Let’s Move Program…White House Kitchen Garden
White House Kitchen Garden Dedication
Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered remarks on the impact and progress that has been achieved through lasting policies, programs, and public-private partnerships over the last six and a half years of Let’s Move!. Addressing an audience of over 200 stakeholders from various sectors that have championed healthier eating and physical activity, the First Lady dedicated the White House Kitchen Garden, unveiling numerous updates and announcing how the garden will be preserved into the future.
Making the garden even more accessible to kids and world leaders alike, the updates include establishing a revised layout with a new threshold, an entryway with an arbor, a wider walkway, and a gathering area with a table and benches. Underneath the new arbor rests an inscription stone, which reads: White House Kitchen Garden established in 2009 by First Lady Michelle Obama with the hope of growing a healthier nation for our children.
To preserve and care for the White House Kitchen Garden into the future, the Burpee Foundation and the W. Atlee Burpee Company generously provided support to the National Park Foundation.
First Lady Michelle Obama and student Tammy Nguyen walk through the White House Kitchen Garden prior to the garden dedication at the White House, Oct. 5, 2015. Nguyen introduced the First Lady in 2010 during the launch of the “Let’s Move!” initiative. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
President Obama Surprises Students at Fall Harvest
President Obama stopped by the First Lady’s final White House Kitchen Garden harvest of this Administration. After greeting the students from across the country and special guests who had joined Mrs. Obama for the harvest, the President took time to admire the new table, benches, arbor, and entryway which the First Lady unveiled during the garden dedication the day prior.
At the harvest, it was a reunion of folks who have worked with us on our Let’s Move! efforts over the years, from school nutrition to food marketing to physical activity, and the students participating came from our Let’s Move! programs, representing the millions of kids who have been impacted by the initiative. Following the harvest, everyone prepared a delicious Grilled Flatbread with Basil Puree and Garden Vegetables using ingredients straight from the garden, and then they sat to enjoy and eat together.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join students from “Let’s Move!” programs and others for a group photo after the fall harvest in the White House Kitchen Garden, Oct. 6, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Through the Eyes of a Child: The Impact of Let’s Move!
As we reflect on the past six and a half years of Let’s Move! and our collective efforts to raise a healthier generation, we’re taking a step back to think about how the changes we’ve made have impacted the day-to-day life of a child. This means looking beyond the policy, the programs, and the partnerships, and considering the tangible changes that an everyday American kid might see or experience as a result of our work.
National School Lunch Week
President Obama proclaimed this week National School Lunch Week. It’s a time to reflect on the progress that has been made and thank the school nutrition professionals, educators, and administrators who are working hard to ensure kids have the healthy food they need to succeed. During this Administration, we have transformed the school food environment through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which updated school nutrition standards for the first time in 15 years and increased funding for the first time in 30 years.
Now American public schools offer healthier school meals and snacks for over 50 million kids, with 99 percent of schools nationwide reporting that they are successfully meeting the updated nutrition standards. In addition, through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the number of students who could get school meals at little or no cost increased, and any food or beverage marketed to children at school must meet specific nutrition standards.
For the full recap of recent activities and to get involved, visit the Let’s Move! blog, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. You can also see more photos of the White House Kitchen Garden on Instagram.