The head of first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” program is moving on.
Sam Kass, executive director of “Let’s Move!” and the personal chef for the first family, is leaving the White House to live in New York, the White House announced Monday. His White House tenure will end at the end of the month.
“Sam has been an integral part of ‘Let's Move!’ from its very beginning -- from discussions about children's health around my kitchen table in Chicago, to setting the strategic vision of a national campaign in the White House, to spearheading efforts with the private sector across the country,” the first lady said in a statement.
“Sam leaves an extraordinary legacy of progress, including healthier food options in grocery store aisles, more nutritious school lunches, and new efforts that have improved how healthy food is marketed to our kids,” she continued. “I wish Sam success in all his future endeavors, and I know he will continue to be a leader in the vitally important work to build a healthier country.”
Kass’s successor as senior adviser for nutrition policy will be named in the new year, according to the White House. He married MSNBC host Alex Wagner in August.
“From constructing our Kitchen Garden to brewing our own Honey Brown Ale, Sam has left an indelible mark on the White House,” President Barack Obama said. “And with the work he has done to inspire families and children across this country to lead healthier lives, Sam has made a real difference for our next generation. Over the years, Sam has grown from a close friend to a critical member of my team, and I am grateful for his outstanding work and look forward to seeing all that he will continue to achieve in the years ahead.”