Obesity action plan unveiled by Michelle Obama

Obesity action plan unveiled by Michelle ObamaAn action plan was released on Tuesday by Michelle Obama and White House Cabinet officials in Washington to address U. S. childhood obesity in one generation.

It has been reported that the first lady joined Melody Barnes, director of the Domestic Policy Council, and members of the Childhood Obesity Task Force to unveil the action, plan which provides 70 specific recommendations to reduce childhood obesity to 5 percent by 2030, the rate before childhood obesity first began to increase in the late 1970s.

Some of the recommendations involve: having mothers get good prenatal care; support for breastfeeding; limiting "screen time" and provide quality child-care settings with nutritious food and opportunities to be physically active, more actionable messages about nutritional choices based on the latest dietary guidelines for Americans; improved food labels on food and menus, reduced marketing of unhealthy products to children, and improved healthcare services and providing healthy food in schools, upgrading the nutritional quality of other foods sold in schools and improving nutrition education.

The first lady further said, "For the first time, the nation will have goals, benchmarks and measurable outcomes that will help us tackle the childhood obesity epidemic one child, one family and one community at a time." (With Inputs from Agencies)