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Obamas welcome trick-or-treaters, president proclaims National Diabetes Month

2013_1101_WH_Halloween Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, left, passes out treats as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet trick-or-treaters at the White House Thursday. Also shown at left is Marion Robinson, the first lady’s mother. (White House/Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed more than 5,000 child trick-or-treaters to the White House Thursday evening, the same day that the president proclaimed November as National Diabetes Month.

First Grandmother Marion Robinson joined the fun, but Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, dressed as a swami with a brocade hat and coat as he stood beside his bosses, was the man of the hour for cooking the thousands of orange-iced Sweet Dough Butter Cookies, shaped like the White House, that anchored the goody bags, Obama Foodorama reported.

Also included were presidential M&Ms, in white boxes decorated with stars and the president’s autograph on one side and the presidential seal on the other. A scoop of dried fruit mix — “trick worthy,” according to some young guests — and jelly beans were also included.

While there was no talk of children limiting the consumption of goodies on Halloween, earlier in the day Obama proclaimed November as National Diabetes Month.

“With our next generation in mind, First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative has taken on the staggering rise in childhood obesity our nation has seen over the past three decades, and ‘Let’s Move!’ is empowering families and communities to put children on a path to healthier futures,” the president stated in his proclamation.

“Obese children face an increased risk of adult obesity and all the health risks that come with it, including Type 2 diabetes. By connecting children with healthy, affordable food options and the opportunity to be active in their communities, ‘Let’s Move!’ is helping our sons and daughters reach a healthier, more promising tomorrow.”