First Lady takes healthy eating message to military
January 27th, 2011
12:25 PM ET

First Lady takes healthy eating message to military

WASHINGTON (CNN) – First Lady Michelle Obama took her campaign to battle childhood obesity to the military on Thursday.

"It's not just a health issue for children, its a national security issue," Mrs. Obama said at Fort Jackson in South Carolina as she promoted her 'Let's Move!' initiative. Fort Jackson is the Army's largest basic training facility.

Obama attended a briefing led by Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, the Army's Deputy Commanding General for training, on the poor state of physical fitness for today's youth, and the difficulty for the military to attract new recruits who can meet basic fitness standards. Of the 129,000 new recruits every year, approximately 40 percent are overweight.

While at Fort Jackson, Obama also toured the base and visited it's "Go Green" dining program, which encourages healthy eating. She also attended a ceremony for 1,100 soldiers of the First battalion thirty fourth regiment, 165th brigade who were graduating from basic training.

"You learned to follow but you also learned to lead," she said as she spoke briefly to the graduates and their families. "And you learned to make better choices about what you eat." She also said President Obama was committed to providing them everything they need while in the service, as well as the care and support they need after they leave active duty.

Obama was also scheduled to appear on Oprah Winfrey's daily talk show on Wednesday to discuss the nationwide campaign to improve the quality of life for military families that her husband announced last week. The segment was taped last Friday at Winfrey's studio in Chicago.

Topics: Michelle Obama

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  1. Kent

    I'm sitting here listening to her speech at the graduation, and I will say it was well done.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Elyse Schneiderman, Ph.D

      Unfortunately the first lady has not responded to any of the ideas sent to Let's Move or letters sent to the White House with ideas on childhood obesity. It all sounds good but lots of words and no action. As an advocate for children and someone who is fighting childhood obesity, I feel Mrs. President needs to listen rather than just talk and acknowledge letters and info sent to her.

      January 27, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • Harry Pelosi

      She should take about 30# off of her rump roasts before she preaches!

      January 29, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  2. MAS

    Dear Jamie Crawford-
    Please refer to this article by the AP:

    It is a much more accurate representation of what actually occurred today: The Army brought it's healthy eating message to Mrs. Obama, not the other way around.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  3. JeriD

    The focus of the First Lady on our neglected American heroes is very commendable! Thank you for highlighting the silent suffering of the many young men and women who have served this country on the battle fields of the world! Anything we can do to support them is time well spent!

    January 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  4. Jay in NC

    Another wonderful image of The First Date. She gave the same look during the State of the Union speech. Sometimes I feel sorry for Barry.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  5. bettyrubin28

    Oh wow, I have gotten about 3 or 4 different samples from major brands. It is not difficult to find them. Search online for "123 Get Samples" you can find them easily.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:16 am |
  6. April

    People should not eat so much and should be careful what they eat.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  7. Bill

    Om my yes ... beware the evil french fry ....

    January 28, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  8. Wraith

    Oh, yes Michelle...please do tell the military how they should be expert nutritionist you.


    Wanna make a difference in people's health? Start speaking out against genetically modified foods, aspertame, HFCS and all this other CRAP which is being passed off as healthy to the average person.

    But that won't happen will it?

    Some of us still remember your opinion of this nation prior to your husband's election to office. We also remember his opinion. I view anything either one of you say as if it were a blatant lie until I determine otherwise based on my own research.

    You can take your "healthy eating" rhetoric and stick it. While we're at it, take your husband's Nazi style policies and stick those as well. Anyone with half a brain knows Germany used it's own citizens to spy on each other.

    "Hope and Change?" Yeah, I HOPE the American people wake up and demand a CHANGE from you and your treasonous husband.

    January 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  9. BC

    How can that fat pos give a speech on eating healthy???

    January 29, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Elyse Schniederman, PH.D; The issue of 'childhood obesity' has been tossed and thrown around for a while now, by doctors and the medical society, finding not much resolution to speak of. I believe 'Mrs President' is doing what she can to heighten the awareness of this issue, as she seeks suggestions and ideas! She told us that she didn't personally recieve her own mail! So for you and others who are expecting a personal public acknowledgement right now from her, is petty, selfish and vain! Self exaltation.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Harry Pelosi, at least she's trying to save the children from obesity, so when thet live to become her age, they too, will have room to grow bigger! As it is now, by the time they get older, if they live, they would be ready for the grave! You are just being mean, sarcastic and silly!

    January 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  12. andra

    Okay ..good

    February 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Ana

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