UPDATED WITH AUDIO - Media Advisory: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Retired Military Leaders and a School Food Service Director Hosted Media Call on Recent Attempts to Undermine Child Nutrition Standards and the Impact on Military Readiness

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Retired Military Leaders and a School Food Service Director Hosted Media Call on Recent Attempts to Undermine Child Nutrition Standards and the Impact on Military Readiness

 

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, William S. Wallace, General, U.S. Army (Retired), James A. "Jamie" Barnett, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired) and School Food Service Director Donna Martin of Burke County, Ga. hosted a media call to discuss efforts by some Members of Congress and special interest groups to undermine childhood nutrition standards and the effect that would have on military readiness. The retired generals and admirals of Mission: Readiness have strongly voiced their opposition to efforts by Members of Congress and special interests to weaken nutrition standards.

 

According to Mission: Readiness, more than one in five young Americans is too overweight to enlist in the armed services. Being overweight or obese is the number one medical reason why young adults cannot enlist and represents a major threat to national security. An estimated 75 percent of all young Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are unable to join the military for various reasons including being physically unfit.

 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

1:45 p.m. EDT

 

WHAT:          Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, William S. Wallace, General, U.S. Army (Retired), James A. "Jamie" Barnett, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired) and School Food Service Director Donna Martin of Burke County, Ga. hosted a media call to discuss efforts by some Members of Congress and special interest groups to undermine childhood nutrition standards and the effect that would have on military readiness.

 

DIAL-IN:       800-619-0329

 

PASSCODE:  NUTRITION (Given Verbally)

 

All callers using the above passcode will be placed in listen only mode.  To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.  

                                    

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