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First Lady Michelle Obama Offers Gratitude and Support for the School Nutrition Association

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to SNA

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to the School Nutrition Association Legislative Action Conference in Washington, Monday, March 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

For decades, we’ve been looking to you for help in achieving our nation’s most urgent priorities,” credited First Lady Michelle Obama, addressing more than 750 attendees of the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) annual Legislative Action Conference, being held this week in Washington, D.C.

The First Lady acknowledged that efforts and achievements of the nation’s school nutrition professionals go largely unrecognized and unacknowledged by many. “There are not a lot of headlines about (how) school meals may be the only meals many children get all day,” she noted. “And most people don’t know how the cafeteria is one of the most important classrooms in the school.”

Mrs. Obama welcomed the partnership of SNA and its 50,000 members in joining her newly launched “Let’s Move” initiative to address childhood obesity.

The School Nutrition Association is honored to have First Lady Michelle Obama recognize the efforts of our school nutrition professionals, proud partners of the Let’s Move campaign. Preparing healthy well-balanced school meals while meeting federal nutrition standards and staying within budget is a tremendous challenge for our cash-strapped school districts,” noted SNA President Dora Rivas, MS, RD, SNS, who also serves as Executive Director of Child Nutrition Services for Dallas (Texas) Independent School District.

This week, SNA is calling on Congress to follow the President and First Lady’s lead and provide school nutrition programs with critical funds for healthy school meals,” continued Rivas. “For the 31 million children who eat school lunch each day, the upcoming re-authorization of the Child Nutrition Act is much more than just another congressional debate. It means nutrition for a hungry child, fuel for a successful school day, a healthy solution for a busy parent and a chance for children to learn about balanced meals and establish lifelong positive eating habits.”

In her address, the First Lady affirmed her understanding and support of many of SNA’s top priorities, including the need for adequate funding, reducing paperwork that presents obstacles to participation, improving the quality of foods served, providing equipment support and ensuring training for school nutrition professionals.

Mrs. Obama also spoke on the intent of the Let’s Move campaign to eliminate all “food deserts”—communities without access to a supermarket—within seven years. She cited statistics that almost one-quarter of the nation’s population lives in such areas, purchasing foods from gas stations and convenience stores. Children can have “the most delicious healthy school lunches, but it won’t help if their families don’t have access to a supermarket.”

She also cited the importance of physical activity as a tent pole in successfully addressing obesity concerns. “We know that healthy eating is only half the battle,” she noted.

The First Lady was extraordinarily complimentary of the efforts of school nutrition professionals working in schools and districts across the country. “You don’t just shape the future of individual students—you shape the future of America,” said Mrs. Obama. “For decades, we have looked to you for help in achieving our nation’s most urgent priorities. Let’s rally the country around a single, ambitious goal that kids born today reach a healthy weight by the time they become adults.”

I am thrilled that you have agreed to work with us to meet this goal,” the First Lady concluded. “We are going to need everything you’ve got. We will need your ideas—both big and small. Let’s be clear, the only way we’re going to solve [the problem of child obesity] is by working together.”

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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Live Action Short

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The Door
The DoorA father desperately attempts to come to terms with the devastating effects of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Click here for complete coverage of The Door, that includes: nominations, trailers, cast, reviews, production notes, and more…

Instead of Abracadabra
Instead of AbracadabraA man who still lives with his parents tries to realize his dream of becoming a magician.

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Kavi
KaviThe story of a young boy who attempts to escape from the brick kiln where he is forced to work as a bonded labor slave in India.

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Miracle Fish
Miracle FishEight year old Joe has a Birthday he will never forget. After friends bully him, he sneaks off to the sick bay, wishing everyone in the world would go away. He wakes up to find his dream may have become a reality.

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The New Tenants
The New TenantsA prying neighbor, a glassy-eyed drug dealer, and a husband brandishing both a weapon and a vendetta, make up the welcome wagon. Amidst the as-yet-unopened boxes and the hopes for a fresh start of two men on what might just be the worst moving day ever, their new apartment reveals its terrifying history.

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New Justice Official: I’ll Fight Anti-Gay Discrimination

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Justice Dept. Seeks Action vs. Gay Discrimination

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Gay March on Washington 10/11/09

Associated Press/Devlin Barrett—The Obama administration’s point man on civil rights said Wednesday he will seek to fight discrimination against gays, an area in which the Justice Department has had only a small role in the past.

Tom Perez, the assistant attorney general in charge of the department’s Civil Rights Division, said pending legislation in Congress will allow the department to attack discrimination against lesbian, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, a group often referred to by the acronym LGBT.

That would be new territory for the division that has historically gone after discrimination based on race, gender or religion. It would also be a major shift from the division’s work during the Bush administration, which opposed expansion of the federal hate crimes law to prosecute those who attack gays.

Tom Perez

Tom Perez

Perez on Wednesday he gave his first speech to division employees, saying the division must be transformed “so that we are capable of tackling the civil rights challenges of the 21st century,” include issues not historically addressed by the department.

We must fight for fairness and basic equality for our LGBT brothers and sisters who so frequently are being left in the shadows,” he said, and to “ensure that there’s a level playing field in which our LGBT brothers and sisters are judged by the content of their character.”

Allison Herwitt, legislative director for Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights group, called Perez’s words “fantastic.”

What’s so different between this administration and the last is that we have people who want to have these protections in place and to enforce these protections, and you have the top of the Civil Rights Division willing to openly talk about these protections,” said Herwitt.

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MoveOn Brings Back “Red-Handed” Campaign Against Anti-Reform Republicans


MoveOn.org—MoveOn.org Political Action is bringing back the highly successful “Red Handed” ad campaign today, launching new ads to show that Republicans who have voted against health care reform are more concerned about the profits of special interests than the interests of their constituents. The ads target vulnerable Republicans Patrick Tiberi (R-OH) and Dave Reichert (R-WA), who both voted against H.R. 3200, the House health care reform bill, when it was put to a vote in the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Glenn Beck has lost over 50% of his ad dollars

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Glenn Beck: I'm A Crybaby

Where are my advertisers going?

From Color Of Change
Our campaign to hold Glenn Beck accountable
for his race-baiting and fear-mongering has been a great success, with 62 advertisers making it clear that they don’t want their brands linked to Beck’s vile rhetoric. Up until now, however, there’s been a question of what the real consequences are for Beck and for Fox, especially as Beck’s ratings have soared. It’s starting to become clear.

Today, we’re announcing that Glenn Beck’s show has lost over 50% of its advertising dollars since just before our campaign started.

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