To fight childhood obesity, Michelle Obama promotes ‘Let’s Move’

First Lady Michelle Obama plays soccer as she joins the US Soccer Foundation, Major League Soccer, Women's Professional Soccer, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and others at a soccer clinic in Washington, DC, to highlight the Let's Move! campaign and the importance of children getting 60 minutes of active play each day.  (AFP  PHOTO/Jim WATSON)
First Lady Michelle Obama plays soccer as she joins the US Soccer Foundation, Major League Soccer, Women's Professional Soccer, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and others at a soccer clinic in Washington, DC, to highlight the Let's Move! campaign and the importance of children getting 60 minutes of active play each day. (AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON)
Posted Nov. 18, 2010, at 5:31 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 18, 2010, at 9:39 a.m.

First lady Michelle Obama is bringing her children’s fitness and healthy eating campaign nationwide with the health program “Let’s Move.”

Mrs. Obama will visit Newark, N.J., Thursday afternoon to talk with students about how eating better and exercising more can improve their lives. The program has so far reached hundreds of cities with strategies that fight childhood obesity and promote longterm health.

Last month, the program’s Walk to School Month ended with more than 3,500 communities from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico taking part, according to Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School. “The challenge – and opportunity – for all American families is to continue that excitement and focus on getting out and moving more each day, every day,” she said. “Not just during the official month of celebration.”

In July, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius launched the Let’s Move Cities and Towns component of the Let’s Move! campaign at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK. Addressing an audience of more than 400 mayors and municipal staffs, Secretary Sebelius encouraged local officials to adopt a long-term, sustainable and holistic approach to fight child obesity in their communities.

According to Sebelius, Let’s Move Cities and Towns reaffirms the commitment Michelle Obama made to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in January to work in partnership with local leaders to tackle the challenge of child obesity.

The program aims to engage parents, schools, community leaders and kids in promoting healthier eating habits, more regular exercise and a healthier, active lifestyle.

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