"Foster behavioral changes ..."
The Obama Administration's Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now utilizing its resources and taxpayer dollars to, among other things, extolling the virtues of governmentally sanctioned bedtime stories to any granny or grampie who would listen, as reported by Elizabeth Harrington of the right-of-center Washington Free Beacon on March 31, 2014.
Other than listing certain bedtime stories they deem appropriate for grandparents to read to the little ones as they turn in for the night, the USDA is also urging grandparents to reward the wee ones with "hugs" vice the usual list of suspect treats grandparents live for, such as homemade chocolate chip cookies and the like.
As cited by Harrington, the USDA's official blog site posted "Grandparents Help Kids Develop Good Eating Habits" in which the Agriculture Department is now in the business of instructing grandparents how to be grandparents:
Take time to share and listen to your grandchild—the time you spend together offers wonderful opportunities to understand one another.
Highly recommended is the undoubted page turner "The Two Bite Club,” available on-line in both English and Spanish, is "a USDA 'educational storybook' about a family of cats that uses government charts to determine its food intake. The story encourages children to try two bites of foods in the USDA’s 'My Plate' food diagram. After trying broccoli, yellow apples, low-fat yogurt, and 'hard-cooked' eggs, the children in the story get certificates of participation."
With a 2013 budget of $8.7 million, Executive Director Rajen Anand of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) made a point of advocating for his bureaucracy's existence when he stating on their government website that the millions of dollars would ensure they would remain on:
[The] cutting-edge web-based systems designed to empower consumers.
Not done yet, Anand continued with the pledge that the CNPP would:
Foster behavioral changes toward positive dietary practices and active lifestyle.