First Lady Gets Her Hands Dirty to Promote Healthy Living in Chicago

By ABC News

Oct 25, 2011 6:40pm

ABC News’ Andrew Fies reports:

The first lady looked as much  fashion plate as farmhand as she toured Iron Street urban farm on Chicago’s south side Tuesday.

In town to support Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s effort to shrink “inner-city food deserts”  — areas devoid of grocery stores and healthy food choices — and to advance her own agenda of healthy eating and fitness, the first lady toured the urban farm and learned about aquaponics, worm composting and various types of indoor agriculture, such as oyster mushroom chandeliers.

At one point standing over a compost pile, the first lady  picked up a worm and said mischievously to the media, “It’s alive!”

Obama went down rows of “curly” kale in one of the several greenhouses that sit outside the large warehouse facility, receiving guidance from farm staff tending these year-round crops.

Johnny Evans was a staff member who said he talked to Obama.

“We grow these greens year-round in these green houses, all natural, no electricity,” the 19-year-old said he told the first lady. “The compost keeps it warm.”

Obama looked sleek, comfortable and fashionable in black pants and a tan-and-black- nautical-striped long-sleeve jersey that gathered to a bow on her right shoulder.

At the event, the first lady joined Emanuel to announce the opening of 17 new grocery stores across the city.

Her stop today is part of Obama’s national tour to promote her Let’s Move initiative. The campaign aims to promote healthy eating and exercise while combating childhood obesity. Earlier this month, Obama rallied with 400 children in an effort to break the world record for most people doing jumping jacks in a day, calling the National Geographic Kids sponsored program “Let’s Jump!”

Wednesday night the first lady hosts a fundraiser for her husband in the Windy City.

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