First Lady Michelle Obama’s national campaign to promote healthier lifestyles is having an impact close to home – right in the White House kitchen.
Since last summer, four members of the kitchen staff at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. have collectively lost more than 110 pounds, the Associated Press reports. And they say their inspiration is the first lady, who is a champion of healthy eating and exercise all as a part of her “Let’s Move!” initiative.
Susie Morrison, a pastry chef at the White House, has shed 30 pounds in the last year-and-a-half by eating more vegetable, biking and running, the AP said. Three of her colleagues have also followed suit: executive chef Cristeta Comerford has shed 15 pounds; assistant chef Adam Collick lost 30 pounds; while assistant curator Lydia Tederick is now a whopping 35 pounds lighter.
“She is a great inspiration for me to focus every day to try harder, and I have,” Morrison told the AP.
Comerford explained the challenge of keeping the extra pounds at bay when working at the White House kitchen: “We’re preparing really good food so it’s really very easy to just snack all the time,” she said.
While her kitchen staffers seem to have learned a thing or two from “Let’s Move!,” the first lady could have her work cut out for her when it comes to her husband’s diet –President Barack Obama is known for treating himself to local treats when he’s out on the road.
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