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Michelle Obama marks 'Let's Move' milestone with arugula, 'Interlude Dance' (+video)

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The event highlighted the Chefs Move to Schools program, the part of Let’s Move that brings chefs, teachers, parents, and school-nutrition professionals together to create school gardens, salad bars, and educational demonstrations for kids. More than 3,350 schools have signed up so far.

Obama cheered the students for Dallas’s distinction of having the most schools – 78 – earning the Gold Award in the HealthierUS Schools Challenge, which sets high standards for both school nutrition and physical activity. Nationwide, more than 1,500 schools so far have participated in the challenge.

After tasting the teams’ creations – a whole-wheat taco; an arugula, carrot, and avocado salad; and homemade applesauce – Obama and the other chefs declared all the teams winners, according to a newspaper pool report.

Other points of progress in children’s nutrition that her campaign has promoted:

  • Congress passed the Healthier, Hunger-Free Kids Act in December 2010.
  • The USDA released new school meal regulations this January to include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and to reduce sodium, saturated fat, and trans fats. These were the first significant changes to school meals in 15 years. 
  • More than 2,000 child-care groups and professionals have said they’ll implement new standards for nutrition, physical activity, and limited screen time for young children.
  • Darden, the company that owns restaurants such as Olive Garden and Red Lobster, will now offer a fruit or vegetable and low-fat milk with every children’s meal.
  • Wal-Mart is expanding access to healthy food choices in neighborhoods where they’ve been hard to find.
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