February 9th, 2011
01:02 PM ET
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.