"What do you plan to do with your one, wild, precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Book Is Like A Garden

Let's Move! Michelle Obama's new book, American Grown, promoting gardens and showcasing the White House garden, is out. It promotes healthy lifestyles and good eating habits. The White House grounds and gardens are part of our National Parks and all proceeds go to the National Park Foundation.




The next generation is estimated to be the first to have a shorter life span than their parents. With the growing problem of childhood obesity and diabetes, I think it's great that the first lady is talking about the importance of outdoor activity and nurturing good eating habits at an early age. Kids in America today spend an average of 7.5 hours a day in front of some sort of screen.

One of the first things Michelle Obama did as first lady was to dig up part of the manicured lawn at the White House and plant a garden. You can read more about the story here on the NPR site. I support her efforts. As the ancient Chinese proverb goes: "A Book Is Like A Garden". I can lose myself in both.

4 comments:

Jemi Fraser said...

I hadn't heard about the White House Garden - what a wonderful idea! Encouraging kids to eat and be healthier is our most improtant mission!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks Jemi. I think it's pretty neat and sets such a good example.

Talli Roland said...

I grew up eating fresh veggies from my parents' massive garden. Sadly, in central London, it's not possible. Boo! Some people do have allotments in the suburbs, though.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Talli,
There is a growing interest in urban gardening, which I think is terrific. Maybe London needs to get its act together!