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Of the People

Cooking Up A Healthy Lifestyle
Join Sam Kass, the Executive Director of Let's Move!, in the White House kitchen to discuss the importance of nutrition and healthy choices.


Of the People Event Details

A Live Cooking Demonstration and a Discussion about Nutrition

Harvest time presents the perfect opportunity for classrooms across the country to learn about food and healthy eating. Transport your classroom into the White House kitchen to watch Sam Kass cook up a healthy snack alongside a student. Students will learn the many benefits of making healthy choices a habit in their lives.

This archived event is appropriate for grades 3 and up.

Learning Outcomes

To provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the food cycle and the significance of the harvest
  • Learn about the benefits of using fresh ingredients in cooking
  • Better understand the role nutrition plays in their energy levels
    and well-being
  • Encourage them to make healthy food choices every day

Classroom Activities

Here is a collection of lesson plans and resources that will reinforce the importance of healthy, active lifestyles in and out of the classroom.


Sam Kass
Executive Director, Let's Move!

Maurice Morris
Student, Roosevelt Senior High School
DC Public Schools

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About the Of the People Event Series

Broadcast live, Of the People takes students to Washington, D.C. for a behind-the-scenes look at the people, places and issues that shape and inform our world.
Hosted by students and featuring key government leaders, this Virtual Field Trip series transports young learners beyond the walls of their classrooms to inquire, explore and discover.

Sunrise Tuscan Chicken Recipe


For Chicken:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Handful fresh basil leaves
  • Juice of 1 lemon
For Pasta & Sauce:
  • 1 pound whole-wheat penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
For Sunrise:
  • 3 tangelos, halved
  • 6 large strawberries, sliced


1) Place chicken in a large plastic resealable bag. Add basil, lemon juice, and olive oil. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to marinate.

2) In a large saute pan, warm the olive oil over moderate heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes, or until fully cooked. Set aside, let cool, and then slice.

3) In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook pasta until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

4) In a large saute pan on medium-low heat, warm the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth, cherry tomatoes, lemon, spinach, and salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes or until the broth is reduced by half. Add the pasta and stir. Serve pasta with sliced chicken and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Place the tangelo on the plate, face up, and add strawberry slices around to create the sun!

468 calories; 17g fat; 39g carbohydrates; 24g protein

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