Michelle Obama Promotes “Let’s Move” Campaign on “Larry King Live” (VIDEO)
One-third of American children are overweight or obese, and First Lady Michelle Obama is doing something about it. She’s launched a new campaign called “Let’s Move,” which aims to reduce childhood obesity in the United States within a generation. Obama asked parents, teachers, physicians, coaches and kids to get involved and suggested they look at the new Let’s Move website for helpful tips, strategies and updates on beating obesity in children.
Weight can be a touchy subject, especially for teenage girls. As a parent, how can you help your daughter get healthy without damaging her self-esteem? Obama maintained that this campaign is not about looks or weight. ”Teachers are seeing the challenges that kids with weight issues are having — not being able to participate in gym, feeling a little more sluggish,” she told Larry King last night. “It’s not about weight … it’s about fitness and it’s about overall nutrition.”
Obama has already made changes within her own family, including smaller portion sizes, more cooked meals, a dessert ban on weekdays and substituting sugary drinks with milk, water and fresh-squeezed juices. “The point is that small changes made a difference,” she said. Still, she knows that big changes need to be made in school lunches, since many students consume half their daily calories from those meals. How will we pay for it? Check out the video: