United Fresh Produce Association took the occasion of the first anniversary of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move! campaign to congratulate her efforts to promote fruits and vegetables.

“With Let’s Move, the First Lady has raised our nation’s awareness about the value of a healthy, nutritious lifestyle for America’s children,” Tom Stenzel, president of Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh, said in a news release. “The Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative, announced by the first lady in November, brings additional focus to the importance of better nutrition in our nation’s schools.”

Let's Move! gets going
Let's Move! gets going

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Fernando Aguirre, chief executive officer of Chiquita Brands International, hands out single servings of fresh-cut apples to Berhnard Moos Elementary School students during lunch Feb. 9. Aguirre was at the school to celebrate the first anniversary of first lady Michelle Obama's nutrition and excercise campaign, Let's Move. Chiquita donated 10 salad bars to Chicago Schools in connection with the anniversary.

Stenzel said research has shown that children who are given a variety of choices of fruits and vegetable in a salad bar setting try new items, eat a wider variety of fresh produce and increase their total daily consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Officials from United Fresh and Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools were at Bernhard Moos Elementary School in Chicago on Feb. 9 to donate 10 salad bars to Chicago public schools. The donation was made possible by a grant from Chiquita Brands International Inc., Cincinnati.