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1. As a child, Sam Kass
1) ate only healthy food.
2) enjoyed sweet food
3) had problems with his teeth.
2. Sam Kass changed his eating habits because he
1) was obese.
2) started working with the First Lady.
3) wanted to be good at sports.
3. More than 30 per cent of all American children
1) are overweight or obese.
2) have already got obesity-related health problems.
3) are projected to have diabetes in their lifetime.
4. The aim of the ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative is
1) to inspire schools to create their own gardens.
2) to continue a conversation with children.
3) to help children grow up healthier.
5. When children visit the White House garden,
1) they always help plant fruits and vegetables.
2) they never harvest the bounty.
3) they are often surprised at what they see there.
6. Sam Kass is astonished by
1) the tasks they’ve successfully accomplished.
2) the scale of the support they’ve received.
3) the improved access in local communities to healthy food.
7. Sam Kass believes that
1) there’s a single solution to the problem of childhood obesity.
2) the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will produce a fundamental change in childhood obesity.
3) the situation with childhood obesity can change for the better.
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My family had balanced meals every night. Vegetables were an absolute must with every meal. Yet, I do have to admit that I had a sweet tooth and didn’t always eat healthy food. As an athlete, over time I learned that eating well was critical to my performance. So I started making small changes to how I ate. Now I’m working in close collaboration with the First Lady to provide American children with better food options and opportunities for increased physical activity.
Today, one in three children in the USA is overweight or obese. Many of these children will face chronic obesity-related health problems, like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. Nearly one third of them is projected to have diabetes in their lifetime. This impacts their ability to perform, and how they feel about themselves. If we want to win the future, we must ensure that the youngest generation grows up healthy and can thrive in the years ahead.
Two years ago, the First Lady began a national conversation about childhood obesity when she broke ground in the White House Kitchen Garden with children from a local elementary school. This national conversation grew into the ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative, which is intended to solve the problem of childhood obesity in a generation, so kids born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. I’m tremendously proud of how the garden has engaged children and inspired communities and schools all across the country to create their own gardens.
Over the last two years, hundreds of children have visited the White House garden. Some have helped plant fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and others have helped harvest the bounty. I will never grow tired of their curiosity and sense of wonderment when they see where food comes from, what a sweet potato looks like when it comes out of the ground, or what a fresh sprig of rosemary smells like. By engaging kids with food, they’re more likely to try new fruits and vegetables, and that’s a big step forward in helping kids eat healthier food.
I continue to be amazed by the outpouring of support we’ve received over the last year. All across the country, mayors, chefs, schools, community groups, and more have stepped up to solve the problem of childhood obesity. Together, we’ve accomplished a great deal to provide healthier food to children, increase physical activity, share better information about health and nutrition to families, and improve access in local communities to healthy, affordable food.
One of the big highlights of the year for me was when the President signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which will improve the nutritional value of school meals and expand access to these meals for needy children. But everyone has a role to play in ending childhood obesity. Over the last year, private sector companies have responded to the demand of parents for better food choices, sports leagues have pledged to expand their youth programs, and I’m particularly proud of the number of chefs around the country who’ve joined ‘Chefs Move to Schools’ to help engage kids about food and healthy food choices.
The past year has given us hope that we can turn the tide on childhood obesity and achieve fundamental change. We will continue to work together to keep the momentum going and build on the success of the last year. There isn’t a single solution to solving childhood obesity, so we will need to continue pursuing strategies at every level, in every sector, with health experts, local leaders and policy makers, schools, private companies, and community groups. We also will continue to provide communities with the tools they need to develop unique solutions at the local level.