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

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


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

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