The "We Are Hungry" video out of Kansas has made the big time.
I'm not talking about the Today Show or Fox News, where it has been featured. No, it made it on to The Daily Show tonight, where Jon Stewart picked up on the association between favorable media coverage for the video and negative coverage for any association with Michelle Obama.
That's easily evident in one of Linda O'Connor's (the teacher who helped make the video) own recent interviews, in which she states that "I guess my biggest problem is when media consult the U.S. government for guidelines, when (the government) set the guidelines."
Perhaps she is unaware that the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, actually says that school meals must reflect the latest Dietary Guidelines and the regulations are based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine. Some people will recall that the Institute of Medicine, "the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863," is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides unbiased and authoritative advice.
Now maybe an English teacher in Kansas knows more about child nutrition, but I think I will go with the advice of an organization whose "members are elected for their excellence and professional achievement" in their field.
You also have to wonder why a teacher and students in a school district with just a few hundred students is driving so much of the attention around this story. O'Connor states that half of the high school students aren't eating in the cafeteria now, but that is just 30 students!
She also states that "we're getting the great foods and the healthy foods, but it's the negation of the fuel." She wants the kids to get more of the protein and carbohydrates "that give us our energy for the day." So instead of the USDA and IOM setting the guidelines for what kids should eat in school, I guess she wants to do it.
Politics is everywhere these days. Lets keep it away from what we need to do to keep our kids safe and healthy.
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