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Let’s Move to fight childhood obesity

Let’s Move! It’s a great suggestion, right? We think so, and here’s why:

Let’s Move is a nationwide campaign with a single goal: to solve the problem of childhood obesity in a generation, so that children born today can reach adulthood at a healthy weight. Yep, sounds like something we’d get behind!

In this week’s Newsweek cover story, Michelle on a Mission, Michelle Obama tells us more: 

For years, we’ve known about the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. We’ve heard the statistics—how one third of all kids in this country are either overweight or obese. We’ve seen the effects on how our kids feel, and how they feel about themselves. And we know the risks to their health and to our economy—the billions of dollars we spend each year treating obesity-related conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

But we also know that it wasn’t always like this. Back when many of us were growing up, we led lives that kept most of us at a pretty healthy weight. We walked to school every day, ran around at recess and gym and for hours before dinner, and ate home-cooked meals…

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We don’t think anyone has all of the answers when it comes to changing the course of the childhood obesity epidemic in our country, but we’re attacking it from every angle we can think of and we’re hopeful that others will find inspiration in our First Lady’s words and get involved.

This is a battle worth fighting.

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