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By    |   Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 02:11 PM

Michelle Obama's healthy food initiative may have hit a bump in the road with the rejection of the $11 billion National School Lunch Program by numerous school districts across the country.

The program, which took effect in the fall of 2012, gives school districts access to lower-priced food and reimburses them for meals served.

However, the National School Lunch Program has strings attached, courtesy of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that provides healthy menu requirements for the school districts that take part in the program.

The new nutrition standards are part of the first lady's "Let's Move!" initiative to combat childhood obesity.

"In the end, as First Lady, this isn’t just a policy issue for me. This is a passion," Michelle Obama wrote on her Let's Move website regarding childhood obesity. "This is my mission. I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition."

Through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, schools have been required to provide meals with more whole grains, fruits and vegetables in place of higher caloric foods that many school kids had apparently become accustomed to.

The result, many kids are apparently not eating the healthy food provided in school cafeterias, leading to school district's losing money and consequently dropping out of the federally funded program.

"Some of the stuff we had to offer, they wouldn't eat," Catlin, Ill., Superintendent Gary Lewis told the Associated Press, noting that her district saw a 10 to 12 percent drop in lunch sales since the program was implemented last fall.

Due to the drop in lunch sales, the district has reportedly lost $30,000 under the program last year.
 
Additionally, upstate New York districts have also cut ties with the federal program.

Examples include the Schenectady-area Burnt Hills Ballston Lake system, which lost $100,000 between five lunchrooms last year, the AP notes.

Teresa Thayer Snyder, superintendent of the Voorheesville Central School District near Albany, N.Y., told the AP that her district lost $30,000 in the first three months after the program was implemented.

Snyder told the AP that she routinely observed students leaving apples and pears untouched on the trays while complaining the portions were too small.

Perhaps the most harsh rebuke, however, came from a school board member in Kentucky's Harlan County School District, when school board member Myra Mosley said the new milk offered through the program tasted like "vomit," according to students she spoke with, the Harlan Daily reported.

Nationally, about 31 million students participated in the guidelines that took effect last fall under the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Earlier this month, the first lady appeared to have taken credit for a dip in the nation's childhood obesity rates through her "Let's Move" initiative.

"We know how essential it is to set our youngest children on a path towards a lifetime of healthy eating and physical activity," Michelle said in a statement. "Today's announcement reaffirms my belief that together, we are making a real difference in helping kids across the country get a healthier start to life."

Childhood obesity rates among low income preschoolers, while dropping slightly between 2008 and 2011 in 19 states, actually started to show improvement from 2003-2008 after decades of rising — and years before the Obama administration, according to the CDC report.

The rates in another 20 states and Puerto Rico held steady from 2008-2011, and increased slightly in three states.

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Michelle Obama Asks Mayors to Help Reduce Obesity

Michelle Obama Releasing Rap Album for Let's Move! Campaign

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