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Kevin Cramer

ND generals ask Congress to promote act that fights obesity

Senior military leaders from North Dakota said Thursday that federal nutrition standards for schools should not be watered down or eliminated because they are helping to curb an obesity epidemic that is hurting the recruitment of new soldiers. Retired Gens. Michael Haugen, Keith Bjerke, Jerald Engelman and Robert Schulte said during a news conference at the Fargo Air Museum that the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act may not be perfect, but it should be reauthorized without attempts to weaken or roll back guidelines. "Unfortunatley, there are a few misguided efforts that are trying to eliminate these good standards," Bjerke said. "We think that's not correct." The...