Michelle Obama pledges not to slow down, despite the fact her second and final term as first lady is winding down. She made the comments in an interview with an Italian publication touting her Let's Move health initiative.
The publication asked, "You just celebrated the fifth anniversary of your initiative “Let’s Move!” What are the best results you have achieved and the next goals?"
"Through Let’s Move! we have started a new conversation about how we eat and live in the U.S., and the results we’ve seen are beyond anything we could ever have imagined. 1.6 million kids are now attending healthier daycare centers where fruits and vegetables have replaced cookies and juice, and more than 30 million kids are eating healthier school breakfasts and lunches. Two million kids now have a Let’s Move! salad bar in their school, and nearly nine million kids attendLet’s Move! Active Schools where theyget 60 minutes of physical activity a day," said Obama.
"Thousands of chain restaurants have created healthier kids’ menus, and food and beverage companies cut 6.4 trillion calories from their products. 70 million people now live in a Let’s Move! City, Town or County where kidscan walk to school on new sidewalks, participate in a summer meal program, or join a local athletic league. Religious leaders are teaching their congregations about healthy eating through Let’s Move! Faith and Communities; families are getting active in our national parks through our Let’s Move! Outside initiative;andkids are enjoyinghealthy eating exhibits at one of the nearly 700 Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens.
"Taken together, these changes are starting to have an impact. Childhood obesity rates have finally stopped rising, and obesity rates are actually falling among our youngest children.But while the progress we’ve made is impressive, it’s also incredibly fragile, and we still have a long way to go before we finally solve this problem. And while I am in my final stretch as First Lady, I have no intention of slowing down on this issue. I plan to continue this work long after I leave the White House."
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The White House has released video of First Lady Michelle Obama working out. The video is meant to encourage others to exercise.
Obama begins the video by saying, "I want to emphasize that you should only do exercises like these with a coach or a parent around to make sure you're using the right form. That's how you can both get active and stay safe."
President Obama has arrived in Chicago, where he'll spend the night before two public events in his hometown. The president did not travel with his family.
He's now dining out with top adviser Valerie Jarrett and various friends, according to the White House pool report. They're at the steak house RPM Steak, where a nice cut can cost up tp $155, according to the restaurant's website.
Here's what Obama has on tap in Chicago tomorrow, according to the White House:
The professional press corps has been frozen out of Michelle Obama's swing through China. But the White House has partnered with CNN to bring in amateurs. Katie Hawkins-Gaar, a CNN editor, coordinated the effort to solicit and accumulate submissions from "iReporters" interested in asking questions about the "importance of students learning from one another's cultures," Mrs. Obama's stated emphasis for this trip.
The office of First Lady Michelle Obama is taking credit for moving the nation "towards a new, healthier norm," according to a press release celebrating the four year anniversary of the "Let's Move" initiative.
First Lady Michelle Obama's office is holding a conference call with reporters now to tout her "New Effort To Encourage Everyone to Drink More Water," according to the White House. The content of the call is "embargoed until 6:00AM ET on Thursday, September 12."
In Dakar, Senegal, speaking at the Martin Luther King Middle School, First Lady Michelle Obama likened her upbringing to the upbringing of the Senegalese children at the school. Obama told the children of her "experience," and how it was similar to theirs.