Wait, let me start at the beginning. If you guys read my last post, you know that I was invited through BlogHer/SheKnows Media to the Let's Move! Event at the White House on March 15. In a nutshell, the event was to bring together about 150 bloggers, mothers (and some fathers), social media junkies and all-around big mouths like myself to get the word out about Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" Campaign and to discuss the successes to date and the future plans for this amazing and life changing campaign.
Okay, first thing's first. Let's get all the fan-girling and touristy stuff out of the way. This was my first ever trip to the White House and I took a ton of pictures.
|Me in my "I'm going to the White House, Bitches!" dress.|
|Inside the gates! No stopping me now. (and pretty trees)|
|The Obama girls, with Dad and Dog!|
|Presidential China that wouldn't fit in my purse.|
|Nancy Reagan's portrait|
|And the flowers under Nancy Reagan's portrait|
|Me looking all classy. Just like Jackie Kennedy. Or not.|
|Presidential hand towels. Yes, I took two, thanks for asking.|
|Bill Clinton (with a very talented Marine playing piano)|
|The view of the South Lawn. The fountain was running green in honor of St. Patty's Day|
|Coffee out of the Presidential China (which also didn't fit in my purse. Next time....bigger purse.|
|JFK and me.|
|My girl Stephanie of When Crazy Meets Exhaustion. VIPs in the front row!|
- Nearly 80 million people (nearly 1 in 4 Americans) now live in a Let's Move! City, Town or County
- More than 30 million kids are eating healthier school breakfasts and lunches
- 2 million kids now have a Let's Move! Salad Bar in their school
- OVER 10 million kids attend Let's Move! Active Schools where they strive to get 60 minutes of physical activity a day
- 1.6 million kids are now attending healthier daycare centers where fruits and veggies have replaced cookies and juice
- Thousands of chain restaurants have created healthier kids' menus, and food & beverage companies cut 6.4 TRILLION calories from their products
|Deb Eschmeyer, Executive Director of Let's Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition|
Now before I get people saying "Oh well the crap they're serving in my kids' schools is terrible" let me say this. It's not Michelle Obama's job to come to your kid's school and serve them a healthy lunch. That is the job of the school districts. They are given the guidelines and some funding to put healthy lunch on your kid's plate. If your school district isn't doing the job or following the guidelines, don't complain to me, complain to your school district, and if you don't have any success there, go up the food chain.
Cris Comerford, the White House Executive Chef gave us a demonstration on making a Tuscan Kale Salad to Go in mason jars. Since I skipped breakfast, that salad looked so amazing that it was all I could do to NOT rush the stage and steal one. I think the Secret Service had their eyes on me, so I showed amazing restraint. The best part was when Chef Comerford admitted to all 150 of us that she actually stole the recipe from Pinterest. Go Chef! We'll keep your secret. Oh, crap.
|White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford.....making me hungry|
Another really cool thing that I learned was that the Obama Administration is extremely 'Mom-Friendly'. They announced early on that if anyone needed to use the White House's Nursing Room, it would be made available to them, and that there are MANY nursing moms as well as moms of children and teens working at the White House. As a matter of fact, every person who spoke to us on Tuesday was a woman. Rock on, ladies!
|Dominique Dawes!! The Three-time Olympic Gymnast!!|
Michelle Obama came out last to speak to us and let me tell you: she is STUNNING. Just to be in the same room with her was tremendously cool. She's confident, she's funny, she's a mom but she's one of the most powerful moms I've ever met. Physically fit, well-spoken and just a pleasure to watch. Seriously, I was girl-crushing for a bit. My takeaway from her speech was that the Let's Move! Campaign is working. Childhood obesity rates have stopped rising and are slowly beginning to decrease. It's working. But we as parents have to continue to demand that big brands continue to work toward providing healthier options for us and for our children. Here's a quote from Mrs. Obama's speech:
"As First Lady, I've seen the impact of this work on a national scale as well. After so many years, childhood obesity rates have stopped rising, and rates for our youngest kids have actually started to fall. And I have no doubt that if we keep pushing forward on this issue, one day, we will look back on the food we used to feed our kids and it'll be like looking back on the days when we didn't wear seat belts or bike helmets or sunscreen. We'll be like, 'Man, can you believe we used to eat that stuff?'"
|Totally fan-girling. Look at her!|
Overall, it was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience and I can't believe I almost didn't go. What a knucklehead. Here's a bit of advice from your old pal Snarkfest. If you're ever invited to the White House, don't think about it, don't weigh the pros and cons. Just DO IT. It may never happen again, and I'm so glad I went.
|The only picture I could get of both Mrs. O and me.|
|Amanda Mushro from Questionable Choices in Parenting and me AT. THE. WHITE HOUSE!|
|THE White House Kitchen Garden!|
|The BlogU Girls together again!|