Yesterday first lady, Michelle Obama, hosted the third annual “Kids’ State Dinner” to promote healthy appetites and eating habits for children. Sacramento region resident, nine-year-old Nicolas Come attended the event as the “Healthy Kids” reporter representing Clear Channel Communications and NG.TV. According to the Associated Press report, the first lady said: "The truth is, is that if 8-, 9- and 10-year-old kids can cook and happily eat a healthy, tasty meal, then there is absolutely no reason why we can't get nutritious food into every school in this country that kids will actually enjoy.”
Reinforcing the first lady’s point about kids enjoying healthy food, Come himself was a picky eater who after discovering an appreciation for healthy food through gardening was determined to share his insights and passion about “farm-to-fork” eating with other children. With the support of his father and the Sacramento Hacker Lab, Come created a healthy eating app and digital platform for kids called, Nicoals' Garden.
According to spokesperson Drisha Leggitt, over this past week Come interviewed officials at the Office of Safe and Healthy Students, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture and Congresswoman Doris Matsui. Come hopes to convince the kids who win the First Lady’s healthy recipe contest to share them on his app.
“Kids my age and their families like mobile apps,” Come stated. “You can be anywhere in the world and share important information [with my app]. I think if all kids shared recipes and other healthy links using Nicolas’ Garden App, they would learn that growing and eating good food and being healthy can be fun!”
The mobile app and digital platform promotes healthy, “Farm-to-Fork” behaviors, by allowing children and families to share healthy, family- and kid-friendly recipes, create meal plans and shopping lists, learn easy and fun cooking tips, play health-related games, and link to other healthy programs and services. Folks can access Come’s interviews with Washington D.C. officials and commentary through the Nicolas' Garden website.
Come is now recording and will soon be airing, a “by kids; for kids,” “Farm-to-Fork Fun Show”, teaching children about their food’s origins and how-to make tasty, healthy meals with it.