Ron DeSantis says he’ll keep the government out of school lunches
- Ron DeSantis vowed to keep the government out of school lunches
- She was asked at the South Carolina town hall about Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move program and her nutritional requirements
- DeSantis, who has recently lost weight, also criticized carbohydrates.
Ron DeSantis vowed to keep the government out of school lunches when asked by a student about Michelle Obama’s nutrition boost as part of her Let’s Move program.
The governor of Florida was holding a campaign event in South Carolina when a ninth grader asked about school lunches. He pointed out that the former first lady had pushed for health and nutrition, but her school served canned oranges and frozen pizza.
“I’m just wondering, is there anything that can be done about it to ensure that we have healthier lunches? And that students can have more options?’ she asked.
Ron DeSantis vowed to keep the government out of school lunches
DeSantis applauded her question, saying she supported healthy choices without pushing for a federal mandate.
“However, what I don’t want to do is have the federal government come in and try to force decisions on you. I think you give people the information, you let them know what’s in store,” he said.
Michelle Obama, as first lady, started Let’s Move to combat childhood obesity. In addition to getting the kids exercise, she got rid of the classic ‘food pyramid’ and replaced it with a ‘food plate’ to represent the different food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains and protein.
DeSantis, who has lost notable weight in recent months, criticized recommended carbohydrate servings and said health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration should be “cleaned”. .’
“They used to do the food pyramid,” he noted. ‘They said don’t eat fat, eat all carbs, no, carbs will make you fat too. And so they were wrong about that. So I think we have to be honest, and all these agencies, CDC, NIH, FDA, need to be cleaned up.’
DeSantis was in South Carolina to formally file his paperwork for the Republican presidential ticket.
He was the first Republican contender to do so.
South Carolina is scheduled to hold its Republican presidential primary on February 24. He has two home state contenders also running for the Republican nomination: former Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott.
Michelle Obama as first lady (above) launched the Let’s Move program to end childhood obesity
DeSantis’ event on Monday also had some controversy.
His town hall was heckled by gay rights protesters, who held rainbow flags and yelled at the Florida governor.
He responded by telling them to ‘leave our children alone’.
A cornerstone of DeSantis’ 2024 platform is preventing the ‘indoctrination’ of children and fighting the ‘awakening’ in school systems. LGBTQ activists claim that his agenda is anti-gay and a threat to the safety of their community.
At least three people removed their overshirts on top of DeSantis’ comments in Tega Cay, South Carolina on Monday to reveal white T-shirts with rainbow flags. They then unfurled multiple gay pride flags and held them up behind the Florida governor.