Chefs come to Chicago classrooms

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Students in more than 60 Chicago Public Schools classrooms got a lesson Monday in nutrition from a team of professional chefs.

Students in more than 60 Chicago Public Schools classrooms got a lesson Monday in nutrition from a team of professional chefs. The chefs talked about nutrition and the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. Some students also sampled some of the chefs’ creations. The program is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Chefs Move to Schools” initiative to pair chefs with schools to promote better nutrition. Earlier this year Obama launched the “Let’s Move!” national campaign to combat childhood obesity and President Barack Obama established the Task Force on Childhood Obesity to come up with ways to lower the current national rate –– 20 percent –– of childhood obesity. According to the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, the obesity rate for children in Chicago ages 3 to 7 is 22 percent, and 28 percent for children ages 10 to 13. Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for heart disease, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and several types of cancer, among other ailments. They are also more likely than youth of normal weight to become obese or overweight adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender

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