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White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Praised

Statement of CSPI Nutrition Policy Director Margo G. Wootan

WASHINGTON - The White House has laid out a comprehensive
strategy
that if made a national priority and implemented should
reduce obesity. From urging companies to improve restaurant children's
meals and reduce unhealthy food marketing to getting good food in and
junk food out of schools, the recommendations are bold, yet achievable.

Straight away, Congress could deliver on many of the Task Force recommendations by completing the child
nutrition reauthorization. With one day's attention, the Senate could
pass the Agriculture Committee's bill, which would provide a
historic increase in school lunch funding, get junk food out of vending
machines, and help schools implement stronger nutrition and physical
activity wellness policies.

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