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Food nutrition labels haven’t changed in 20 years. But Michelle Obama sees a need for change.
As part of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity initiative, Michelle Obama promoted a proposal for new nutrition labels for many popular foods. The goal is for the labels “to more accurately reflect what people actually eat,” reports The Huffington Post. On the new labels, calorie counts would be more prominent. And for the first time, labels will have to list any sugars added by manufacturers.
Take ice cream, for example. The serving size would increase from a half cup to a cup, meaning the calorie listing on the label would also double. More often than not, a person will eat a whole cup of ice cream rather than stop when there’s that big chunk of chocolate chip cookie dough staring them in the face. According to the Food and Drug Administration, serving sizes must, by law, be based on actual consumption, not some suggested servings.
“Our guiding principle here is very simple, that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family,” said the First Lady, who talked up the changes at the White House while celebrating the fourth anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign. She also announced new Agriculture Department rules that would reduce the promotion of less-healthful foods in schools.
While the new labels will be less cluttered or, as FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, called them “a more user-friendly version,” don’t expect to see them at the grocery store any time soon.
It could take years. First, the FDA will review comments on the proposal for 90 days. A final rule could be a year away. Then, once finalized, the FDA has proposed allowing the industry two years to comply.
It is expected to cost food companies about $2 billion to revise labels make the new labels.
“The FDA offered two labels in its proposal — one that looks similar to the current version but is shorter and clearer and another that groups the nutrients into a ‘quick facts’ category for things like fat, carbohydrates, sugars and proteins,” reports the HuffPo.
The proposed labels will also include an “avoid too much” grouping for saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugar, and a “get enough” category with vitamin D, potassium, calcium, iron and fiber. Most experts say Americans aren’t getting enough potassium and vitamin D while vitamin C and vitamin A listings are no longer necessary.
The most important change will be on serving sizes. With the new labels, both 12-ounce and 20-ounce sodas would be listed as one serving, and foods usually consumed in one sitting — such as a bag of chips, can of soup or frozen entree— would either be considered a single serving or would list nutrient data both by serving and by container.
Another big revision is the inclusion of added sugars. The Agriculture Department’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans report that added sugars contribute an average of 16 percent of the total calories in U.S. diets, but they’re merely empty calories.
More people are reading labels. A new study by the Agriculture Department study said 42 percent of working adults always read or read most of the time in 2009 and 2010, an increase from 34 percent two years earlier.
Do you read nutrition labels?
Have I told y’all how much I love Amy Poehler? She has a YouTube series which aims to encourage and inspire young girls, she’s hilarious (see: Baby Mama) and she seems like such a sweet spirit. I was late to the bandwagon and just started watching “Parks and Recreation” a couple of months ago. The show is awesome! There’s strong feminist rhetoric, the characters are all so lovable and diverse and the writing consistently has me shedding tears of laughter.
So I’m super pumped that two of my favorites are going to join forces.
According to letsmove.gov, First Lady Michelle Obama will make a special appearance on the season finale of the show which is set to air on Thursday, April 24.
Mrs. Obama’s scene in the upcoming episode was shot this month in Miami where she celebrated investments in healthier out-of-school programs as a part of the “Let’s Move” campaign.
Mrs. Obama won’t be the first real political figure to appear on the show’s government based sitcom. Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain, California Senator Barbara Boxer and Maine’s Senator Olympia Snowe have also taken part in the show’s filming.
If you’ve never seen the show, “Parks and Recreation,” which we true fans call “Parks and Rec,” follows the career of city councilwoman Leslie Knope, played by Poehler, in a small town called Pawnee, Indiana.
“Parks and Recreation” airs every Thursday at 9pm, 8c. There aren’t adequate words to describe my excitement, so I’ll allow Leslie to do it for me in the gif below:
Are you a fan of this show? Will you be watching the First Lady’s episode?
In celebration of the fourth anniversary of her children’s health initiative, “Let’s Move,” Michelle Obama has been all over your screens.
And although some complained that the initiative was too intrusive (it reformed school lunch programs and encouraged young people to exercise), the program has been a success. The First Lady even got several major corporations to pledge to put more of an emphasis on fruits and veggies in their store chains, reports The Grio.
Continuing her fight against youth obesity, Obama partnered with Will Ferrell for a new, funny “Let’s Move” public service announcement.
The comedic short debuted on ABC’s Good Morning America and features Obama as the straight woman to a wacky Ferrell in conversation with a focus group of kids. The pair question the kids about healthy foods and eating habits. Ferrell learned that no, you cannot eat entire honey-baked hams.
