Nick Offerman may be best known for playing the irascible libertarian Ron Swanson on NBC's Parks and Recreation, but in real life, he's more amenable to government intervention — at least when it comes to school lunches. In a new parody for Funny or Die, the comedian plays a farmer whose sun-kissed pizzas and vine-ripened fish sticks are supposedly just as healthy as apples. As Offerman explains, "French fries are practically salads, which is why I like mine with ranch."
The parody is part of the American Heart Association's campaign to get Congress to renew the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which raised the standards for school lunches. Because of the law, children are now eating 16 percent more vegetables and 23 percent more fruit, the AHA says. That sounds like good news for kids and bad news for America's pizza farmers.