Mrs Obama urges faith based groups to join healthy eating campaign
February 11th, 2012
05:13 PM ET

Mrs Obama urges faith based groups to join healthy eating campaign

By Alexander Mooney, CNN

(CNN)–First Lady Michelle Obama made a stop at the Northland Church in Florida Saturday, bringing her healthy-eating campaign to a crowd that included religious organizations affiliated with a broad swath of faiths and congregations.

In her remarks at the Central Florida evangelical mega-church where Joel Hunter serves as pastor, the first lady made the case that religious organizations can be natural partners in her efforts to combat childhood obesity.

“Our faith communities don’t tend only to folks’ spiritual health but to their emotional and their physical health as well,” she said. “Think for a moment about the scripture that tells us that your bodies are temples given to you by God. That is a core teaching of so many of our faiths — a teaching that calls us to honor and nourish the bodies we’ve been blessed with, and to help others do the same.”

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Prayer changes lives

    February 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Eating fat and cholesterol-laden foods will cause a coronary heart attack, whether you recite poems to an imaginary being or not.

      February 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  2. Nii Croffie

    Tom Tom if you want proof that spiritual people are moral irrespective of religious affiliation Read Mark Driscoll's blog. Check out the last thread posted by Dude. As to whether a God has a hand in it 1) I have experienced Him 2) I'm a better man for following His teaching 3) Other people have 2o

    February 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, so now it's "spiritual people", not people who believe in a god? Nice flip-flop. You'd make a great pancake.

      February 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      Nii: Just because you believe it to be, does not make it so!!! You can not prove your god exists and until you can we will not agree with you.

      February 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • GodPot

      " I have experienced Him" – I'm just curious how you knew it was a him. Did he press up against you and you felt his bulge when you "experienced Him"? I have experienced a thousand different moments that I could have interpreted to be a "God" experience, life is full of them since it has nothing to do with God and everything to do with chemical, biological and emotional responses to stimulus. You and everyone who thinks they are better people for listening to that voice in your head that said "Hey, maybe you shouldn't be such a selfish sack and be good to others" have experienced an evolved emotional response that enables us to feel or empathize with others which is the root of the golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do to you. I'm happy that you have touched into your empathy, but that is no reason to give it a name and a penis and start praying to it.

      February 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • JohnR

      What exactly did you experience when you "experienced him"? And how could you tell "he" was male? And what does it mean for a non-biological ent-ity to be male?

      February 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Prayer for the country

      God keep our land
      Prayer borrowed from Canadian National Anthem

      February 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Tom Tom I have been talking about Christian spirituality and the Obamas being an eg of that. Were u not following the thread when u joined? Or typically you just wrote using a few of the words I wrote? You talked about morality and I told u it was not religious. Did that also not ring a bell?

      February 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Tom I was talking about the Obamas being an example of Christiam spirituality. Why weren't u reading the thread? When you talked of morality I said it was not religious Didn't that also ring a bell? I have been developing the theme of spirituality. Did u not notice. Don't badmouth me.

      February 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Sorry but not Ghanin but Ghanaian. I'm watching the African Cup Final.

      February 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Not Ghanin but Gha nai an, I was watching the Af ric an Cup Fin al

      February 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, you claimed that God is the source of morality. There is no basis for that statement. There is no proof that there IS a god or that belief in one makes people more "moral".

      February 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  3. NDAA

    This specific law will make everyone in the United States a terrorist. The characteristics are,but are not limited to... Keeping more than 1 week's worth of food in your household,owning any type of gun or ammunition,paying in cash,physical disablements and disabilities,disagreement with government policies,opposition of 1 world government,opposition of the UN and agenda 21,opposition of the Federal reserve,living off the grid,being a prepper for disaster situations,growing your own food supply,etc...

    February 12, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  4. TruthPrevails

    To All My Wonderful Atheist Friends: Happy Darwin Day! 🙂

    February 12, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Prayer for the country

      God keep our land prayerfully borrowed from Canadian national anthem in memory of dead Darwin,
      Darwin was a Christian and was troubled on his deathbed by the controversy he had started . Apparently some had been misinterpreting his theories to challenge the very existence of God. This was the farthest thing from his mind when he wrote his theory. To this day it remains unproven theory.

      February 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  5. Atheist #1


    February 12, 2012 at 9:43 am |
  6. Simpler Times for Simpler Minds

    As everyone knows, Prayer is power, so I ask you, if praying can heal the sick and perform miracles then why can't praying make corn syrup and gravy have fewer calories? That's right! It's the new Christian Praywatchers!! The bible belt has just praying for the wrong thing! No more praying for self control, just pray the fat injected, sugar coated, syrup filled fast food yall love so much doesn't do any damage!! And while your at it you might as well pray those smoke stained teeth away as well instead of giving up the cig's! Anyone for nicotine toothpaste? Your kid's will be addicted to brushing!! No more dragging yourself before the mirror! You'll be running in there to brush every hour and a half! Brought to you by "Simpler Times for Simpler Minds"...