Obama also appeared on The Tonight Show during Jimmy Fallon’s debut week as the late-night show’s new host. She talked about “Let’s Move” and encouraged young people who are prone to doing stupid things that get them hurt to sign up for health insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act. The latest phase of “Let’s Move” is a promotional campaign to find out how “people are moving.”
“What we’re asking people to do is show us how you are moving,” Obama told Fallon. “And what we want people to do is Facebook it, Tweet it, Instagram it.” She wants people to use the hashtag #letsmove. And she promised a surprise at the end of the campaign –the President and Vice President may show people how they move.
Obama also used the skit “Ew” at the top of the show to promote “Let’s Move” by telling the two “girls” (Ferrell and Fallon) that exercise is definitely not “ew.” Then, of course, the threesome danced.
Who knew Michelle Obama had such good comedic timing?!
For a bonus, in case ice skating is your preferred method of getting in shape, we have footage of the Olympic performance Will Ferrell didn’t get to do in Sochi below. Gold medal every day for Will Ferrell.
From The Grio
A survey of academics has found that Eleanor Roosevelt was America’s best first lady. Michelle Obama ranks fifth.
The findings from the Siena College/C-SPAN poll were released Saturday.
Hillary Clinton dropped from fourth to sixth since the last survey in 2008.
Abigail Adams kept her second place standing, and Jacqueline Kennedy retained third place. Dolley Madison was fourth.
Clinton is seen as the former first lady with the most presidential potential.
The poll is based on interviews with 242 historians, political scientists and other scholars questioned from Oct. 10 to Nov. 25 by mail and online.
Read more about the First Lady at TheGrio.com
Justin Bieber is in the news every other day. And his recent antics, the alleged drag racing, egg throwing, spitting etc have really annoyed quite a few people. So much so that folks have started a White House petition to have Bieber deported.
While that’s probably never going to happen, it did garner significant support with over 252,782 signatures, more than twice its goal of 100,000. And since Justin Bieber is more important than health care, reproductive rights the economy or even this polar vortex that has shown no signs of letting up, Mrs. Obama, in an interview with Univsion, was asked what advice she would offer his mother. Here’s what she had to say:
“I don’t know if it would be advice as much as action,” she said. “I would be very present in his life right now. And I would be probably with him a good chunk of the time, just there to talk, to figure out what’s going on in his head, to figure out who’s in his life and who’s not, you know.”
Bieber’s real mom, Pattie Mallette, has already commented on her son’s recent behavior saying, “If Justin’s struggling, don’t kick him when he’s down or condemn him–pray for him.”
Personally, I’m a little confused by all of the outrage concerning Bieber. This is just the type of dumb ish teenagers do. It’s just the fact that he’s a teenager in the limelight and all of his immaturity is on display.
But that being said, I do agree with the First Lady, somebody, an adult who’s not trying to party with him in the club– looking at you Daddy Biebs– needs to be all up in his ear right now.
What do you think about Mrs. Obama’s advice for Justin’s mom? Do you think she should have spoken on this issue?
Michelle Obama wants potential undergrads everywhere to know that being first isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. In “I’m First”, a video funded by the Center for Student Opportunity, The First Lady among a range of others discuss their experiences being the first people in their families to attend college.
“Neither of my parents graduated from college, so when I got to campus as a freshman, I’ll admit I was a little overwhelmed,” she reveals about her first year at Princeton University. “I didn’t know how to choose my classes, or find the right classrooms. I didn’t know how to furnish my own dorm room.”
The campaign hopes to offer some comfort and support to young people across the country who may be intimidated by the pressure of being the first ones in their families to go to college. Many of these students will not only face an independence that can be scary for any college freshman, but also a culture shock from an unfamiliarity that comes with leaving your surroundings. According to The College Board website, more than one-third of 5-17 years olds in the United States are first generation students with the rate being highest among minorities. They are more likely to be academically unprepared, less likely to understand the financial breakdown of a college education and more likely to delay college entry and/or drop-out.
Michelle Obama reveals that Princeton was never even an option for her at one point. “”The truth is that if Princeton hadn’t found my brother as a basketball recruit, and if I hadn’t seen that he could succeed on a campus like that, it never would have occurred to me to apply to that school — never,” she revealed at a recent White House event. “And I know that there are so many kids out there just like me.” She graduated Princeton in 1985 and Harvard Law School in 1988. In the video she reassures students that feelings of awkwardness and incompetence are a normal part of the process, and that initially she was worried she didn’t measure up to her Princeton classmates, “But soon enough, I realized that was all in my head,” Obama says. “I was just as smart as everyone else, and I had just as much to contribute. I just had to have the confidence to believe in myself, and the determination to work hard, and ask for help when I needed it.”
