2011 White House Easter Egg Roll Promotes Health & WellnessApr 25th, 2011 | By Kim Harrison | Category: Health
Today the President and First Family joined 30,000 guests from all 50 states for the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s event was themed around the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to promote health and wellness.
Following the rolling of Easter eggs across the White House lawn, President Obama addressed the crowd to kick off an all-day line-up of activities. The President’s comments praised the First Lady for working with military families, fighting childhood obesity, and “keeping me in line.” He also complimented “our outstanding Easter bunny.” Michelle Obama took the opportunity to remind the audience of her health and wellness initiative, saying, “As you know, I’m a big proponent of getting up and going.”
Themes from Sesame Street preceded the President’s address. The day of live music included Greyson Chance, John Lithgow, Colbie Caillat, Willow Smith, Little Beats and DJ Willy Wow, and Mindless Behavior.
Celebrities from Sesame Street and others like Geena Davis read books to children. The President and First Lady read from Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault’s popular Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Their daughters read from Maurice Sendak’s classic Where The Wild Things Are.
Celebrity chefs like Howard Helmer and Jacques Pepin showed children how to “Play With Your Food” while eating healthy.
Children from all elementary and middle school students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia submitted poster designs for the egg roll, with the winning designs selected by the First Lady. The overall winners were Morgan Ferrans, a twelve year old at Maryvale Preparatory School in Brooklandville, Maryland, and Alyssa Pendergast, a twelve year old attending Harper Park Middle School, whose designs can be viewed at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/04/15/announcing-2011-white-house-easter-egg-roll-poster-contest-winners. Congratulations, Morgan and Alyssa!
Wooden commemorative eggs are available at http://easter.nationalparks.org/.