Michelle Obama to respond to school meal plan critics

Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States.
File photo. First lady Michelle Obama meets with issue experts about international girls' education, Thursday, May 22, 2014, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The first lady spoke about the importance of education girls and about the kidnapped girls in Nigeria. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Michelle Obama will respond to a Republican effort to pass a bill that would allow schools to choose not to participate in the healthier school meal standards, Early & Often reports.

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards, holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the health guidelines.

The Tuesday event is an unusual move for the first lady, who has largely stayed away from policy fights since she lobbied for congressional passage of a child nutrition law in 2010.

Sam Kass, director of Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to combat childhood obesity, said a Republican bill that would allow schools to opt out of the standards is “a real assault” on administration efforts to make foods healthier for kids.

[Read the entire article on the Chicago Sun-Times' Early & Often]

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