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Following the end of World War II, President Truman worried about the impact of poor nutrition on the health of military recruits and draftees. In response, he and others launched the National School Lunch Program during the late 1940s and 1950s. More than two generations later, nutrition and health have again emerged as important threats to our nation’s military readiness.

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Read the full report: Lots to Lose: How America’s Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future

Read the blog post: Department of Defense: An Ally in the War Against Obesity