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January 22, 2010

The first lady isn't done on healthy food

The White House garden wasn't enough for the first lady. On Wednesday, Michelle Obama gave a great speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors on health and childhood obesity. She pointed out that truly innovative work is already being done to make healthier food more accessible to children in cities and towns around the country. As an example, she cited the mini farmers market project IATP helped set up with the City of Minneapolis to bring healthier foods to communities that lack easy access to fruits and vegetables.

Next month, she will help launch a major initiative on childhood obesity, putting federal resources to work for local partners around the country. She told the country's mayors that it will include: "increasing the number of `healthy schools' where kids have access to nutritious food; providing more opportunities for kids to be physically active; ensuring that affordable healthy food is available in more communities; and giving parents the information they need to make good choices for themselves and their families."

Looks like the seeds planted in the White House garden are growing.

Ben Lilliston


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