Sheila Burke

On the heels of a GOP measure House vote that would cut roughly $39 billion in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps — over the next decade, Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and former Bob Dole staffer Sheila Burke discuss how the discussion surrounding nutrition has changed as the political sphere has changed. (The Washington Post)
September 27, 2013

Nearly one in three American children are overweight or obese. But after decades of rising rates, we may be turning a corner on the health crisis. Experts across fields gathered at Washington Post Live’s 2013 Childhood Obesity Summit to discuss strategies resulting in healthier children.

Sheila Burke, Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School, Former chief of staff to Sen. Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.)

A lot of the efforts to bring full-service grocery stores [to underserved areas] are locally initiated. Efforts to increase exercise in schools — all of those kinds of things — fall on the relationship between the federal government and states. They have to be partners in this as well.

Disney is a good example with their program to encourage kids to exercise and have fun. There is public pressure on those industries to behave a certain way, whether it’s information that’s on television for kids or whether it’s the packaging of materials. And it’s government at the state and local levels, as well as the federal level.

I think the public has a responsibility as well.

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