    February 12, 2012 at 6:38 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Truly a simple mind.

      February 12, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Simpler Times for Simpler Minds

      Yes, Christians love keeping it simple...their minds at least...

      February 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Hahahaa.. Now how simple can u be not to understand that you are the joke here? Did you want me to write 'sarcasm' underneath my post. lol

      February 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      You sound like a slaveship sailor talking about blacks.

      February 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  7. judithsherry

    I just now received my free product sample from name brand companies, quite a few of them from "Get Official Samples" online

    February 12, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • AGuest9

      Wow! This doesn't belong here.

      February 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  8. momoya

    Mrs. Obama is so inspiring. I think she handled the "god's temple/ so many of our faiths" thing very well. As an atheist, I think that she is using the church and its audience appropriately.

    February 11, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      The Obamas are Christians. They are not serving a political interest here but the plain old belief that a privileged man must serve. This is what I admire about them though sometimes it gets too much to one side politically.

      February 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Accommodating other political, doctrinal, and ideological positions as well as other religions are an integral part of Christian spirituality. Obama has said he believes in loving your neighbor as yourself and these actions are the fruit of a spirituaally enlightened soul.

      February 11, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • Central Park West

      Love the dedication and urgency that Michelle Obama brings to child health, wellness and access to safe food. I applaud these efforts and would think that this is something that all people of faith will embrace with great enthusiasm.

      February 12, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • Kebos

      To see all people without any creed or religion and to treat every male and female on an equal footing is the basis for those who are secular. All religions have had their time and have shown that towards mankind their intentions are for power, control and wealth. And discrimination towards women and all that do not believe what they believe.

      February 12, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • Reality

      Romney believes that the horn-blowing angel Moroni appeared to the con artist Joe Smith. Not good for someone who wants to be president of any group !!!

      Obama (and his wife) "mouths" that he (and his wife) is Christian i.e. believes in gay Gabriel and war-mongering Michael the Archangel and Satan. BO's support of abortion however vitiates has Christianity as he is the leader of the Immoral Majority who are now the largest voting block in the country. Immoral Majority you ask??

      The 78 million voting "mothers and fathers" of aborted womb babies !!! (2012 -1973 Rowe vs. Wade = 39 years.

      39 years x 2 million/yr = 78 million. Abortion rate in the USA as per the CDC is one million/yr.

      And the presidential popular vote in 2008? 69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM. The population of the Immoral Majority in 2008? ~ 70 million !!!!!!

      February 12, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      If The Obamas do not prove to you that religious Christians can be accommodating what about the framers of the Am er ic an Co ns ti tu tion. Not least the UCC. It is just of morality. God defines morality for us. We are to obey. If u can't u ask His forgiveness

      February 12, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nii, god does not give anyone "morals". There is no evidence that Christians or any other 'believers' are more 'moral' than those who are atheists or agnostic.

      February 12, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      God does give us our moral conscience and the power to obey it. However as to some religious people being more moral than some, it is not biblical. People of all religions can access this power of God which is called faith. This is not a religious affair.

      February 12, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Baloney. You cannot show moral behavior comes from a supreme being.

      February 12, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Christians like Obama only appeal that Christians obey S Paul in judging those within and leaving those outside to their own devices. As to liberal Christians and loose-living Christians it is a matter of the Church helping them strengthen their faith.

      February 12, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Translation: Nii has no proof.

      February 12, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • Halo of Flies

      Tom Tom
      "god" is a proper noun and should be capitalizied "God"

      (just busting your chops, you know I luv ya. Hey I am deep into the third tattoo book! CS)

      February 12, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Thanks, but I'm not talking about a specific god, therefore I need not capitalize it.

      February 12, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      That was not my response to u Tom Tom not all my posts get thro or get posted in the right place. I was in church so I cud not respond till now!

      February 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      You want evidence that moral behaviour has a god behind it? How wud u test the evidence I give u? Well if scientists know anything at all, belief in the supernatural enhances the emotional health of humans. Does this mean it is God? Science cannot judge.

      February 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      If u want evidence of emotional maturity being good for humans and believers being helped in that direction. Just read the posts here without prejudice if you can.

      February 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Killing all those non-believers during The Crusades was moral, too. Right?

      February 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Halo of Flies

      At TT
      Well that is true, I was just having a litlle fun with you. Whatever.

      February 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No harm, no foul.

      February 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  9. Nii Croffie

    Wisdom or emotional maturity comes from loving your fellow human beings as yourself whether you agree with them or not. The benefits are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, faithfulness, among others.

    February 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
  10. hippypoet

    Yup, its time to eat right instead of being gluttonous ,lustful, and slothful ...oh god forbid right! lol
    Everytime you chose to do something "better" over something else you are being judgmental as well no matter how honest the intent! Knowledge of the meaning of words i think is better then being a moron...knowledge of youself being a moron wouldn't be a bad thing either. Perhaps you religious folks should carry dictionary...or how else would you know your a moron!

