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Ohio pediatrician fights the weakening of national school nutrition standards
House Republicans are pushing for waivers to 2010 law
Story by TERRELL JOHNSON


 
Dr. Robert Murray says the standards are starting to work control the nation's obesity epidemic.
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The head of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is one of the chief advocates for the school nutrition standards that the House Republicans are trying to weaken.

Dr. Robert Murray said the program is the most potent weapon against problems such as obesity, food insecurity and nutritional quality.

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"We want to emphasize that these goals that were established are good," says Murray. "They’re scientifically based, they’re well-crafted; the process was open and transparent and this is the way we should focus our attention going forward." 

The Healthy Hunger Kids Act was passed in late 2010 with bipartisan support, but critics such as Congressman Robert Aderholt from Alabama see the standards as too expensive and think schools should be allowed to apply for waivers. 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA is providing enough resources to schools across the U.S. to upgrade their equipment to produce more nutritious and healthy foods. 

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