Michelle Obama promises childhood obesity plan
By Jane Black
In another sign that Michelle Obama is making healthful eating by children her signature issue, the first lady promised to outline a "major initiative on childhood obesity that will mobilize the combined resources of the federal government" to work with cities, foundations, businesses and non-profits.
The goals of the initiative include increasing the number of USDA-accredited "healthy schools," where children have access to nutritious food; providing more opportunities for kids to be physically active; and ensuring that healthful food is available in low-income neighborhoods.
"The idea here is very simple: to put in place commonsense initiatives and solutions that empower families and communities to make healthy decisions for their kids," Obama told the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington on Wednesday.
Obama chose to make the announcement of the announcement (this is how things roll in Washington) to mayors because they play a unique role in these issues, said Obama's policy director, Jocelyn Frye. The initiative has been in the works, she added, since last spring.
January 20, 2010; 8:49 PM ET
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