The following is a release from the White House, recounting First Lady Michelle Obama's remarks (unedited here) on the Subway
Let's Move! announcement Thursday:
REMARKS BY THE FIRST LADY
AT SUBWAY’S LET'S MOVE! ANNOUNCEMENT
11:17 A.M. EST
MRS. OBAMA: Hey, everybody. How are you all doing?
MRS. OBAMA: Are you as hungry as I am? I am starving. (Laughter.) We're going to eat, right? You ready for that?
Well, it is a pleasure to
be here today. I want to start by thanking Michael for that very kind
introduction, but more importantly, for everything that he is doing to
make sure that kids like you grow up healthy,
that you eat healthy and you stay active so that your brains work right
and your bodies work right, and you can live long like me and your
But thank you, Michael.
We're thrilled that he could join us, along with Justin Tuck and Nastia
Liukin, who are here as well. They're going to help fix our
sandwiches. So you're going to be able to meet a couple
of other great athletes who believe in eating healthy as well.
But more importantly, thank you guys for being here today. Is there school today?
MRS. OBAMA: Oh. (Laughter.) So how did you get to come here?
CHILD: The bus.
MRS. OBAMA: They took the
bus. (Laughter.) We are glad that you're here -- and staying warm, I
hope, right? Okay. Well, let me talk about a few things before we eat,
all right, and then we'll get to eating.
I want to recognize Jim
Gavin -- Jim, where did you go? I heard you out here, Jim. Hey, Jim,
how are you? Thank you for all of the work that you're doing with the
Partnership for a Healthier America. And of
course, most of all, I want to say a huge thank you to Suzanne Greco
and everyone here at Subway for making this day possible.
For years, Subway has been
providing meals that are healthy, but also easy, tasty and affordable
-- right, parents? And today, with these new initiatives, Subway is
once again stepping up to provide even more healthy
choices for our families.
The new Fresh Fit for Kids
meals here at Subway are a terrific example of what a kids' menu should
look like. And that’s because Subway is offering all kinds of healthy
options for kids. Instead of every single
-- worrying about whether what's on the item -- what's on the menu is
actually healthy, what you can do with this meal is that -- you know
that every single item on the kids' menu meets the highest nutrition
standards, from the lean dairy products to the fresh
fruits and veggies to the non-sugary beverages.
So this is a big deal,
which is one of the reasons why we're here. And I have to tell you that
I’m excited about this initiative for a couple of reasons. First,
because I'm First Lady, and I've been -- of course,
you guys know because you come help me with my garden -- we're doing
Let's Move. But I'm also excited about this as a mom, just like your
parents are. Because there was a time in my life when I was like a
regular parent. And for me -- (laughter) -- it's
a little different now, I have to admit. (Laughter.)
But I remember on Saturdays, I would spend the entire Saturday driving my kids around -- is that what you're still doing? I don’t know about you, but Saturday
I was basically a chauffeur, driving the girls from
dance class to soccer, and then to somebody's birthday party somewhere
on the other side of town. That’s what I was doing. And I hardly ever
had the time or the organizational skills to think ahead and pack
snacks. Sometimes I would remember the snacks,
but I definitely never remembered to pack lunch.
So there we would be, on
our way to the second or third activity -- I don’t know how you feel
about this -- and then you think somebody -- you hear a voice in the
car, in the backseat, going, I'm hungry. (Laughter.)
That’s how you all talk -- I'm hungry. (Laughter.) You've heard that
voice before. And then you suddenly think, oh, man, what am I going to
do about lunch? We don’t have time to go back but these kids need some
food, they're not going to make it through
the day without food.
And when that happened, I
didn’t have the time to drive all the way home. I needed something
close, nearby; something that would be quick and affordable, and also
offer my kids some decent nutritious options.
That was the big part for me -- where could I go where I would be
certain that what the kids would order would be a decent and healthy
meal for them.
And that’s really why
these new initiatives at Subway are so important, because they make it
easy for parents like us to do the right thing by our kids. With the
choices on Subway’s kids' menu, you don’t have to
argue with your kids about what they can and can’t have. How many
people argue with their parents when they go into a restaurant and your
parents are trying to get you to order something decent, and you're
like, I don’t want that? (Laughter.) That’s how
you sound -- I don’t want that. And then you're arguing with your
But here at Subway, you
don’t have to say no to this or that or the other thing. You can pretty
much guarantee when they go to the kids' menu that anything they order
is going to be right on par. And that helps
us. You can let them loose and no matter what they choose from the
kids' menu, you know it’s going to be good for them.
