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Still Too Fat to Fight Report

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Contact: David Carrier

Phone: 202-464-5362,

**Media Advisory for September 25, 2012**

Junk Food Sold at School Called A National Security Threat

New Report Shows Shocking Amount of Junk Food Sold in U.S. Schools, Retired Military Leaders Call for Stronger Federal Nutrition Standards

WHAT: Press Conference Focusing on Impact of Childhood Obesity on National Security

WHERE: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor,

Washington, DC

WHEN: September 25, 2012, 12:00 PM

WHO: Richard B. Myers, General, US Air Force (Retired), Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

James M. Loy, Admiral, US Coast Guard (Retired), Former Commandant of US Coast Guard & Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

Amy Dawson Taggart, National Director, Mission: Readiness

Other Participants TBA

Background: Calling childhood obesity a threat to national security, retired generals and admirals who are members of the national security organization Mission: Readiness will issue a new report showing that a shocking amount of junk food is sold in U.S. schools each year and the availability of so much junk food undermines efforts by parents and schools to teach children to eat healthier meals and snacks.

Noting that many children get as much as half their daily calories at school, the report focuses on the need to remove junk foods from schools and urges the federal government to update decades-old standards for foods sold in school vending machines, à la carte lines and snack bars.

The new report, Still Too Fat to Fight, reinforces recent recommendations by the Institute of Medicine, which call for making the school environment a focal point for addressing our nation's obesity crisis.

Mission: Readiness leaders also will discuss alarming trends that affect our national security, including that 75 percent of 17- to 24-year olds in the U.S. cannot serve in the military. Being overweight is the number one medical reason why they cannot enlist—1 in 4 young adults is too overweight to join the military.

Media Contact: David Carrier, 202-464-5362


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