First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign Scores a Victory

First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign scored a victory which was reported by the Chicago Tribune on 9/15/11.
The chief executive of the parent company for the Red Lobster and Olive Garden chains, Darden Restaurants, announced that the company is committed to cutting sodium and calories by 20%. In addition, fruits and vegetables will now become the “default” side dishes in children’s menus.
The First Lady unveiled The Childhood Obesity Task Force Report last spring urging restaurants to improve the health of American families by reducing portion sizes and making the default sides healthy ones. So when Darden Restaurants made their announcement, the First Lady commended the move as a “breakthrough moment for the restaurant industry.”
Hopefully, other restaurants will follow suit and start focusing on improving the health of American families instead of on their bottom lines.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, after all! 🙂