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Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Priorities for Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act
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February 24, 2010
Contact: Justin Hamilton or Elaine Quesinberry
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a statement supporting the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act to reduce hunger and improve the health and nutrition of our nation's children.

"The priorities announced by Secretary Vilsack for the upcoming Child Nutrition bill would be a major step in the right direction for the health and well-being of our school children," Secretary Duncan said. "I strongly support Secretary Vilsack's vision for a robust bill that improves program access and helps us achieve the First Lady's goal of solving the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation."

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke at a National Press Club Luncheon on Feb. 23, to highlight the Obama Administration's priorities for the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act and to advocate for the rapid passage of a strong reauthorization bill. "The health of our nation – of our economy, our national security and our communities – depends on the health of our children. We will not succeed if any of our children aren't learning as they should because they are hungry, and cannot achieve their potential because they aren't healthy," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "This reauthorization is a critically important opportunity to improve the health of our children and reduce hunger in this country."

More information about USDA's efforts to improve child nutrition can be found at www.usda.gov. Additional information on First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign is at www.LetsMove.gov.

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