SOURCE: Mission: Readiness

Mission: Readiness

September 16, 2014 10:02 ET

Media Advisory for Wednesday, September 17: Retired Military Leaders Tell Congress "Retreat Is Not an Option" for School Nutrition

Obesity Among Active Duty Forces Up 61 Percent in Less Than 10 Years

WASHINGTON DC--(Marketwired - September 16, 2014) -

WHAT: Armed with a new report documenting the staggering impact of obesity on America's military, more than 450 retired admirals and generals are urging Congress not to weaken updated nutrition standards for foods and beverages served and sold in schools. The standards -- put in place following the enactment of the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 -- have been implemented successfully by more than 90 percent of school districts nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Mission: Readiness representatives from GEORGIA, KENTUCKY and ARKANSAS will be in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 17 to release a report, "RETREAT IS NOT AN OPTION," that includes new state-by-state data from the Department of Defense showing the number of young adults who are likely to be ineligible to join the military, as well as DOD data on obesity's impact on active duty forces.

The admirals and generals view the school nutrition program as a leading force in the fight against obesity because many children consume up to 50 percent of their daily calories at school, and because obesity is the leading medical reason why more than 70 percent of young adults cannot qualify for military service. 

WHO: REAR ADMIRAL CASEY W. COANE, U.S. NAVY (RETIRED)

MAJOR GENERAL D. ALLEN YOUNGMAN, U.S. ARMY (RETIRED)

MAJOR GENERAL DON C. MORROW, U.S. ARMY (RETIRED)

WHEN: Admiral Coane, General Youngman and General Morrow are available for interviews by phone or in person at the following locations (Contact Chris Beakey at 302-448-0253 for details):

8 - 9:30 a.m. U.S. Capitol

10 - 11 a.m. Washington, D.C. recruiting center

12 noon - 1:30 p.m. CentroNía Public Charter School, 1420 Columbia Rd., NW

"Taxpayers foot the bill for both school nutrition and the military, so it makes no sense to subsidize meals filled with salt, sugar and fat while children are growing up and then pay so much more to treat the resulting health problems for those who serve our nation. How can we expect young people to serve and protect their country -- in whatever profession they choose -- if we don't first serve and protect them at school?" -- Rear Admiral Casey W. Coane, U.S. Navy (Retired).

"Congress showed bipartisan leadership when it voted overwhelmingly to improve school nutrition in 2010. Nearly four years later, we know that this great success story is transforming our nation's schools. That's why we have a simple message for Congress: when we are this close to victory, retreat is not an option." -- Major General Don C. Morrow, U.S. Army (Retired).

Mission: Readiness is the nonpartisan national security organization of more than 450 retired generals and admirals calling for smart investments in America's children.

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