    February 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Love your neighbor as yourself.

      February 11, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      Ah but Hippy they wouldn't know what a dictionary was if it was in their face. They seem to think they can decipher words any way they wish to because they are the divinely chosen few who have had 'god' speak directly to them. They are the downfall of society moving forward...they'd rather pray for a child then feed it.

      February 12, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Webster


      1: usually offensive : a person affected with mild mental retardation

      2: a very stupid person

      February 12, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Webster

      : a word or phrase that has negative connotations or that is intended to disparage or belittle : a pejorative word or phrase

      Generally the last arrow in your quiver.

      February 12, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      The argument which is offered by Mr Obama and Christians on the left is that the Church judge those within only as S. Paul says and leave those outside to their own judgement. This is not something imposed by secular authority but an age-old principle.

      February 12, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      The ar gum ent which is offered by Mr Obama and Christians on the left is that the Church judge those within only as S. Paul says and leave those outside to their own jud gem ent. This is not som eth ing imposed by se cul ar aut hori ty but an age-old prin ciple.

      February 12, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sounds like a personal problem, Nii. What's your excuse now?

      February 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  11. AGuest9

    Especially after seeing the size of that minister that dropped during his sermon.

    February 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  12. We will miss you!!!


    February 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Maybe her dealer will. I know I won't.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  13. A Candid Look

    To end child hood obesity is the goal.... The solution should be obvious... end child hood. Birht control will be free going forward ... so why not have the government mandate its use? OR better yet lets be a little more aggressive ... lets do the male birth control,,, you know clip em.... then there will be no mistakes or accidents....

    what ???? over the top ????

    February 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  14. md2205

    To understand how eating fits into the Jewish view of the world, see:

    I would include the article here but it is longer than cnn allows posts to be.

    February 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • Halo of Flies

      Thank God.

      February 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  15. Halo of Flies

    Sports Fan is bitter about the Lakers loss to the Knicks. Please pray for the Lakers wierd praying people. Thannk you.

    February 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  16. Halo of Flies

    Rice in a dirty bowl

    Flies. No longer noticed

    Water, dirty

    My stomach distended. My life, not like yours

    My life. I am not important

    Fat Tommy. Fat Lisa. Eat your candy bar

    Drink your sugar, eat your poison. Waddle to the playground and watch

    Play a game. Not the same when your ass is on the couch

    Mom, bring me a Coke. I am almost out

    February 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • Philippians 1

      3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

      February 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      I know who I have believed and am convinced that God is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.

      February 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Halo of Flies


      February 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Lies. All lies.

      February 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      February 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • AGuest9

      More lies. Don't you get tired of lying?

      February 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Did it change the health of that minister that dropped dead?

      February 11, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • just sayin

      Did not know the minister personally but assuming him to be a true follower of Jesus he will be in glory now. Did a life of prayer help, yes.

      February 12, 2012 at 7:44 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hi, there, crack monkey! I knew you'd answer.

      And here's the proof!

      Now where is your proof that said minister is "in glory now" and that "prayer did help"?

      February 12, 2012 at 10:36 am |
  18. Reality

    There are different opinions as to what a religion really is or what a non-profit is. To be fair therefore, there should be no tax-exemptions for any group and that includes the Democratic and Republican Parties. Faith and community initiative grant monies should also be cancelled and there should also be no tax deductions for contributions made to charities and non-profits.

    February 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Norman

      Simplify the tax code while you're at it. There should also be no distinctions between types of revenue – no special rates for capital gains or investment income of any kind. No exemptions or write-offs.

      February 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • AGuest9

      The tax code will never be re-written. Too many lawyers and accountants depend on it.

      February 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  19. Language Lessons

    Language is rich, but when you want to learn, to go.

    February 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  20. David Johnson

    Hmm... temple of god you say? I've always been a little sad that my temple needs glasses.

    Lots of Evangelicals in Mississippi. Lots of fat temples there. obese to super obese.

    I applaud Mrs. Obama for her efforts, but the gluttonous believers will not listen.


    February 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Dave don't be sad about things of this earth. Obese people do not need your condemnation either but your health and sympathy whether they are atheists or believers. God's temple being your body just means He can accomplish good acts of charitable love through you even though you are not perfect.

      February 12, 2012 at 7:18 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Secularism does not mean enlightened rule. This is the reason why countries like Syria and Turkey are secular but are called dictatorship. The cracy in democracy always refers to discrimination. It is best to moderate cultural influences like religion rather than exclude them.

      February 12, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Secularism does not mean enlightened rule. This is the reason why countries like S yr ia and Tur key are secular but are/were called dictatorship. The cracy in democracy always refers to discrim ination. It is best to moderate cultural influences like religion rather than exclude them.

      February 12, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      REALITY- Someway somehow freedom of speech also includes freedom of verbal abuse of religious opponents. However Christian spirituality affords u that too.

      February 12, 2012 at 9:36 am |
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