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First lady promoted exercise and nutrition during visit with Va. school children


First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hand out fruit to school children at Hollin Meadows Elementary School in Alexandria. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By Michael Alison Chandler
First lady Michelle Obama visited Hollin Meadows Elementary School in Alexandria on Wednesday to tour the school's outdoor classrooms and promote the importance of nutrition and physical education to learning.

"Anyone who has kids knows they need recess and exercise to focus. If you own a dog, you know that," Obama said, drawing laughs from school officials.

The aging brick school, which has a science and math focus, has more than 14,000 square feet of gardens on its campus, and teachers often bring their lessons outside. The courtyard hosts an outdoor library, and math and science lessons can involve measuring worms or studying the anatomy of real plants, rather than diagrams. It was one of 61 schools in Fairfax County recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for an emphasis on health and nutrition.

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Note the WaPo's selection of the photo to run of the First Lady..the one with the apparently Muslim kid. What a joke.

I suggest Lady Obama and the WaPo take the opportunity to stand up for women's (and a little girl's) rights and demand that children not be subjected to draconian Islamic dress codes in this country, in school or otherwise. We could take a lesson from France in this regard.

Posted by: flintston | November 20, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Although I applaud Michelle Obama's attention to the health schoolchildren, she needs to put some muscle behind her commitment and support healthy school initiatives like National Healthy Schools Day, promoted by Healthy Schools Network, and the US EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools program.

The EPA has determined that half of our nation's school have environmental conditions that are unsafe for school children and teachers. We can expect that number to increase with funding cutbacks and aging buildings.


Advice for good nutrition and increasing exercise can do little to help children battling environmental illnesses - like asthma. I know- I battle daily just to breathe. I was seriously and permanently injured from solvents used at the school where I was teaching. http://www.nancyswan.com

Posted by: nancyswan | November 19, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse


MRS. OBAMA (staff, pls. fwd.): PLEASE ALERT POTUS TO THIS:

We know from press accounts that the Fort Hood shooter was harassed, perhaps "community stalked." Did this rogue program help drive him over the edge?

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• Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan
• FEMA Director Craig Fugate
• NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander
• Former JSOC Commander Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal
• DIA Director Maj. Gen. Michael Maples
• DOJ Asst. Atty. Gen./National Security David Kris
• CIA Deputy Director Stephen Kappes
• FBI Director Robert Mueller

TEAM OBAMA, CONGRESS MUST ASK: What do they know -- and when did they know it?

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http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-censors-net-while-obama-lectures-china-net-censorship

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 18, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Someone tell this communist's wife that Halloween is over.

Posted by: MillionSix | November 18, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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