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Michelle Obama hoops it up for health

By Jane Black
Michelle Obama instinctively knows that there is only so often that parents and kids want to hear about a healthful lifestyle. So the first lady found a new way to get their attention. She hula-hooped. Really, really well.

On a brilliant autumn day on the White House's South Lawn, Obama also jumped rope (less successfully). She ran an obstacle course (shoeless). And she sampled good-for-you baked apples, zucchini quesadillas and a sweet and spicy popcorn snack, prepared by chefs with ingredients that are available to every public school in the country.

The only activity Obama turned down was the Moon Bounce (which, to be fair, was pretty crowded). But the message was clear: Eating well and exercising don't have to be punishing. They can be fun.

"We want our children to eat right, not just because it's the right thing to do but because, quite frankly, healthy, good food tastes good, and we want them to experience that," she told parents and children from seven local schools who were invited for a Healthy Kids Fair on the South Lawn. "We don't just want our kids to exercise because we tell them to. We want them to exercise because it's fun and they enjoy it. And we want them to learn now how to lead good, healthy lifestyles so that they're not struggling to figure out how to do that when they're older."

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Posted at 5:50 PM ET on Oct 21, 2009  | Category:  Washington Life
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Well First Lady you are as clueless as your spouse and all in the Senate and Congress! If you, your husband and the entire Senate and Congress wanted to really provide health care for all americans then you would just offer all the same health care that you all receive thanks to our taxes! You won't offer this nor will you all sign-up for the helath care you are pushing ! Why? Because if the average person read and investigated this package they would realize it is worse than what most have today. Obama and the democrats owe the financial, technology and health care industry executives a lot for getting your family in the white house and it has cost the working americans 5Million jobs, a deficit that our grand children will be paying for, a dollar that is worthless, the most illegals in this country in over 50 years and discrimination (race, gender and religion,etc..) to its highest levels in our country history! Great work yes indeed!

Posted by: junebug9257 | October 24, 2009 2:19 PM

I particularly liked it that -- after she messed up in jumping rope -- (a) she didn't do that embarrassed, self-deprecating howl that most of us females do, and (b)she tried it again . . . and again. Now THAT's a model.

Posted by: ldav | October 22, 2009 7:09 PM

Nice Michelle, now is your chance to motivate Seniors Citizens. Help Drop Puplic Option. It is wrong and unfair,
Remember it was the senior that made your life possible and free from worry.

Posted by: akeegan2 | October 22, 2009 9:04 AM

You go Michelle! Way to be First Mama!

Posted by: vickie105 | October 21, 2009 6:53 PM

Way cool! Great form! Good advice First Lady!

Posted by: bcs2k | October 21, 2009 6:50 PM

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