Mrs. Obama Resumes Federal Agency Tour
After a self-described "summer break," First Lady Michelle Obama resumed her tour of federal agencies on Tuesday with a visit to the Department of Health and Human Services.
The first lady focused most of her remarks on the "major public health threat" of childhood obesity, which in 20 to 30 years can morph into heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, missed days of work and lost productivity, according to a pool report of her remarks.
As recently as two years ago as a busy mom, she said she often turned to a drive-through window to feed Sasha and Malia, big fans of pizza and burgers. A warning from the girls’ pediatrician led her to change course.
“I was shocked. I felt we had our stuff together," she told the crowd at HHS headquarters' Great Hall.
The “ease” of the drive-through window had meant trips there “were like heaven,” she said. Now, if her daughters fight their servings of healthy food, she tells them, “You don’t have to like it. Just finish it.”
In her continuing efforts to tout her husband's accomplishments, Mrs. Obama also noted that economic stimulus plan sets aside $1 billion in funding for prevention and wellness programs.
Mrs. Obama was introduced by HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius and -- much like her previous visits -- was flanked on stage by 21 veteran HHS employees. (See a full list of them below.)
Obama singled out the current record-holder, Donald Abramson, a 62-year veteran who works for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
“He still looks good,” she said of him. “Man. I can’t imagine doing something for 60 years.”
Veteran HHS Employees On Stage With Mrs. Obama:
|Name||Agency/Office||Years of Service|
|Donald Abramson||Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services||60+|
|Brenda Brown||Administration for Children and Families||45|
|Bruce Craig||Administration on Aging||44|
|Ellis Paul Davis Jr.||Office of Public Health and Science||48|
|Dorothy Dillard||Office of Civil Rights||45|
|John Gallivan||Executive Secretariat||46|
|Elma Garnett||Administration for Children and Families||43|
|Vernell Lancaster||Office of the Secretary||42|
|Barbara Lewis||Administration on Aging||46|
|Franklin Marks||Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response||41|
|Naomi Miske||Office of General Counsel||41|
|Sylvia Jane Norris||Administration for Children and Families||42|
|Nancy Persun||Office of Public Health and Science||46|
|Patricia Pierorazio||Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services||50+|
|Linda Reeves||Office of the Secretary||41|
|Gwendolyn Robinson||Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management||41|
|Nehemia Rucker||Administration for Children and Families||44|
|Willie Shackleford||Administration on Aging||43|
|Raffie Shahrigan||Office of the Secretary||42|
|William Tate||Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services||50+|
Source: Dept. of Health and Human Services
| October 14, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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