Friday, June 4, 2010

First Lady Invites Bertucci's Chef Stefano Cordova to Kick-Off 'Chefs Move To Schools' Program for Solving Childhood Obesity

/PRNewswire/ -- Northborough, MA-based Bertucci's Corporation announced today that it's own Chef Stefano Cordova has been chosen by First Lady Michelle Obama to participate in her "Chefs Move To Schools" program that calls on the nation's chefs to adopt a school, work with teachers, parents, school nutritionists and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition. Chef Stefano, along with 299 other national chefs, has traveled to the White House for today's official kick-off. "Chefs Move To Schools" is part of Mrs. Obama's larger initiative of 'Let's Move!' to solve the childhood obesity epidemic.

"I am honored to participate and represent the Bertucci's kitchen in the First Lady's 'Let's Move!' campaign along with others in my field from across the country. I have always been an advocate for healthy, fresh and smarter ingredients in preparing dishes for our guests - especially children," said Chef Stefano Cordova, Vice President and Executive Chef for Bertucci's Italian Restaurants. "We are excited to adopt a local school where we'll put the First Lady's plan in motion to create healthy dishes incorporating tastes children love. Our whole wheat pizza and multigrain pasta are popular with families in our restaurants."

The "Chefs Move to Schools" program, run through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will pair chefs with interested schools in their communities so together they can create healthy meals that meet the schools' dietary guidelines and budgets, while teaching young people about nutrition and making balanced and healthy choices. With more than 31 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 11 million participating in the National School Breakfast Program, good nutrition at school is more important than ever.

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