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Michelle Obama Picks The Perfect Pumpkin For The White House Jack-O'-Lantern

Fri, October 22, 2010 10:51am EDT by Add first Comment
Posted Fri, October 22, 2010 10:51am EDT

It’s autumn harvest time! Michelle Obama invited some very lucky elementary school students to help her in the White House vegetable garden.

First lady Michelle Obama didn’t have to travel very far in her pursuit of the perfect pumpkin to carve into a Halloween jack-o’-lantern — all she had to do was walk over to her organic garden on the White House lawn! The 46-year-old invited children from local Tubman and Bancroft Elementary Schools to join in her hunt for the great pumpkin as well as other seasonal vegetables, as part of her Let’s Move campaign, which she created as a way to combat the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States.

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“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic heath and security of our nation is at stake,” says Michelle. “The isn’t the kind of problem that can be solved overnight, but with everyone working together, it can be solved. So, let’s move.”

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The first lady took her own advice and grabbed a pitchfork to pitch in with the harvest. Earlier this year, Michelle bragged about the bounty of vegetables the White House garden produced. “We harvested over 55 different kinds of healthy food — 55!” she said. “One thousand pounds of food! Can you imagine that?”

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We think it’s great that she’s getting kids to eat more fruits and veggies. Don’t you wish you could garden with the first family? But, we can’t help but hope that the White House hands out something more fun than apples or asparagus on trick-or-treat night!

–Amy L. Harper