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sam kass: we're soexcited that you're here. thank everybody for coming. thank you, secretaryvilsack, for your leadership and hard work. look at them. (laughter) sam kass:you've got to earn that. you've got to earn that. they're not messing around.
come on closer. first of all, i wantto make sure you know we have some reallyspecial guests here today. true heroes on the ground,in our school nutrition. they're working very hard tomake sure kids like you all over the country are gettinggood, delicious, healthy food. i'll start at the end. a good friend of mine, lauragilbert from orange county has been a champion ofthis for so long,
has done things like worked withchefs and kids to help design the menus themselves, which is-- gets the kids involved and wanting to eat more. she's seeing increasedparticipation because of this effort. another dear friend whom i'vebeen working with since right when we first got here,dora rivas from dallas. her leadership has just beenabsolutely extraordinary, innovating with flavorstations and working with
the kids themselves as well. just doing so much toimprove the health of kids and every one of yourelementary schools is a u.s. healthier schoolchallenge winner school, which is just extraordinary. (applause) sam kass: and then rickgoff from west virginia. when the institute ofmedicine came out with their recommendations, rickjust said "you know what?
let's just get to work. we don't even have to wait." and has met and exceeded thesestandards in every school in west virginia, has done somuch to remove junk food from schools, to cookmore in the schools, and has absolutely transformedthe health and well-being of our kids in west virginia. if you can do itin west virginia, you can do it anywhere.
rick goff: correct. sam kass: and we are so inspiredby all of your leadership. rick goff: thank you. sam kass: so, i wantedto make sure, first lady, you understood just howincredible the leadership has been from these people. so -- but the kids, i know whoyou really want to hear from. and so everybody, i wantto give -- introduce you to the first lady of the unitedstates, mrs. michelle obama.
mrs. obama: hey, guys. well, it's goodto have you here. i want to findout, first of all, how many kids werehere for the planting? was everybody here? because i know i seesome familiar faces and some new faces. and i promised you then that youwere going to come back and we were going to harvest.
now, the weather isn't asgood as we wanted it to be, although sam thinks westill should be outside. but i just wanted tomake sure that no one was struck by lightning,so we're inside today. so you guys went outto the garden, right? you got to see itbefore coming in. didn't it look reallydifferent from what it looked like whenyou planted it? you see how much thosevegetables have grown?
it's pretty amazing, isn't it? and i've been looking after it. i've been going down there everynight after dinner with the dogs and with the president, andwe've been making sure that everything is turning out okay. but you guys did an awesomejob in helping us plant, so now we get to experiencethe fruits of our labor. so i'm really happy thatyou guys could come back. i'm really proud of you all.
you all make ourkitchen garden possible. and you guys are the reasonwhy we're doing this. you see all thesewonderful people up here, these leaders in nutrition,our secretary of agriculture who has made your schoollunches possible? the reason we're doing this,and the reason this first lady is so passionate about theseissues is because of these kids. for millions of kidsin this country, their main source ofnutrition comes from the food
that they get in their schools. and we are paying billionsof dollars to invest in that food as taxpayers. and as a result, it's up to usto make sure that these kids get the best food that they can getinto their stomachs because it's not just aboutnutrition, it's about their academic success. we know that kids whohave nutritious foods, vegetables and fruits,they do better in school.
they have betterdisciplinary outcomes. they have higher test scores. so we simply can'tafford to say, oh, well, it's too hard solet's not do it. and as this firstlady will tell you, i'm going to fight until thebitter end to make sure that every kid in this countrycontinues to have the best nutrition that they can have inour schools, because these kids, all of these kids are worth it.
and you're going tosee -- yes, indeed. they are absolutely worth it. and you're going to seefirsthand what happens when kids are involvedin the process. because every time weharvest, we have kids who are enthusiastic about planting,harvesting, prepping and eating. there are ways to make thisfun and interesting for kids, and it doesn't requirebeing at the white house. this just happensto be a nice perk.
all of these schools havegardens of their own. all of these schools in thisarea are finding ways to incorporate healthyfoods into their lunches. it is doable. for the schoolsthat are struggling, we have an entire agencywho is ready to lend a hand to figure outhow can we help you. but at the end, what wehave to remember is that this fight is about our kids.
so are you guys ready to showthese folks how to eat healthy, how to prepare food, andhow to make a great salad, and that kids actuallyenjoy healthy food that's good for them? are you guys ready toprove that point today? children: yes. mrs. obama: can we hear it? i can't hear you. children: yes!
mrs. obama: all right,well, let's get started. let's move. let's get it done.