Monday, June 7, 2010

ACHS Instructor Susan Belsinger Invited to White House for "Chefs Move to Schools" Program

ACHS Instructor and Acclaimed Chef Susan Belsinger pictured left in the White House kitchen garden.

ACHS Mediterranean Holistic Cuisine Summer Session in Greece and acclaimed chef Susan Belsinger was invited to the White House as part of the "Chefs Move to Schools" program, part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign to help end the epidemic of childhood obesity.

Belsinger and chefs from 37 states gathered on the South Lawn of the White House for the First Lady's remarks, excerpted on the White House Blog by Sam Kass:

"That's why we created the “Chefs Move to Schools” program, to pair chefs like you with interested schools in your local communities. And together, you’ll be helping students learn where food comes from, and develop healthy habits. You’ll be elevating the role of food in our schools, and working to create healthy meals on a budget…

But each of you has so much to offer when it comes to helping our children make healthy choices. You know more about food than almost anyone -- other than the grandmas --and you’ve got the visibility and the enthusiasm to match that knowledge. That's really what’s key. Just watching you guys in action will -- it excites me, let alone my little girls who can’t stay out of the kitchen when Sam is cooking.

You can make a salad bar fun -- now, that’s something -- and delicious. You can teach kids to cook something that tastes good and is good for them; and share your passion for food in a way that’s truly contagious."

As of the morning of June 4, about 990 chefs and 488 schools had signed up to be part of the Chef's Move to Schools program. Check out the White House Blog for an interactive map of where participating chefs and schools are located. Click here:

Check back with the ACHS News Blog for more information from Susan about her experience at the White House! Also, when you visit the White House Blog post, you can spot Susan in the first photo included; she is on the right-hand side, the second row from the front, four from the left and with a camera!

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