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Healthy Diets, Healthy Lives

October 26, 2010


Date: 10/26/2010 Location: Washington D.C. Description: FPC journalists tour the White House Garden, and interview the White House chef, during the Healty Diets, Healthy Lives tour. - State Dept Image

October 26, 2010, Washington D.C.
Contact: Washington Media Relations Officer Jean Duggan
Telephone: 202-504-6314; email: dugganjc@state.gov

On October 26, the Washington Foreign Press Center kicked off a series of tours and briefings on the theme of “Healthy Diets, Healthy Lives.” The issue of healthy eating and fitness in the United States is one that effects both adults and children in every community in the country. Over half of the adults and about one-third of the children in America are obese or overweight. Obesity creates not only a medical impact, but also an economic impact in the costs for medical care and lost productivity. A healthy diet and regular fitness activities can help combat this problem, but these are habits that must be learned. Instilling healthy diet and fitness habits in children today will carry over into their adult lives.

The series will thus focus on the benefits of sustainable food, making healthy diet choices, combating childhood obesity, and the economic impacts of obesity. This supports the administration’s goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation and encouraging healthy eating and fitness among all Americans.

The first tour of this series took place on October 26 at the White House, attended by 27 journalists from 17 countries. The tour consisted of two parts: a briefing on the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” Program by Robin Schepper, Executive Director, Let's Move! Initiative, Office of the First Lady; and a tour of the White House Kitchen Garden by Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Adviser For Healthy Food Initiatives.