First Lady Visits Tucson, Praises Students for Healthy Initiatives

First lady Michelle Obama arrived at the Tucson International Airport on Monday, where she was greeted by youth volunteers of Tucson Village Farm, a University of Arizona run urban farm that teaches youth how to grow their own food and make healthy life choices. She was also greeted by Haile Thomas, 11, who promotes healthier lifestyles as founder of the Healthy Girls Adventures club and Youth Advisory member for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. (Will Ferguson/Daily Wildcat)
First lady Michelle Obama arrived at the Tucson International Airport on Monday, where she was greeted by youth volunteers of Tucson Village Farm, a University of Arizona run urban farm that teaches youth how to grow their own food and make healthy life choices. She was also greeted by Haile Thomas, 11, who promotes healthier lifestyles as founder of the Healthy Girls Adventures club and Youth Advisory member for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. (Will Ferguson/Daily Wildcat)

First lady Michelle Obama came to Tucson Monday to meet with local students as part of her effort to promote healthy lifestyles.

Obama spoke with elementary school, middle school and college students who volunteer at Tucson Village Farm [part of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Pima County Extension] as well as some members of 4-H, a youth organization administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. According to the volunteers, she asked what they did on the farm, what vegetables they liked and what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Read more from the May 1 issue of the Arizona Daily Wildcat at http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/index.php/article/2012/04/first_lady_visits_tucson_praises_students_for_healthy_initiatives

For the Arizona Daily Star's story see http://azstarnet.com/news/local/first-lady-at-fundraiser-touts-special-tucson-tie/article_ee4e9db4-eb89-5441-93a7-3abeccdec12d.html

Tucson Village Farm is featured in the April 2012 issue of Desert Leaf at http://trendmag2.trendoffset.com/publication/?i=105167

For more information on Tucson Village Farm go to http://www.tucsonvillagefarm.org/

 

 

Date released: 
May 1 2012
Contact: 
Elizabeth Sparks