Healthy Habits Hero: Sam Kass

Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let's Move! and White House Assistant Chef, gives readers his tips for eating breakfast daily.

Sam Kass

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When it comes to breakfast, White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass is a Healthy Habits king. He credits Mom and Dad. "Growing up, there were a couple of hard-and-fast rules. One was that you always ate breakfast, always. It was nonnegotiable," says the Chicago native. In the Kass family kitchen, breakfast was usually hot or cold cereal and orange juice or a piece of fruit. "We never had sugary cereals. That has really informed how I eat breakfast now."

Kass says nothing has changed today, despite hyper-accelerated schedules. Breakfast needs to be a family moment—even if the family only has a few minutes. "If it's at all possible, sit down for seven minutes in the morning, and everybody have a bowl of cereal together. That helps shape kids' behavior—I'm a testament to that," Kass says.

"What we're trying to do is set our children up for success and make it easy to make good choices. Whatever you can do as a parent to help with that is key. It's good for you, and it's good for your kids to see you doing it."


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