Michelle Obama pushes childhood fitness at NAACP Convention

The time had come for dramatic changes to the diets of African Americans and young people across the country, US first lady Michelle Obama told... More Below... Posted by on Jul 13th, 2010 and filed under Food.

The time had come for dramatic changes to the diets of African Americans and young people across the country, US first lady Michelle Obama told the NAACP Convention meeting in Kansas City last Monday.

Pushing her “Let’s Move” initiative designed to attack childhood obesity, Obama said that the scourge of overeating is threatening the nation’s future.

She added that one in every three children in the US is overweight or obese.

Obama also said that “we need to take this issue seriously”—as seriously as the need for better schools, a halt to gun violence, and the threat of AIDS.

The first lady was speaking just four days after her husband was in town to promote green jobs and raise money for Democratic US Senate candidate Robin Carnahan.

After her first year in office, she undertook her first lead role in an administration-wide initiative. Her goal was to make progress in reversing the 21st century trend of childhood obesity.

She stated that her goal is to make this effort her legacy: “I want to leave something behind that we can say, ‘Because of this time that this person spent here, this thing has changed.’ And my hope is that that’s going to be in the area of childhood obesity.”

Obama has named the movement “Let’s Move!” This effort does not supplant her other efforts: supporting military families, helping working women balance career and family, encouraging national service, promoting the arts and arts education, and fostering healthy eating and healthy living for children and families across the country. She has earned widespread publicity on the topic of healthy eating by planting the first white house vegetable garden since Eleanor Roosevelt served as first lady.

(Thanks to BND.com and Wikipedia)