MIAMI (CBS4) — The students at one Miami elementary school will have a very special visitor on Monday who’ll talk to them about eating right.
First Lady Michelle Obama will stop by Riverside Elementary on SW 2nd Street as part of her “Let’s Move!” initiative to talk about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. She’ll also talk about the role schools play in helping their students eat healthy by planting gardens and improving their nutrition plans.
She will be joined by chefs from the Miami area for a demonstration of how a school can effectively use a salad bar to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables. The local chefs are participants in the Chefs Move to Schools initiative.
Obama will also be joined by leaders from the fruit and vegetable industry, and school and public health officials who will announce a major commitment to support the use of salad bars in schools across the country.
Miami-Dade schools have a head start on the initiative. In August a group of chefs visited school cafeterias to introduce the healthier menus and to encourage the kids to choose vegetables over pizza.
Other changes in local schools include healthy items in school vending machines and incorporating healthy cooking lessons for students in Home Economics classes.