The international community has taken notice of First Lady Michelle Obama's efforts to improve nutrition in the United States. A province in Southern Italy is dedicating a 1,400 year old olive tree known as ''the Queen'' to the First Lady for her efforts in promoting a healthy lifestyle, which reflect the values of the Mediterranean diet.
The ancient olive tree in the southeastern Italian city of Lecce produces 600 kilograms of olives a year and has a diameter of 14 meters (46 feet). The estimated 100 liters (60 gallons) of olive oil produced from the tree will be delivered to the White House beginning this fall.
''The First Lady has launched the 'Let's Move' campaign for a healthier lifestyle and diet...in perfect harmony with the requirements of a Mediterranean diet,'' the province declared in a statement. Michelle will receive the prestigious honorary award on May 25 during the Festival of the Med-Italian Diet.