Michelle Obama on the White House's Kitchen Garden: Anyone Can Garden!

Two months after moving into the White House, first lady Michelle Obama set out on a new, exciting project: starting a garden. In her new book, American Grown, the first lady shares what it was like to plant the White House Kitchen Garden and start a national conversation about the food we eat and how it affects our children’s health. (8 Photos)

iVillage on Aug 17, 2012 at 2:40PM

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Michelle Obama on the White House's Kitchen Garden: Anyone Can Garden!

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The Wakeup Call

“I’ve been one of those mothers, anxiously looking at my watch while waiting in the drive-through lane or popping something into the microwave while finishing up a conference call.

But I had never really thought about the consequences until I sat down with our family pediatrician and he asked me a simple question, ‘What are you eating?’ He then started telling me about how some families in his practice ate every meal... at a different convenience-food chain... that moment was a wakeup call for me. Until then, I thought my husband and I were doing everything we could to give our daughters every opportunity in their lives. We read to them and made sure they did their homework. We signed them up for sports, music lessons and dance lessons. But after talking with their doctor, I realized that we weren’t giving them one of the most fundamental advantages they could have: a truly healthy lifestyle.”

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