And with the new Playtime:
Powered by Veggies campaign, the menu here isn’t just healthy for kids,
it’s also fun, because it lets the kids take control. That’s one of
the things that my kids like to do. They like
to think that they were in control of everything they ate. So
essentially giving them the opportunity to pick out what meats they want
and what they want on their sandwiches, that makes them feel like
they're in control. And kids -- you guys like control,
don’t you? Especially if you're fourth, fifth graders, you like
control. It lets them choose which veggies they want to pile on, and
what other things they want on their sandwich.
And to all the kids here
today, I want to also echo what Michael said earlier about the
importance of eating right and making good choices about what you eat --
not just because that will make your moms happy --
which it will -- but it's going to actually help you make your bodies
work better. And that’s serious. I don’t know how many kids are
athletes here, or who are dancers, who are movers, who want to do
something important with their bodies -- what you eat,
what you put into it makes a huge difference, just as Michael said.
So if you don’t do it
because you want to make mom happy, do it because you want to make
yourself happy and you want to put yourself in a position to be
excellent -- not just what you do physically, but what you
do at school. Michael mentioned that what you eat at school absolutely
affects how well your brain works -- and that’s the truth. You may not
see it or know it right now, but it absolutely does. So it's so
important for you guys to make good choices about
what you eat so that you move well and you study hard and you can do
And all of that goes for
the adults in the room, too. This isn't just about kids. We know that
how we eat affects how we feel, and how much energy we have to deal with
you, right? (Laughter.) That’s why this
new initiative isn't just for kids -- and that’s something to keep in
mind. Adults, we can pile it on, too. We can make the choices about
what we eat. We have some flexibility so that we can actually feel
comfortable eating with our kids when we take them
out, right? Because there's always some healthy option no matter what
you're doing in your life. That’s why this initiative is good for
And, moms and dads, if you
want a treat every once in a while, the beauty about Subway is that you
can still order that meatball sub, because it's still on the menu. And
that’s the beauty of what's going on here
at Subway -- you have choices. You can still indulge every now and
then and get that big foot-long with all the stuff and the cheese on it,
and when you want to play it right, you have an option of doing
something that’s more healthy as well.
But there are also plenty
of healthy options to choose from. And, even better, Subway isn't just
offering healthy choices -- this is the thing I like -- they're putting
real money behind marketing these choices
to kids. They’re actually working to get kids excited about eating
And I know we get them
excited about doing lots of stuff. We can market a lot of things to
kids. But one of the things that I've been urging companies to do --
and I did this last fall at our White House Summit
on Food Marketing to Children -- I asked companies to stop targeting
kids with ads for unhealthy products and start doing more to promote
healthy products. And I am thrilled that Subway is one of the first
companies that answered this call by starting these
initiatives. And that’s wonderful. Congratulations. (Applause.) And
I am grateful for all that you're doing to step up on behalf of our
But of course -- and
here's the thing -- in the end, it’s not enough just for Subway to
simply offer and market these healthy options. As parents and
consumers, we actually then have to buy these products. That’s
the ticket. The trick is we've got to put our money where we want
products to go.
When companies do the
right thing, like Subway, when they give us the healthy options we’ve
been asking for, we need to vote with our wallets. That’s how we need
to send a clear message that this is what we want
for our families. And that’s how we get even more fresh food in our
communities, because when companies see that we're going to buy this
stuff, then they'll keep making it. Their argument is, we're making
what people want. And they're never going to stop
making what we want if we keep just buying stuff that’s not healthy.
So now that we have the options, we've got to step up and show companies
like Subway and others -- other companies that if you make it, we'll
So with that, I want to
close by once again thanking Subway for everything they are doing on
behalf of kids and families. And in the coming months, I hope that
businesses across the country will take the lead and
figure out how to make some changes in their menus that will help kids
in our communities grow up healthier.
So with that, are you ready to eat?
MRS. OBAMA: Who's coming with me to order a sandwich? Let's do it. Let's move! Come on, let's go, let's go. (Applause.)
END 11:27 A.M. EST
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