[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/02/art.michelleobama.0720r.gi.jpg caption ="First lady Michelle Obama has made battling childhood obesity one of her top priorities."]Washington (CNN) - The nation's first mom wants kids to eat healthier – and she wants Congress to help put the healthy food in front of them.
In an op-ed published in the Washington Post Monday, first lady Michelle Obama asks Congress to pass legislation that will boost the nutritional value of school meals by using more fruits and vegetables and by eliminating junk food.
"The Child Nutrition Bill working its way through Congress has support from both Democrats and Republicans," Obama writes. "This groundbreaking legislation will bring fundamental change to schools and improve the food options available to our children."
"We owe it to the children who aren't reaching their potential because they're not getting the nutrition they need during the day," the first lady writes. "We owe it to the parents who are working to keep their families healthy and looking for a little support along the way. We owe it to the schools that are trying to make progress but don't have the resources they need. And we owe it to our country - because our prosperity depends on the health and vitality of the next generation."
The first lady has made battling childhood obesity one of her signature issues; the goal of her "Let's Move!" campaign is to curb the problem in one generation.
Mrs. Obama's calls for Congress to act may go unanswered in the near-term as the House of Representatives is already on a six week recess and the Senate has a light legislative agenda before leaving for its recess on Friday.