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First Lady Michelle Obama to join Newark Mayor Cory Booker, former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, James Beard Award-winning chefs at Building a Healthier Future Summit

PARTNERSHIP FOR A HEALTHIER AMERICA INAUGURAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY SUMMIT: NEW COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES ANNOUNCED

WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 21, 2011) – The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with its honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama and the private sector to end the childhood obesity epidemic in the U.S., today updated the schedule of media coverage opportunities for its inaugural Building a Healthier Future Summit, taking place Nov. 29 to 30, 2011, at the Omni-Shoreham in Washington, D.C. The Summit is now at capacity and sold out for attendees.

PHA honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to keynote the Summit on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 during the session that runs from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Detailed security procedures for media who wish to cover the First Lady’s speech are available upon registering at news@ahealthieramerica.org.

The First Lady’s speech anchors the Summit, which also includes the Great American Family Dinner Challenge taking place Tuesday night. The Challenge pairs James Beard Award-winning chefs Tom Colicchio and Maria Hines against Holly Smith and Ming Tsai to cook a healthy dinner for two real families on a SNAP (food stamp) budget.

The Summit dinner for attendees will feature James Beard Award winners and nominees, Floyd Cardoz, Koren Grieveson, Michel Nischan and Anne Quatrano. All chefs were challenged to prepare three healthy courses on a tight budget. The dinner is OPEN PRESS and members of the media are invited to try all four of the chef’s creations.

Media interested in covering the plenary sessions or attending media availabilities should contact PHA for credentials by emailing news@ahealthieramerica.org.

Media interested in attending dinner and covering the Great American Family Dinner Challenge must RSVP to PHA by Nov. 23 by emailing news@ahealthieramerica.org. Seating is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

WHO

  • The Honorable Cory Booker, mayor of Newark and PHA honorary vice-chair

  • The Honorable Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate majority leader and PHA honorary vice-chair

  • James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD, PHA board chair

  • Select national leaders from the corporate, non-profit and public sectors, who will announce new commitments to the childhood obesity fight

WHAT

Remarks Delivered to Opening Plenary Session

WHEN

11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 29

(Lunch served)

WHO

  • The Honorable Cory Booker, mayor of Newark and PHA honorary vice-chair

  • The Honorable Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate majority leader and PHA honorary vice-chair

  • James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD, PHA board chair

WHAT

Media Availability

WHEN

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 29

WHO

  • James Beard Award-winning and nominated chefs who will cook a healthy, affordable meal for Summit attendees on Tuesday evening, including Floyd Cardoz (North End Grill, New York City); Koren Grieveson (avec, Chicago); Michel Nischan (Dressing Room: A Homegrown Restaurant, Westport, CT); Anne Quatrano (Bacchanalia, Atlanta)

WHAT

Media Availability

WHEN

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 29

WHO

  • Great American Family Dinner Challenge competing chefs, who include James Beard Award-winners Tom Colicchio (Craft restaurants, New York City); Maria Hines (Tilth, Seattle); Holly Smith (Café Juanita, Kirkland, WA) and Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger, Wellesley, MA)

WHAT

Media Availability

WHEN

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 29

WHO

  • Dinner prepared by Floyd Cardoz (North End Grill, New York City), Koren Grieveson (avec, Chicago), Michel Nischen (Dressing Room’, Westport, CT), and Anne Quatrano (Bacchanalia, Floataway Cafe and Abottair, Atlanta, GA)

WHAT

Dinner

WHEN

7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 29

WHO

Great American Family Dinner Challenge

WHAT

Event

WHEN

8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 29

WHO

  • FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

  • James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD, PHA board chair

  • Select national leaders from the corporate, non-profit and public sectors, who will announce new commitments to the childhood obesity fight

WHAT

  • Closing Plenary Session

WHEN

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 30