Thursday, November 18, 2010

Monday: First Lady Michelle Obama Brings Let's Move! To Miami, Will Announce New Project

Chefs Move to Schools in the spotlight...
First Lady Michelle Obama
will be in New York and New Jersey today, for two Let's Move! events. All the details about her visits to Harlem and Newark are here. On Monday, Nov. 22, Mrs. Obama will again be on the road with her campaign, taking it to Miami, Florida. The East Wing is promising a big announcement of a new food industry commitment for the ambitious effort to end childhood obesity within a generation.

Mrs. Obama's afternoon visit to Riverside Elementary School will highlight the Chefs Move to Schools project, which pairs local professional chefs with schools, in an effort to improve the overall nutrition scenario. The focus will be on fresh fruits and vegetables, through school gardens and salad bars. Miami-area chefs who have joined the Chefs Move project will join Mrs. Obama and the school kids for a cooking demo. As for the new commitment:

"Mrs. Obama will joined by leaders from the fruit and vegetable industry, and school and public health officials who will announce a major commitment to support the use of salad bars in schools across the country," the East Wing guidance notes.

Mrs. Obama launched Chefs Move to Schools last June. According to Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass, at last count, there were over 2,000 chefs nationwide enrolled to work with schools, and about 1,200 schools signed on. (Above: Hundreds of chefs from across the US joined Mrs. Obama as she launched Chefs Move)

Kass and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses have adopted DC's Tubman Elementary School as their own school for Chefs Move. They've visited the school for cooking demonstrations and other events, and are working with parents, teachers, and school officials to improve cafeteria offerings.

"If anyone understands food and nutrition, it's the folks sitting here in their whites today," Mrs. Obama told the chefs gathered on the South Lawn for the launch. "Well, you’re all here for the same reason -- because you appreciate the power that food can have in our lives."

*Photos by EGK/