First Lady visits Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - First Lady Michelle Obama arrived at Naval Air Station Jacksonville just after 11 a.m. Thursday for a visit in the River City.
First on her agenda was meeting with culinary students from Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology who gathered on the tarmac. After a few minutes, her motorcade left for the Prime Osborn Convention Center for a Democratic fundraising luncheon.

"I still can't believe it just happened. It happened pretty quick," said student Leoniqua Jackson, who met Michelle Obama. "I found out two days ago that I would be meeting the first lady."

The Peterson students recently won the nationwide Cooking up Change healthy cooking contest. The goal of the contest was to create a healthy, great-tasting school meal that requires only six steps of preparation.

"I really hope that down the road people will look at our country and they say America saw that they had some problems with the way they were eating and they did something about it," said Judith Schmidt, a teacher at Frank H. Peterson.

"In years to come, food nutrition and health care are one of the biggest things that America needs," student Denver Singletary said.

After the first lady met with the students of Frank Peterson Academies of Technology, she continued her health campaign, meeting with local girl scouts who are trying to eat healthy and be more active.

It's all a part of her effort to reduce obesity, which has included a complete overhaul of the food pyramid and a "Let's Move" campaign.

Anna Bautista, a Girl Scout and a senior at Stanton College Preparatory School, was one of the first to greet Michelle Obama when she got off the plane.

"She said that she was very happy to meet me. She asked my name, how old I was, whether or not I was applying to college here. It was really cool," Bautista said.

Michelle Obama is the Girl Scouts' honorary president, and the organization is in the midst of celebrating its 100th anniversary.

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