The Boston Public School’s Farm to School Initiative is thrilled to be featured in First Lady Michelle Obama’s new book American Grown, The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.  The BPS Farm to School Initiative’s Local Lunch Thursday, which brings locally grown produce like squash, rutabaga, collard greens, and strawberries to the lunch line at all 46 full service cafeterias across the district, was highlighted along other innovative programs in school districts and communities nation wide.  Kim Szeto, the Farm to School Coordinator for Boston, is quoted in American Grown: “We often bring the whole vegetable or seedling into the cafeteria along with the samples to show students.  The more kids know about these vegetable, the more them might like to eat them and even grow them.”

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Beyonce Knowles officially joined Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign on Wednesday with the release of her music/exercise video, “Move Your Body”.

She throws her towel in the ring in the fight against childhood obesity following the likes of Ellen Degeneres and Jamie Oliver – celebrities who have also used their star power and influence to bring light to this important issue. The video takes place in a busy school cafeteria cum dance floor. Beyonce sings flanked by student backup dancers. The “move your body” message and school lunch atmosphere effectively show the dual importance of physical activity and a healthy diet in combating obesity.