We continue our celebration of Black History Month, recognizing individuals making strides in health and fitness! Last week, we celebrated athletic trainers, Dr. Marsha Grant-Ford, Keith Jones and Ronnie Barnes, who broke down barriers to become “firsts” as African-Americans in the athletic training field.
This week we celebrate First Lady Michelle Obama for her commitment to fighting childhood obesity through her Let’s Move! campaign, launched on February 9, 2010. According to the Let’s Move! website, obesity rates among children has tripled over the past 30 years, with nearly 40% of all African-American children being overweight or obese.
Let’s Move! is taking childhood obesity head-on, though focusing on five pillars
1. Creating a healthy start for children
2. Empowering parents and caregivers
3. Providing healthy food in schools
4. Improving access to healthy, affordable foods
5. Increasing physical activity
In the end, as First Lady, this isn’t just a policy issue for me. This is a passion. This is my mission. I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition.
– First Lady Michelle Obama
Photo credit: LetsMove.gov
Let’s Move! just celebrated their 3rd Birthday and has no plan on slowing down. The First Lady teamed up with Beyoncé in 2011, who remixed her hit song “Get Me Bodied” and retitled it, “Move Your Body.” Black Fitness Today would like to wish Let’s Move! a Happy Birthday and continued success in its efforts of making our nation’s children healthier and putting them on a path to bright and promising futures.