Vilsack Highlights Nutritional Efforts

In a recent press release, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack praised the US Department of Agriculture’s efforts to improve childhood nutrition and combat childhood obesity.
For the last several years, key members of the Obama administration have been pushing to improve childhood nutrition as part of a larger effort to fight childhood obesity and tackle one of the major health crises facing the United States.
Everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack have noted the importance of improving access to nutritious fruits and vegetables (the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food campaign, for example, sought to increase access to local produce).
In a recent speech in South Dakota, Vilsack stressed the importance of the USDAs efforts. “We must help families provide our children with healthy foods that are full of the nutrients they need,” said Vilsack. “Research shows that healthy foods aren’t always more expensive than less healthy options. Expanding access to affordable, healthy options and providing more information for parents will help create a generational shift to reverse the obesity crisis and protect the health of our youngest Americans.”
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer