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SXU Chef heads to the White House for “Let’s Move!” anti-childhood obesity campaign

Chef Michael Smith volunteers to help local schools create healthier menus

news story imageChicago (June 8, 2010) Saint Xavier University Senior Executive Chef Michael Smith recently attended the “Chefs Move to Schools” program kick-off, a branch of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! anti-childhood obesity campaign, at the White House.

Smith volunteered for the program, which pairs chefs with local schools to help create healthier menus and teach children about nutrition, but has not yet been matched with a school. Let’s Move! aims to support parents, provide healthier food in schools, help kids be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available in every part of the country.

Smith, a Chicago resident, said the program is important because it teaches children how to make healthy lifestyle choices for themselves.

“It’s one of the best causes I’ve heard in a long time,” Smith said. “I’ve been trying to make an impact in healthy eating, and it’s so hard to change young adults’ eating habits that it’s like hitting your head against the wall. The initiative to start with children and show them healthy lifestyle choices is a great idea.”

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