Last Friday, during a speech at the Healthier Future Summit in Washington, Michelle Obama discussed the new focus of her anti-childhood obesity effort which involves helping people cook more of their meals at home because they’re healthier.
Mrs. Obama said home-cooked meals have less fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories than meals prepared in restaurants — and save money, too.
She also said that time shouldn’t be an issue, since there plenty of meals that could be cooked in less than 20 minutes. Mrs. Obama also said once she leaves the White House, she’ll still work to improve the lives of children.
“We cannot walk away from this issue until obesity rates drop for children of every age and every background,” she said. “We cannot walk away until every child in this country has a shot at a healthy life. And that’s why I’m in this thing for the long haul, and I mean long after I leave the White House, because I believe in finishing what I start.”
“Now is not the time to take our foot off the gas and congratulate ourselves on a job well done,” Mrs. Obama said. “Just the opposite. Now is the time to fight even harder.”
Mrs. Obama said research shows that cooking meals at home is one of the best ways families can improve their health. As far as her own family, she said her mother kept a strict food budget, planned her meals for the week and went grocery shopping every Saturday.
“The question is: How do we help families start cooking again, even if it’s just one or two meals a week?” she told the audience of public health professionals, nutritionists, corporate leaders and others in the closing address at the conference organized by the Partnership for a Healthier America.
Mrs. Obama is honorary chairwoman of the nonprofit organization, which was created in conjunction with “Let’s Move,” her initiative against childhood obesity. The partnership works to support the goals of “Let’s Move” and with businesses to bring then on board and hold them accountable for the commitments they make to improve the health of Americans.