DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – First Lady Michelle Obama brought her message of healthier eating to Dallas students Friday morning.
Mrs. Obama spoke to about 200 students from Nancy Moseley Elementary, while judging a competition of Top Chef contestants for an upcoming TV show.
“The whole point of this is making sure you all are healthy,” she told her young audience. “It’s very hard to focus at school if you don’t have good fuel in your body, and that’s the truth. This isn’t just a grown-up telling you to eat your vegetables. The truth is your brain works better on good food.”
The First Lady is currently on a 3-day tour celebrating the two year anniversary of “Let’s Move”, her campaign against childhood obesity.
“It was really exciting,” said JJ Guzman, a fifth grader who sat beside the First Lady. “We’ve been a real good school and class, and it’s all worth it.”
Moseley Elementary is one of 78 DISD schools to achieve ‘gold’ status under the HealthierUS Schools Challenge for its success implementing nutrition and physical fitness.
“You have more ‘gold’ schools in this district than anywhere else in the country,” Mrs. Obama said.
Digging into plates of food, kids agreed and said they enjoy the healthier options.
Elizabeth Rios, a 6th grader, understands the reasons to eat healthy.
“So that we can be stronger when we’re older,” she explained. “We can have a better family [and] better community.”
They really do,” Brenda Brooks said, when asked if the kids really eat the fruits and vegetables offered. And she should know. Brooks is the cafeteria supervisor at Moseley, and she’s lost 78 pounds herself eating the new diet of healthier foods available at local schools.
Despite the accomplishments Brooks said she never thought she’d get a personal thank you from the First Lady of the United States.
“Oh God, it was an honor just to meet you, just to sit by you,” she told Mrs. Obama with delight.
During her North Texas visit Michelle Obama also announced a renewed effort to bring local chefs into schools for cooking demonstrations, staff training, and community gardens under the “Chefs Move to Schools” program.
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