First Lady Brings ‘Let’s Move’ Message to Milan

By Ali Meyer | July 1, 2015 | 2:32pm EDT
First lady Michelle Obama (AP Photo)

( - First lady Michelle Obama traveled to Milan last week as part of the ‘Let’s Move!’ Program to promote a “global dialogue about the future of our food system,” according to the blog.

Mrs. Obama led the Presidential Delegation to the Milan Expo 2015 with the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” where she shared the “successes of Let’s Move! and the efforts happening in the United States to support healthier lifestyles” and “learned from other countries’ leaders about how they are addressing the issue of childhood obesity and raising healthier families.”

“That’s why it’s so important for us all to be here at this Expo, sharing these ideas with the world, learning from each other, celebrating the advancements that we’ve made, but also not being complacent,” said the first lady.

The trip included a visit to the James Beard American Restaurant, located in the heart of central Milan atop the landmark Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The restaurant “provides a showcase for great chefs, products, ingredients, beverages, and other American delights,” stated the blog.

“Throughout the six months of Milan Expo, visiting guest chefs from across America will prepare special menus to celebrate the finest ingredients and cuisine from the United States and will also host Italian chefs interpreting American cuisine.”

The next day, Michelle visited the Milan Expo, where she toured the Italian Pavilion with Mrs. Agnese Landini, wife of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, stated the blog.

“During their visit to the Italian Pavilion, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Landini viewed a presentation by students from the International School of Milan who recorded videos that aligned with the Expo’s theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.’ The students covered topics ranging from planning out meals in advance and using leftovers to working together to save food and reduce waste.”

“We’ve got to have business leaders, we’ve got to have our athletes, our entrepreneurs, our foundations, our farmers all stepping up trying to figure out how to bring the best solutions to bear on behalf of our kids and our communities,” said Mrs. Obama. "I know that I for one long after I leave the office of First Lady I'm going to continue to work on these issues because our children deserve better. And we can do better, we can, we have seen it here."

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