Michelle Obama Praises Obesity Progress In Mississippi

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applescaleFrom Your Health Journal…..”I wanted to share and promote a story I found on Nola entitled Michelle Obama Praises Obesity Progress In Mississippi. The First Lady congratulated this Southern state for a more than 13 percent drop in its child obesity rates, saying its example should inspire the rest of the country. Mrs. Obama is out and about promoting the anniversary of her Let’s Move campaign, making some stops around the country promoting better health. As obesity rates soar in many areas of the world, obesity related illness is also soaring along with it such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, asthma, weak joints – along with low self esteem. In fact, many children are already showing risk factors for heart disease. So, change is needed. It was nice to read in this article how Mississippi showed a decline in obesity, hopefully a trend that will continue throughout the United States. Please visit the Nola web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Michelle Obama on Wednesday congratulated this Southern state for a more than 13 percent drop in its child obesity rates, saying its example should inspire the rest of the country. It’s the reason she made Mississippi the first stop on a two-day tour to promote her signature effort, the anti-childhood obesity campaign she launched three years ago called “Let’s Move.”

In remarks at an elementary school near Jackson, the first lady cited new research showing that childhood obesity rates among elementary school pupils in the state had declined by 13.3 percent between 2005 and 2011.

“What’s happening here in Mississippi is really what ‘Let’s Move’ is all about,” she told an audience of state officials, school nutrition professionals and parents. She urged them to keep on doing what they’ve been doing.

“It’s the story of what you all have achieved here that we want to tell. It’s the story we want to be telling in every state all across this country,” the first lady said.

When she visited Mississippi three years ago, it had just been declared the most obese state in the nation, she said. But things have begun to turn around in just a few short years.

Mrs. Obama attributed the decline in childhood obesity rates here to efforts by state lawmakers, the Board of Education and individual school districts, which she said took such steps as setting new standards for food and drinks in school vending machines, serving more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and replacing food fryers with steamers, to which she exclaimed, “Hallelujah.”

Some churches even declared “no-fry” zones for their congregations, where only healthy food and nothing fried was allowed.

“So there’s no reason why this success can’t happen in cities and states all across the country — if we’re willing to work for it,” Mrs. Obama said. “So now is the time for us to truly double down on these efforts. We know what works. We’re seeing it right here. We know how to get results. Now we just need to keep stepping up.”

The first lady said Mississippi, and other parts of the country that also have seen their childhood obesity rates come down — including California and New York City and Philadelphia — are showing others what works. After all, she said, “love for our children” is the motivating factor.

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What Else Will Michelle Obama Do With 4 More Years

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kidsarmsupFrom Your Health Journal…..”Always love articles from the Washington Post, and try to promote their site when possible. Today’s article review from The Post is called New bangs, Twitter feed, now what else will Michelle Obama do with 4 more years as first lady? Mrs. Obama has done an excellent job in the fight against childhood obesity, and should be commended for her work. She has brought attention to this issue, gotten many high profile people involved in her Let’s Move initiative, and has helped many families. Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Sure, this is an ambitious goal. But with your help, we can do it. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping children become more physically active. But, now she has 4 more years in the White House, will she continue pushing the fight against childhood obesity or take on more causes? When Mrs. Obama was asked if she was interested in any more causes, she hinted towards woman’s health, but my guess, she will continue her fight against childhood obesity. If the wheels not broke, why fix it. Please visit The Washington Post site to read the complete article. The link is provided at the bottom of this page for their site, but I included a short snip from the article below.”

From the article…..

Michelle Obama has a new look, both in person and online, and with the president’s re-election, she has four more years as first lady, too.

That’s got many people wondering: What will she do with them?

Take on a new cause? Travel more? Trace the path of another first lady and keep the Obama political brand alive by running for office?

The answers are to be determined.

The first lady is trying to figure out what comes next for this self-described “mom in chief” who also is a champion of healthier eating, an advocate for military families, a fitness buff and the best-selling author of a book about her White House garden.

For certain, she’ll press ahead with her well-publicized efforts to reduce childhood obesity and rally the country around its service members.

“But beyond that, the first lady is exploring ways that she can make a real difference for Americans, not just for these next four years, but for years to come,” said Kristina Schake, Mrs. Obama’s communications director.

Here are five areas to watch.

NEW ISSUES

Will she take on a new cause? It’s possible.

When Parade magazine asked last year whether she’d take up any new issues, Mrs. Obama identified women’s health issues. “How do we strengthen families and make them healthier, an issue not just in America but around the world,” she said.

Her marquee causes — the “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity and the “Joining Forces” effort to help military families — took a back seat last fall as she campaigned doggedly for President Barack Obama’s re-election.

Look for her to begin publicizing those efforts anew.

Do not expect to see Mrs. Obama push more contentious issues such as gun control or immigration, both second-term priorities for the president. Her public approval rating was 73 percent in a December poll by CNN and she’d like to keep it there.

Some feminists remain unhappy that the Ivy League-educated lawyer hasn’t used her position to champion what they view as more substantive issues.

Robert Watson, an American studies professor at Lynn University, said he hopes Mrs. Obama will use her popularity to pivot away from the “velvet-glove” issues first ladies typically embrace and say, “I’m swinging for the fence.”

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Michelle Obama Returns To Fight Against Childhood Obesity

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A great piece and video courtesy of Voice Of America…..

As U.S. President Barack Obama is inaugurated for a second term, his wife Michelle will be at his side. But the First Lady has been a significant force in her own right, tackling a major public health threat — obesity. It is a growing problem globally, raising rates of heart disease, cancer and diabetes; nowhere more so than in the United States. Health advocates say Mrs. Obama’s high-profile campaign against childhood obesity has helped bring much-needed attention to the issue.