February 11th, 2012
04:13 PM ET
First lady Michelle Obama made a stop at the Northland Church in Florida Saturday, bringing her healthy-eating campaign to a crowd that included religious organizations affiliated with a broad swath of faiths and congregations.
In her remarks at the Central Florida evangelical megachurch where Joel Hunter serves as pastor, the first lady made the case that religious organizations can be natural partners in her efforts to combat childhood obesity.
The first lady’s campaign – called Let’s Move! – includes an initiative designed to engage faith-based organizations in efforts to promote better nutrition. The first lady hailed the response from such groups as “overwhelming.”
“All kinds of faith communities have been stepping up,” Michelle Obama said. “Muslim community leaders are hosting sports tournaments to encourage young people to get active. The Jewish Community Centers Association is working with JCCs around the country to grow gardens, and to get fresh food into underserved areas, and they're create early child wellness programs.”
Mrs. Obama ended her remarks by challenging the crowd to submit videos of how they are promoting healthy eating and what kind of changes they are instituting. Creators of the most interesting videos will be invited to the White House, she said.
The visit to Northland Church capped off a somewhat awkward White House reversal on its previous policy that mandated religiously affiliated organizations provide free contraception. Mrs. Obama did not mention the controversy during her appearance.