Michelle Obama Wants Chefs to Help Kids Eat Better

Culinary stars are taking the obesity battle to schools.

Michelle Obama Wants Chefs to Help Kids Eat Better

Culinary stars are taking the obesity battle to schools.

-Jane Farrell

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First Lady Michelle Obama ramped up her anti-obesity program for kids by calling on chefs to go to schools and help them make better meals for students.

At the White House, Mrs. Obama told 500 assembled chefs, including Rachael Ray and Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, “You know more about food than almost anyone — other than the grandmas — and you’ve got the visibility and the enthusiasm to match that knowledge.”

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As part of the Chefs Move to Schools program, expert foodies will work with a local school, helping it to both cook better meals and to teach students good eating habits.

Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move program, aimed at battling obesity and bad eating habits among children, emphasizes both exercise and good eating. As a gesture of her commitment to the cause, she’s started an organic vegetable garden at the White House, and she’s invited local children to help out there.

In her speech, the First Lady also asked Congress to pass pending legislation that would set higher standards of food in schools, including vending-machine snacks. (USA Today)

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