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First Lady Draws Attention to Nutrition Education Issues

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July 2, 2014

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First Lady Draws Attention to Nutrition Education Issues

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a new initiative spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama, which is intended to boost health among young people by teaching them how to prepare nutritious home-cooked meals.

"If you don't know what sautéing is or baking or broiling, you've never opened up the oven, then you are going to be intimidated and you're going to give up," Mrs. Obama said.

The initiative is in its initial exploratory phases, and officials from the First Lady's office and the Department of Education are discussing a variety of avenues to educate students about how to prepare nutritious, healthful meals at home as an alternative to junk food or meals out. The article states that many home economics courses taught these and other skills in the past, but have since fallen by the wayside. An important point of distinction with the article, however, is that many of these skills are still taught within existing frameworks in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) classrooms nationwide. FCS educators integrate academics and technical skill-building by teaching students a wide range of skills, from the chemistry of food and nutrition to safe and effective preparation through basic culinary arts.

It is crucial that we build public support and awareness for FCS and all CTE programs. By educating young people about nutrition through CTE programs, we can ensure that they graduate ready for success as professionals and citizens equipped with a robust academic background and the practical skills they can use in college, careers and everyday life. ACTE looks forward to working with the First Lady to educate the public and raise awareness about the benefits offered by FCS education.

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