Michelle Obama on obesity: Time for a wake-up call
After weeks of buzz and buildup, Michelle Obama introduced "Let's Move," her initiative to fight childhood obesity.
Surrounded in the White House State Dining Room by a sports star, doctor, urban farmer and, of course, the ever-present students from Bancroft Elementary, Obama outlined her plan, which includes establishing a high-powered task force, improving school lunch and, most notably, allocating $400 million per year to eliminate "food deserts," areas without grocery stores or access to fresh and healthful food.
"This isn't like a disease where we're still waiting for the cure to be discovered - we know the cure for this," Obama said of childhood obesity. "We have everything we need, right now, to help our kids lead healthy lives. Rarely in the history of this country have we encountered a problem of such magnitude and consequence that is so eminently solvable."
After all the buildup, many White House watchers may not see much new in the announcement. In speeches at the garden on the White House lawn and, most recently, at the US Conference of Mayors, Obama has outlined the importance of improving food in schools, encouraging physical activity and making it easier and more affordable for parents and children to eat well.
But Obama did serve up details on several specific initiatives. And, reading between the lines, she seemed to make clear what the White House's legislative priorities are for the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act that Congress will take up this year.
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February 9, 2010; 4:34 PM ET
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