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Michelle Obama delves into the details on kids' obesity at task force
meeting

By Robin Givhan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 10, 2010

Excerpt:

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan highlighted the
connection between hunger and obesity, a paradox stemming from the
lack of access to healthy food. Duncan reminded everyone about his
department's $1 billion budget. Then he talked about the importance of
taking a holistic approach to education: "If we want students to be
much more successful academically, they have to be active."

"I'm a big fan of recess," he said.

Surgeon General Regina Benjamin noted that large corporations should
provide female employees with a clean and private place to breast-feed
because, she said, research has shown that children who are breast-fed
for the first six months of their lives are less likely to become
obese.

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