The First Lady now finds humor in her experiences after admitting she bought sheets that were way too short for the bed in her freshman dorm, which led to her legs rubbing against an old plastic mattress for the whole year. Years later she’s sleeping in the White House and vacationing in Hawaii with Oprah. In “I’m First”, The First Lady sends a message that where you come from doesn’t have to determine where you’re going, “That’s my message to all of you. No matter where you come from, or how much money your family has, I want to know that you can succeed in college, and get your degree, and then go on to build an incredible life for yourself.”
Check out the Michelle Obama “I’m First” message:
‘You’re More Confident, You Know Yourself More:’ Michelle Obama Talks The Benefits Of Turning 50 And Valentine’s Day Plans
A few weeks ago Michelle Obama celebrated her 50th birthday with a series of fun-filled activities. During a recent interview with E! the stunning mom of two opened up about life at 50, her fitness routine and what she and the POTUS have planned for Valentine’s Day. Check out her interview highlights below.
On turning 50:
“You’re more confident, you know yourself more, you’re not concerned about what other people think. And if you’ve taken care of your health, many times you can be in the best shape you’ve been in…You watch your kids grow up and I know, my girls, they’re starting to become real people with opinions and it’s just so much fun to talk to them now.”
On her workout routine:
“Barack and I work out together every single morning. I get up in the morning, usually either right before the kids go to school or right after, and I do about an hour and a half workout. I try to do 45 minutes of cardio and then whatever I’m doing that day.”
On their Valentine’s Day plans:
“This year, again, I’ve had this big birthday celebration—my husband really celebrated me so well—he did a great job. I had a great couple of weeks, so I think we’re going to low-key it for Valentine’s Day. We have been married for 21 years and he never forgets a Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday. He’s really good at that kind of stuff.”
On what she thinks of ‘Scandal:’
“I hadn’t watched it until this past vacation and we went to Hawaii…so [we] had a long flight [and] I watched all the seasons,” she shared. “I love Kerry Washington. She is amazing, so it makes the show fun.”
Gold star for Barack ! He’s the President of the United States and still never manages to miss important dates in his relationship? Kudos to him!
How can you not love Michelle Obama?! The woman just seems so full of life. Last week, you may have stumbled across this picture of FLOTUS with the stars of the Miami Heat and their coach Eric Spoelstra ki-king while eating apples in the White House. I saw the photo and thought ‘What are they up to?” and “Ray Allen and Chris Bosh’s sock game is sick!”
Well today we learned a little bit of went down at the White House. The Heat were there participating in Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign promoting exercise and healthy eating.
While there they filmed a little promo for the campaign that features a trill Michelle Obama eating apples, a creepy Chris Bosh lurking over shoulders and the First Lady dunking on Lebron James. Don’t forget that Michelle’s brother Craig Robinson is a basketball coach, she’s not new to this. It’s nothing to a bawse baller. She even had the appropriate stank face to follow it.
Take a look at Michelle’s greatness in the video below.
Happy 50th Birthday Michelle Obama!
In honor of the First Lady’s 50th birthday, lets take a moment to remember why she’s our favorite FLOTUS.
She’s Committed to Education
Last November, Michelle Obama got the nation excited about her college “Whatever It Takes” initiative. Thanks to her, thousands more will have a real shot at getting a college education.
“Scandal” is one of those shows that sucks you in so much that when an episode concludes, you kind of have to give yourself a little shake and make a mental note that it’s all fiction. While she may be based on a real-life “fixer,” our beloved Olivia Pope is not a real person. For the most part, even the most devoted Gladiator realizes that while the overall theme of some of the stories illustrated on the show were pulled from actual headlines, a lot of the details and heart-pounding craziness comes strictly from the imaginations of Shonda Rhimes and those über talented writers that she has on staff.
According to The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer, President Obama and Mrs. O recently began watching the hit ABC drama. While it offers great entertainment, during a discussion about what he thought of the series, he expressed that it isn’t reflective of what’s really going down in the nation’s capital.
Well that’s relieving. I would probably run out of fingers and toes if I tried to count the number of times I’ve heard someone say that they would not be too pleased to find out that Obama had real-life Olivia Pope that he was creeping off to see. Not to mention all of the other scandalous deeds that happen on the show. I’d love to hear Lady O’s take on the series though.