You may have heard of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, but did you know that Austin has local events and partnerships connected to Michelle Obama’s aspirations to fight obesity?
Food and nutrition journalist/activist Toni Tipton-Martin founded the Austin-based SANDE Youth Project four years ago as a nonprofit organization meant to promote the connection between cultural heritage, food and health. The mobile cooking program’s name stands for instilling Spirit, Attitude, Nutrition, Deeds and Effort in young people.
The project’s partnership with the University of Texas Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and other organizations have aided its mission to increase awareness about African Americans’ rich culinary and cultural heritage while teach basic cooking skills and nutrition to at-risk youth and their families. SANDE founder and director Tipton-Martin recently attended the three-year anniversary of Michelle Obama’s initiative at the White House.
On April 7, SANDE will host the Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair in partnership with Edible Austin Magazine, the City of Austin and the Children’s Environmental Health Institute. The free event will be held at the French Legation, 802 San Marcos St., from 1 to 5 p.m. Families are invited to bring a blanket, pack a picnic and attend the fair, which will include local food vendors, a film and tastings. Learn more about the event here: http://www.edibleaustin.com/picnic