"Let's move" one year later
February 9th, 2011
01:02 PM ET

"Let's move" one year later

WASHINGTON (CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama hit the road and the airwaves Wednesday to mark the one year anniversary of her initiative to fight childhood obesity.

"One year later, 'Let's Move!' is far more than just a campaign," Obama said in a written statement.  "It is so much more than just a slogan.  It's a nationwide movement to give our kids everything they need – all the energy, strength and opportunities they need to fulfill every last bit of their potential and achieve every last one of their dreams."

Billed as an effort to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, the program tries to provide children with access to healthier foods both at school and at home, and more time for physical activity.  Mrs. Obama also led the push last year for passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a piece of legislation that increased the reimbursement rate for meals to school districts, and aims to replace some of the junk food in school vending machines with more healthier options.

For her part, the first lady has used the White House garden as a way to get kids excited about growing healthy foods.  The garden has already generated over a thousand pounds of food according to the White House.

Obama plans to mark the anniversary Wednesday in a speech hosted by North Point Community Church and Ray of Hope Christian Church in Alpharetta, Georgia.  The audience will be comprised of members of both congregations, local faith and community leaders, and supporters of the campaign, the White House said in a press release.

Obama also made appearances on NBC's "Today," and "Live! with Regis and Kelly," to promote her campaign.  After taking questions on more serious matters such as the situation in Egypt, and her continuing efforts to fight childhood obesity, Mrs. Obama said she does not allow her daughters to use Facebook.  She also sought dispel rumors that her husband dyes his hair to offset the effects of aging.  "No, he's pretty gray," Obama told NBC's Matt Lauer.

Asked by Kelly Ripa whether she would attend the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April, Obama said she had not received an invitation, but would attend if she received an invite.

Topics: Michelle Obama • The Family

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Jay in NC

    Barry does not dye his hair to offset the effects of ageing he dyes it to fit the occasion. Dark hair for playing basket ball, grey hair for Arizona (stately) , back dark again all in one week. Look it up, you will find pictures that show obvious streaks of grey that change from day to day. Barry is 100% political.

    The First Date's victory garden is as real as her husbands hair color. Has anyone tested the food for toxins? It may not be safe to eat. Urban soil would contain toxins from the street traffic, especially a city as polluted as DC. Maybe this is why they only harvested 1000 pounds.

    February 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Jay, thanks for that IMPORTANT information on why PRESIDENT OBAMA dyes his hair. We all sure did to know that! Oh yes, maybe the FDA WILL be able to go inspect that little plot of a garden! They've been lax on 'BIG BUSINESS', owned by the wealthy corporations; growing and raising food for us to 'buy' and eat full of toxins and poisons! They're out in the rural country! All she's doing is trying to lead by example; showing us how we COULD raise our OWN food if AMERICANS weren't so lazy! Folks have died!

    February 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  3. Jay in NC

    I did not say that the FDA should test the land. I would think that a good reporter would be asking these questions and perhaps take a sample and check it out. Leave it to a Liberal to look for a tax payer financed government committee answer.

    As far as being an example, this is my point, she is, by example, saying it is OK to grow veggies anywhere. That is just not true. If people plant in the wrong place they could poison their kids. The First Date needs to find a different job. She is trying to act down to earth and it just looks strange. What is she going to grow next cotton? Now that would be a photo op. She is an embarrassment to this country.

    February 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You would think....? Leave it to a conservative to come back and try to fix up an assinine response with even more attacks and stupidity! I don't think it's in a good reporters' job description to have to ask such a stupid question, and then 'take a sample and check it out! They'd take it where to get checked out? Furthermore, there are community gardens in big cities all over the USA! Most people who do gardening know what to do to prepare the dirt! 'She is an embarrasment to this country'? PROVE IT!

    February 11, 2011 at 2:41 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Almost any university, home test kits and 1000s of labs across the country can test the soil for toxins. Prepare the dirt? If you do not test then how do you prepare? The point is she does not know what she is doing. This is a publicity stunt. Farmers, gardeners can see that it is stupid to plant something in contaminated soil. The First Date is a big city girl not a farmers daughter.

      Prove that The First Date is an embarrassment? OK, one word: Spain.

      February 11, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    RIGHT! But my thing is, wherever it's tested, FDA or any of those places you name, it's still not a news persons' job to take samples and go have them tested; Not AMERICAN media anyway, because it may take too long to get back the results, and they may miss out on getting accurate information back to you; letting YOU know the next time the PRESIDENT takes a washroom break and the FIRST LADY takes her 'photo opp' of 'picking cotton'! And you question my alertness or identifiability of covert racism? STOP IT?

    February 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  6. Linda Landfair

    Don;t call me out on it Michelle destroys that family she is so ugly and mean big phony I was at Northwestern Hospital I have leanred alot in the last 3 bye for now can't wait until Lindsey gets home in March.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  7. jenny flax

    The last sentence in this article is grammatically incorrect. It should read, "more healthy", or "healthier", but never, both. Otherwise, great and interesting information. thank you!

    February 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm |