By Jueseppi B.
From The Associated Press:
The first lady will speak during Saturday’s festivities, the unofficial kickoff to the U.S. Open, tennis’ last Grand Slam tournament of the year. She’ll join defending women’s champ Serena Williams, former champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak YOH’-koh-vihch), along with celebrities including singer Ariana Grande, who has the hit song “The Way.”
Mrs. Obama participated in activities at the event, held in Flushing, N.Y., in 2011.
She has been leading a national campaign to get kids more active and eating healthy meals.
Thank you The Associated Press.
Learn The Facts
“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.”
- First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move! launch on February 9, 2010
Obesity by the numbers
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. If we don’t solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.
How Did We Get Here?
Thirty years ago, most people led lives that kept them at a healthy weight. Kids walked to and from school every day, ran around at recess, participated in gym class, and played for hours after school before dinner. Meals were home-cooked with reasonable portion sizes and there was always a vegetable on the plate. Eating fast food was rare and snacking between meals was an occasional treat.
Today, children experience a very different lifestyle. Walks to and from school have been replaced by car and bus rides. Gym class and after-school sports have been cut; afternoons are now spent with TV, video games, and the internet. Parents are busier than ever and families eat fewer home-cooked meals. Snacking between meals is now commonplace.
Thirty years ago, kids ate just one snack a day, whereas now they are trending toward three snacks, resulting in an additional 200 calories a day. And one in five school-age children has up to six snacks a day.
Portion sizes have also exploded- they are now two to five times bigger than they were in years past. Beverage portions have grown as well- in the mid-1970s, the average sugar-sweetened beverage was 13.6 ounces compared to today, kids think nothing of drinking 20 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages at a time.
In total, we are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were forty years ago–including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners. The average American now eats fifteen more pounds of sugar a year than in 1970.
Eight to 18-year old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media, including, TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies, and only one-third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.
Now that’s the bad news. The good news is that by making just a few lifestyle changes, we can help our children lead healthier lives–and we already have the tools we need to do it. We just need the will.
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense,Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active.
Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Your involvement is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children.
The First Lady Introduces Let’s Move
Uploaded on Feb 8, 2010
First Lady Michelle Obama introduces a new nationwide campaign to combat childhood obesity, “Let’s Move.” Learn more at letsmove.gov.
First Lady Michelle Obama Talks About the First Year of Let’s Move!
Uploaded on Feb 8, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama talks about efforts of the Let’s Move! initiative to help youth get healthy and be active.
First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks on the Second Anniversary of Lets Move!
Uploaded on Feb 14, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks in Longwood, Florida about the progress that has been made during the last two years of Lets Move!, the national initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation. http://letsmove.gov
Announcing Let’s Move Active Schools
Published on Mar 4, 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks from Chicago during the Let’s Move 3rd anniversary tour about the “Active Schools” initiative, an unprecedented effort to bring physical education back to America’s schools.
The Partnership for a Healthier America
Supporting America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids
The threat of childhood obesity to the health of our children and the health of our nation has never been greater. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Today, almost one in every three children in our nation is obese or overweight. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. If we don’t solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others may face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma.
First Lady Michelle Obama recognizes this threat, and has taken up the cause with her Let’s Move! initiative, encouraging families across the country to commit to living healthier lives. The Partnership for a Healthier America supports the First Lady’s cause by encouraging, tracking and communicating commitments to healthier lifestyles from partner organizations – commitments that align with the priorities of the Partnership for a Healthier America.
The Partnership for a Healthier America fills a unique niche among childhood obesity initiatives across the United States. In collaboration with Let’s Move!, the Partnership will work alongside the Federal government to build target industry-specific solutions to fight obesity that can be measured and tracked. Rather than award grants, engage in policy discussions, or develop programmatic activities, the Partnership concentrates on mobilizing leadership from across sectors and at every level to take action that can have a significant impact on organizational goals.
The threat of childhood obesity is real, and will remain until we take action. The Let’s Move! initiative has gotten us started; now the Partnership is ready to help mobilize the nation to curb childhood obesity within a generation.
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