Early in June, Highlands Ranch resident and Valley Country Club Chef Jason Morse had the great honor of being invited to attend a White House event with First Lady Michelle Obama. Along with a few other hand-picked chefs from around the country, the group met to discuss an initiative called “Chef’s Move to Schools.” Chefs nationwide are being asked to become more active within their local community of schools to PARTNER with the schools and help educate parents, students, foodservice, and educators about healthier options for kids to eat.
By way of background, in May, the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – the largest professional chefs organization in the U.S. – was asked to play an integral part in Michelle Obama’s latest Let’s Move! campaign initiative, the Chefs Move to Schools program. More than 50 ACF chefs participated in the program’s kickoff at the White House on June 4, including Chef Morse.
Chefs nationwide will get involved in the program by adopting a school in their community and working with teachers, parents, school nutrition professionals and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition. ACF, the National Restaurant Association and Share Our Strength will work with a select group of chefs participating in a pilot launch of the program over the summer. Volunteers will begin working in schools in the fall.
Chef Morse has worked with Cottonwood Creek Elementary in Englewood for the past four years and enjoys seeing kids at lunchtime and helping to make healthy food fun to eat.
More About the “Chefs Move to Schools” Initiative:
As communities and organizations get behind the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign to solve the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation, one group that could have a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of children is the Nation’s chefs. As part of her effort to turn policies into practical solutions for America’s families, Mrs. Obama is calling on chefs to get involved by adopting a school and working with teachers, parents and school nutrition professionals and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition. By creating healthy dishes that taste good, chefs have a unique ability to deliver these messages in a fun and appealing way to the larger audience, particularly children.
The “Chefs Move to Schools” program, run through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will pair chefs with interested schools in their communities so together they can create healthy meals that meet the schools’ dietary guidelines and budgets, while teaching young people about nutrition and making balanced and healthy choices. With more than 31 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 11 million participating in the National School Breakfast Program, good nutrition at school is more important than ever.
You can get your child(ren)’s school involved by having the administration sign up by filling out the form here and request to have a chef do a demo. For more information about the “Chefs Move to Schools” initiative, click here or go to www.letsmove.gov.
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