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Lead a healthy life: Obama tells American kids

world Updated: Jul 10, 2013 22:08 IST
Barack Obama

In a pep talk to America's youth on his signature domestic initiative, President Barack Obama has asked them to lead a healthy life to create a "stronger, healthier America."

Addressing 54 winners, including six Indian-Americans at the 'Kids' State Dinner' held in the White House, Obama and the First Lady Michelle honoured the kid chefs for their fabulous culinary skills.

"I just want to say to all of the young people here, keep it up. You guys are going to set a good example for everybody all across the country," Obama said.

"Because you're eating healthy, and you're out there active and you're playing sports, and you're out on the playground and doing all those things, not only are you going to have a better life, but you're also helping to create a stronger, healthier America. And that saves us money. It means people are not sick as much. It means that our health care costs go down.

"So everything that you're doing really is having an impact beyond just fixing a good meal," the US President said as he strongly defended Obamacare, his signature domestic initiative.

The White House's "Kids State Dinner" is part of Michelle's initiative to tackle obesity and promote healthy eating among American children.

Obama also told the winners and their families that he and Michelle were "really proud of you winning this challenge -- because, frankly, I'm not a great cook and -- I'm not bad, but I don't do it that much.

"It's hard to find the time. But when I do cook, I'm following a recipe. And to think that all of you have invented all this fabulous food just shows how creative you are and it shows that food that tastes good can be healthy, too," he added.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.

Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant expansion and regulatory overhaul of the US healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

The ACA is aimed at increasing the affordability and rate of health insurance coverage for Americans, and reducing the overall costs of health care for individuals and the government. It provides a number of mechanisms ? including mandates, subsidies, and tax credits ? to employers and individuals to increase the coverage rate and health insurance affordability.