Obama, Michelle. “First Lady Michelle Obama Launches Let’s Move: America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids.” The White House. 09 Feb. 2010. Web. 20 Mar. 2012. <http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/first-lady-michelle-obama-launches-lets-move-americas-move-raise-a-healthier-genera>.
Michelle Obama wrote this about her campaign, Let’s Move, which “combat[s] the epidemic of childhood obesity through a comprehensive approach that builds on effective strategies, and mobilizes public and private sector resources” (Obama). Their main goal is to help children in America to stay healthy by being more active and eating better (Obama). The Partnership for a Healthier America is fighting along the side of let’s Move to help end the epidemic of childhood obesity (Obama). Michelle Obama started out this organization with Bancroft Elementary School in Washington, DC. By having the students grow plants so they can learn “about proper nutrition and the role food plays in living a healthy life” (Obama). It is proven that “one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives” (Obama). One in three children are obese or overweight in America; these rates have triples in the past three decades (Obama). Mrs. Obama states, “This isn’t the kind of problem that can be solved overnight, but with everyone working together, it can be solved. So, let’s move” (Obama). The President signed a Presidential Memorandum, which is the first Task Force on Childhood Obesity (Obama). This program “conduct[s] a review of every single program and policy relating to child nutrition and physical activity and develop a national action plan that maximizes federal resources and sets concrete benchmarks toward the First Lady’s national goal” (Obama).
The first part of Let’s Move is helping parents make healthy choices for their family because in the world we live in today, this is very hard for parents to do. By the end of the year, Mrs. Obama wrote this in 2010, the Food and Drug Administration will start labeling their packages on the front, also known as front-of-package labeling (Obama). Also, the American Beverage Association joined in by putting a clear label on all cans and bottles (Obama).This will help parents see and notice the nutrition facts, therefore making better health decision for their family (Obama). Let’s Move will also provide parents with doctors and nurses that are well educated about childhood obesity to monitor BMI, counseling, and write prescriptions that will “increase healthy eating and active play” (Obama). There is also a campaign that increases public awareness about the issue of childhood obesity. This program gets professional athletes and other famous people to encourage children to live healthy lives (Obama). The USDA has also created a Food Environment Atlas which “maps healthy food environments at the local level across the country” (Obama). This information can be used by anyone to create change across the country (Obama).
The next step is to serve healthier food in schools because most children consume half of their daily calories at school (Obama). Since children are eating a lot of their daily calories at school, we need to make sure that the calories that they are in taking are healthy instead of unhealthy (Obama). “With more than 31 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 11 million participating in the National School Breakfast Program, good nutrition at school is more important than ever” (Obama). The Child Nutrition Act has established new kitchens in schools, better training for workers, and additional funding to serve fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products (Obama). Let’s Move is also trying to double the amount of schools that are participating in the Healthier US School Challenge which includes good food quality, physical activity, and nutrition education (Obama). Also, the food supplies have promised to reduce the amount of sugar, salt, and fat in school meals while increasing whole grains (Obama).
Another part of Let’s Move is accessing healthy and affordable food. Like we have learned in class, “More than 23 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in low-income urban and rural neighborhoods that are more than a mile from a supermarket” (Obama). The lack of assess of healthy food is one of the many reasons why “children are not eating the recommended levels of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains” (Obama). This program will strive to eliminate food deserts by paying “$400 million a year to help bring grocery stores to underserved areas” (Obama). Their goal is to eliminate food deserts within 7 years (Obama). Increasing Farmers Markets is also very important to this program.
Increasing Physical Activity is a very important part of Let’s Move. Children need to spend 60 minutes of their day doing some sort of physical activity; however, the average child in America spends at least 7.5 hours a day in front of the television or using some other sort of electronics such as cellphones, computers, etc. (Obama). One way to get children active is by the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge. The Council wants to increase participation in this program by expanding it and by doubling the number of awards they give out (Obama). There is an act it improve school environment like improving physical education programs in schools (Obama). “Professional athletes from twelve leagues including NFL, MLB, WNBA, and MLS have joined the First Lady on the Let’s Move campaign” (Obama).
This is a reliable and credible source because it is coming from Mrs. Obama who is in charge of Let’s Move. This article agrees with all my articles and even shares some of the same facts.