On June 23, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the Presidentâ€™s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus in Washington, D.C.
Michelle stated, â€œThis year, weâ€™re expanding the work of the Presidentâ€™s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to include not just a focus on active lifestyles, but on healthy eating, too.â€
This isnâ€™t the first that weâ€™ve seen of the first lady in the health arena. Sheâ€™s been an active part of the Letâ€™s Move campaign, which strives to instill healthy exercise and nutrition habits in our countryâ€™s youth. There are tons of resources on the Letâ€™s Move website that will help to empower parents with the knowledge they need to make healthier choices for their children. Also, thereâ€™s updated information regarding nutrition research and school programs, as well as tips and tricks to get your kids to exercise. And the website shows how itâ€™s possible to purchased healthy food without breaking the bank.
Michelle Obama isnâ€™t a hands-off type of gal, either. At the event on June 23, the first lady juggled scarves, jumped rope, helped prepare healthy snacks for the students, and even participated in a yoga session.
The goal of the Presidentâ€™s Council is â€œto end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation,â€ she stated. She also announced that Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes and NFL quarterback Drew Brees will act as the councilâ€™s co-chairs.
I applaud our first ladyâ€™s involvement with the countryâ€™s youth. I think itâ€™s great that children have a positive role model to look up toâ€”and I really love the fact that Michelle is placing such an emphasis on healthy nutrition and exercise. After all, with the increased rate of childhood obesity, itâ€™s about time that we did something to prevent this epidemic from continuing on to our children and our childrenâ€™s children.