest in these topics, but Mrs. Obama needs to get up to speed on GMO "food" and get her husband to start criminal investigation in Monsanto hiding data about how dangerous their "foods" are and forbid any more of them being brought to market instead of strong arming other countries into accepting them and accepting "terminator" seeds that can't reproduce. Enough with the lies!

    February 12, 2012 at 12:20 am |
  8. chrisnot

    Any effort in this area needs to be applauded. There are reports of 200lb 8 year olds. It isn't at all unusual to see moms in fast food restaurants feeding babies and toddlers french fries. Highly skilled advertising agencies are paid huge sums of $ by fast food companies to get you thru the front door.., sometimes lured by the "we offer healthy choices" line. The barrage of these ads is equal to, if not exceeding, the lawyer commercials, the car commercials, the furniture commercials, etc etc. When kids can pull themselves away from their play stations, they're watching mind numbing cartoons and drooling at the fast food ads. Then mom puts the kids in the car and drives them 2 blocks to the local burger joint where they get their 2000 calorie lunch. Me? I love a cheese whopper w/onion rings & 2 milks..., every month or so. Coke or Pepsi.., American institutions? My parents wouldn't have it in the house and to this day, I don't understand why people push that stuff past their lips. Yet, I am convinced that most kids ween themselves from mother's milk directly to sugar/caffein soft drinks that demand a full isle.., right next to the chips and cheese sticks at the supermarket.

    Mrs. Obama, I do applaud your efforts and I do hope you are successful, but, wisdom and reason are wasted on those who are being isolated by natural selection.

    February 12, 2012 at 4:05 am |
  9. Obama2012

    Healthy food is expensive and we need to cut ties with monsanto and make proper nutrition a right not a privilege. affordable healthy options in poor neighborhoods instead of cheap fast food.

    February 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  10. BomaBeGone

    What a dweeb, her husband slaps them around and she wants them to help her. I bet she wants the to take 2 birth control pills with vitamin c added for nutrition.

    February 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  11. dreamer96

    Mrs. Obama should urge her husband to record a album and be the first President with a number one album while in office...

    February 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  12. errr

    Doesnt really matter what you eat, your all going to die anyhow. Knew plenty of very health conscience people who still keeled over dead from a heart attack or got plastered by a car. And I know a lot of unhealthy people who are in there 80's still kicking and smoking thier cigs. So you can sit around and worry that greasy pile of steak your about to eat is going to kill you or you can enjoy it and go about your business. Because you never know, on your way to work that car coming in the other lane may all the sudden be in your lane. Or a brick could fall off a building and smash you or you could fall down some stairs, you never know. Eating is the last thing you should worry about. Not to forget to mention, she has a cheif and whatever food she wants at her disposal. If we ate like she did we could all be health nuts. Unfortunately you or I couldnt even begin to afford half the food the 1st family eats, that is unless you get food stamps. Had a guy in front of me with 3 carts of food the other day. Paid for the whole thing with food stamps. While I have a 40 hr a week job and usually can only afford $150 dollars worth of food for the next 2 weeks. Should have made him bag my groceries.

    February 13, 2012 at 2:32 am |
  13. John

    If there agenda is so healthy why don't they follow it?

    February 13, 2012 at 8:40 am |
  14. Steveo

    Slow folks, Absolutely nothing wrong with this idea! Lots of churches already do this a provide group exercises to boot!

    The Bible clearly speaks of the body being the temple of God and we are supposed to take care of it!

    Most importantly, this is a urging not a mandate, she is NOT TELLING you to do anything but is asking all of us to consider it! You have a right to be 100 pounds over weight, you have a right to a heart attack at age 35! You have a right to diabetes and cancer, IF that is what you want! Nobody is telling anyone to do anything, she is just asking us to think about it! Absolutely nothing wrong with this!

    February 13, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • John

      This administration has proven they will nudge people to their desired outcomes. For you to say "she is NOT TELLING you to do anything, but is asking all of us to consider it". Doesn't this remind you of "Obamacare" because healthcare is to expensive or "Solindra" because we need green energy or "The Volt" because we are using to much gas or no pipeline, because we need to perform yet another study. I can go on and on. This administration constantly over steps the bounds of the office of the president. Can you say no salt? No Sugar? No Soda? No fatty foods? No happy meal toys? How about only union workers for government projects?

      February 13, 2012 at 11:44 am |
      • Theramericanasshole

        Shut up seriously. It is a campaign movement to lead towards better diet and healthy eating. If you want to have a heart attack at the age of 35 go ahead. If you want to be 100 pounds go ahead. It is your choice. Pro-Choice. they are not telling you to do anything, they are suggesting that you take steps to better your health. You are a class a idiot. If you havent noticed this administration does things for the betterment of it people. for you to say that they are taking away your constituional rights show that your a effing idiot. I have a few suggestions for you.
        -Go to School
        -Read a book
        -Stay out of mcdonalds
        -STOP WATCHING FOX NEWS!!!!

        February 13, 2012 at 11:52 am |
      • Steveo

        John,

        People still have to think for themselves. At this stage nobody is mandated to do anything! Obamacare on the other hand is a mandate!! Two different things! The Volt is not a mandate! I won't buy one! Solyndra was a farce, but not a mandate! I do agree that the government whether local, state, or federal can use this as an opportunity to push this to a mandate, like San Fran did with no happy meal toys! The primary difference is she is NOT a government official and cannot mandate anything!

        February 13, 2012 at 11:52 am |
      • John

        Stevo – she may not be an elected official, but if you think her agenda is not being pushed you are not paying attention. We had no say in the green companies getting our money – billions were simply given. We had no say in the so called saving of Governmnet Motors with the bailouts where the shareholders were screwed out of their investment by the governmnet. Salt (soon to be sugar also) is off the tables in resturants.
        This administration is very good at nudging people to their agenda – call it what you will. I tend to call it working towards mandates. Heck, when was the last time you heard anyone speak about the cost of gas? It may not be a mandate, but we all know this administration wants the cost of energy to go up so they can "nudge" us all to their agenda.

        February 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
      • Steveo

        John,

        Based upon past government behavior you have a point. NY and other cities have banned certain items in the past. As for me, I am not ready to panick on this. I think a few of us understand the fixation with the "European model" though! I 'm not arguing with you, just giving you my point of view on this particular issue!

        February 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  15. Lindsey

    Faith based organizations help our country by teaching healthy behavior in all ways. Treating your body "as a temple" is just one of those ways. Perhaps Michelle should start attending a "Faith-based" meeting every Sunday to find out exactly what goes on at one! (Except for Rev. Wright's meeting) By doing so, she would find that the body AND the spirit need to be properly nourished for healthy living!

    February 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  16. SPA Knight

    First they mandate light bulbs, then it's ObamaCare cram down, then it's an HHS mandate to purchase contraceptives for anyone who wants them and now they want to mandate our eating habits. These nuts are out of control and need to be retired as quickly as possible so we can regain our God given freedoms.

    February 15, 2012 at 10:38 am |
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