Protecting children’s health should be a top priority

Michelle Obama is continuing to advocate for positive change regarding children’s health and the problem of childhood obesity.  At a Partnership for a Healthier America summit held this month in Washington, she asked the audience to “think about why someone is okay” with children having anything less than healthy food to eat.

— Her advocacy for children’s health and the thoughts she shared at the summit  resonate with the issue of clean air protection, as people also really do need to ask: Why should it ever be considered somehow acceptable for children to have anything less than the healthiest air to breathe? And how can any individual, government department, or organization sit idly by and do nothing to help when the health and wellness of children is being put at risk?


Michelle Obama, at the May 2017 Partnership for a Healthier America summit in Washington, spoke about how important it is for everyone “to care deeply about” the health and well-being of children.  (Image source: The Guardian | Facebook, May 2017)

Here are a few excerpts from a brief Guardian news video clip from the summit, in which the former First Lady points out how essential it is for everyone to care about the health and well-being of children. Michelle Obama’s wise words here ring true, whether the issue is the quality of food that children are eating, or the quality of the air that they are breathing:

It’s our kids, right? This isn’t political….

Moms, think about this…think about why someone is okay with your kids eating crap?

Why would you celebrate that? Why would you sit idly and be okay with that?

Because here’s the secret: it somebody is doing that, they don’t care about your kid. And we need…everyone to care deeply about our kids!

We can’t keep wondering why.  We got here because we weren’t paying attention….

We owe them so much. We owe them our best. We owe them putting aside our politics.

We owe it to them to not be cynical.

We owe it to them not to give up.

We owe it to them to be honest, to be true.”



Video shared the The Guardian | Facebook, May 2017 (www.facebook. com/theguardian/videos/10155419877681323/)