First Lady/Mommy-Hero Takes On Childhood Obesity

Very excited about the launch of Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity tomorrow. This is one of many reasons why she’s such a mommy-hero to parents like me. This effort couldn’t come at a better time. Our nation is facing a childhood obesity and diabetes epidemic. Fast-food chains and retailers are marketing super-unhealthy foods to kids. Fresh food markets are closing in poor neighborhoods (I know about this firsthand – I used to live in a “food desert” in Chicago). We have to educate parents and children about the risks of too much junk food, the benefits of healthy food and exercise, etc. and get real solutions to the lack of nutritious food in schools and neighborhoods. Interestingly enough, the Canadian Press did a nice job breaking down the campaign here.

Here’s the kick-off speech at a YMCA in Alexandria, Va.

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