First Lady Promotes “Let’s Move”

A short while back, we heard about First Lady Michelle Obama and her attempt to fight childhood obesity.

“In the end, as First Lady, this isn’t just a policy issue for me. This is a passion.
This is my mission. I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition.”
- First Lady Michelle Obama

The Let’s Move! campaign, started by First Lady Michelle Obama, has an ambitious national goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight. Let’s Move! will combat the epidemic of childhood obesity through a comprehensive approach that will engage every sector impacting the health of children and will provide schools, families and communities simple tools to help kids be more active, eat better, and get healthy.

Mrs. Obama began a national conversation about the health of America’s children when she broke ground on the White House Kitchen Garden with students from a local elementary school in Washington, DC. Through the garden, she began a discussion with kids about nutrition and the role food plays in living a healthy life. That discussion grew into the Let’s Move! campaign.

At the launch of the campaign, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum creating the first ever Task Force on Childhood Obesity to conduct a review of every single program and policy relating to child nutrition and physical activity and develop a national action plan to maximize federal resources and set concrete benchmarks toward the First Lady’s national goal. The Task Force’s recommendation focus on the four pillars of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign:

empowering parents and caregivers
providing healthy food in schools
improving access to healthy, affordable foods
increasing physical activity.
This problem can’t be solved just by passing laws in Washington. It’s going to take all of us—governors, mayors, doctors, nurses, businesses, non-profits, educators, parents—to tackle the challenge once and for all, so Let’s Move to end the epidemic of childhood obesity together.

According to the CDC, Key Strategies to Prevent Obesity

The percentage of children who are obese1 has more than doubled, and among adolescents the rates have more than tripled since 1980. Obesity is a risk factor for health conditions such as diabetes and is associated with problems such as poor self-esteem. The good news is that schools can help students and staff adopt healthy eating and physical activity behaviors that are the keys to preventing obesity.
Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%.1,2

Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
Obese youth are more likely than youth of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

Find out more about Let’s Move

Comments

  1. Irene says:

    I so agree with this. Kids need to be active to be healthy! And the habits they learn now will stay with them, hopefully, as they grow up into healthy adults.

  2. Jennie says:

    I think (all politics aside) that every single one of Mrs. Obama’s pet projects are completely admirable. I love her dedication to healthy living in all areas from ending childhood obesity through activity, to emphasizing healthy eating habits, from the organic garden on the White House lawn to her commitment to propagating breastfeeding.

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  4. dawn says:

    What a great idea! I know it is a constant battle to get my son out of the front of the TV/ Video games. I hope I can get him to realize there is so much more fun stuff he could be doing! Following you from Follow Me Friday, Love your blog!
    dawn
    http://flipoutmama.blogspot.com/

  5. Sheila says:

    Hopping in from the comment club.
    I agree, childhood obesity is a huge problem-no pun intended. More does need to be done to get kids on the move and parents to be educated.

  6. New Jersey Memories says:

    I think many of the reasons for childhood obesity is because of the parents. I see parents in the Food Court in the mall feeding babies soda and french fries. I’ve seen little kids in strollers munching on Rice Krispie Treats! This is just so disgusting!

    If the parents have bad eating habits they teach it to the children! Everyone is “biggie sizing” today! Remember when the Big Mac looked huge? Now it looks small! Kids don’t go outside to play anymore. They are sitting on front of the TV or the computer, because the parents are too lazy to make them stop.

    Of course many parents are afraid to let the kids play outside because of crime. But the parents could still play with them! Everyone is too busy shopping and eating!

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