In an interview with Marian Burros of The New York Times, October 13, 2004 Heinz Kerry said that she will bring manufacturers, chefs together to improve food in public schools. She said, "Schools and communities have to commit to the idea of being healthy. We have to start looking at the food, the drinks and sports as nice, good healthy living. It could save $50 billion to $60 billion if we could stop diabetes."
The article includes this quote: "We can't be a nation content to have young children at 7 and 8 suffering from adult onset diabetes." "That's not right; it's a preventable thing. I am very concerned about junk food in the schools."
Mrs. Heinz Kerry would be perhaps the nation's first "foodie" first lady. According to Burros: "The depth of her knowledge about food safety and nutrition comes from extensive reading and from consultations with experts. " During her first marriage (Senator John Heinz) she was a stay-at-home Mom, who prepared all the meals for the family and taught her three sons to cook.
The article gives some insight into a foodie's nightmare, a year on the campaign trail and away from a kitchen and control over what you eat. Here's what Heinz Kerry said: "I've gained so much weight now because I eat late and I'm so tired, it's just very hard. For someone who has always been thin, either you become neurotic about it or give up and say, when this is over I'll deal with it. I'll cut out wine."