July 10, 2013
Orangevale's 8-year-old healthy food advocate meets Obama

nicolasobama.JPG Nicolas Come, Orangevale's 8-year-old healthy eating advocate, managed to snag an interview few reporters ever experience: Face time with the nation's president.

While at the White House for Tuesday's Kids State Dinner hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, Nicolas met President Barack Obama and interviewed him for his website, The second grader also pitched his kid-friendly health-eating mobile application.

The White House press corps posted a photo of Nicolas (shown here; he's wearing the hat) talking to Obama with the caption, "Hey Mr. President, let me tell you about my app. Your wife will love it!"

Wednesday, Nicolas was on his way home with a tape recorder full of interviews for his website.

Also in Washington, D.C., Nicolas met with Rep. Doris Matsui, the Sacramento Congresswoman who coordinated his trip and cleared the way for his White House access as a correspondent to the Kids State Dinner, which gathered youth ages 8 to 12 from around the nation. Nicolas spent almost an hour with Matsui, discussing Sacramento's Farm-to-Fork movement, community gardens and how kids can get more involved.

Matsui also arranged for Nicolas to meet Dr. Robert C. Post, associate executive director of the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Nicolas introduced Post to his Nicolas' Garden mobile app, which is available for free download from iPhone App Store and Google Play.

"What a great way to inspire more kids to make healthier eating a lifetime habit!" Post said.

Post is responsible for Mrs. Obama's "My Plate" program, which advocates healthy food choices.

"Kids my age and their families like mobile apps," Nicolas said. "You can be anywhere in the world and share important information on a digital platform. I think if all kids shared recipes and other healthy links using my Nicolas' Garden app, they would learn that growing and eating good food and being healthy can be fun!"

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