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Lisa Leslie on federal nutrition mandates: Government is ‘secondary’ to parental responsibility [VIDEO]

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      Nicholas Ballasy

      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

Addressing the criticism of federal childhood nutrition rules, former WNBA star Lisa Leslie told The Daily Caller that the federal government’s role in childhood nutrition should be “secondary” to parental responsibility.

Leslie told TheDC, however, that she supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, which is designed to reduce childhood obesity.

“I’m 100 percent behind it. As an athlete and a student athlete we need to really encourage our young kids to not just to get their education, but to keep moving, and it’s a shame that a lot of our governments — we’ve really removed a lot of the PE and different activities from schools, where we need our kids to be healthy and eat healthy,” she said at the taping of the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre, which airs on February 11.

Some students have protested some of the rules in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which requires schools to serve lunches under 850 calories. (RELATED: Nation’s hungry children revolt against Michelle Obama-backed regulations)

In response to those who oppose the federal government’s involvement in nutrition standards, Leslie said, “I’m in 100 percent agreeance [sic] that we as parents and people have to take control of whatever it is that we want for our children to do.”

“It starts at home, and then the government is there secondary as support,” she said.

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