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June 10th, 2010
01:24 PM ET

Rachael Ray: Time to help kids to eat healthier

By Katherine Dorsett
CNN.com

Daytime television host and author Rachael Ray joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers Thursday to unveil new child nutrition legislation in Washington.

Among other things, the proposed $8 billion bill would improve access and funding to school meal programs, improve access to out-of-school meal programs, help schools and child care improve the quality of meals and encourage public and private partnerships to improve child nutrition and wellness.

Ray said the "Improving Nutrition for America's Children Act of 2010" will dramatically improve the quality of food children eat both in and out of school and in child care settings.

"I consider this a big opportunity to have a voice in this legislation," said Ray.

Rep. George Miller said at a media briefing Thursday that in 2008 more than 16 million children lived in homes without access to enough nutritious foods.

"America's children should not have to go hungry and they should have access to healthy foods year round, even when school children are on summer break," said Miller.

This legislation, according to Miller, will answer President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative to support efforts to improve school wellness and support public and private partnerships to improve child nutrition.


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  1. Regina Ferri

    Rachael Ray teaching healthy eating?" The "cook" that puts oil in the pan to fry bacon?

    June 11, 2010 at 20:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. M

    Relax–the multibillion dollar diet industry can be eliminated if people stick to basic facts: moderation & exercise. Simply put, that is the foundation to which nutrition/diet/being healthy all rests upon. Michael Pollan simplies this notion as well. MODERATION AND EXERCISE. Food choices don't have to be so chaotic.

    June 12, 2010 at 16:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Steph

    She's shooting herself in the foot with this. Children who have any degree of nutrition awareness will not eat her recipes, watch her shows or buy her cookbooks. A typical RR recipe has more than half a day's worth of fat, sodium and carbohydrate. While she espouts "moderation in all things" her recipes are double what would be a normal portion.

    Honestly, if Food Network is so desperate for one of their own to be an authority on the subject, why not utilize someone with some credibility, say, for example, Ellie Krieger? Unlike Ray, Krieger actually knows what she's talking about.

    June 12, 2010 at 17:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Ryan

    Everyone on this is bashing Ms. Ray and calling her a hypocrite somebody else said it right. She is learning as she goes. By the way she terminated her contract with Dunkin Donuts about 1 1/2 years ago. Get your facts straight! Also she is an average sized woman!

    June 14, 2010 at 21:01 | Report abuse | Reply
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