Monday, October 19, 2009

First Lady Promotes Healthy Living

"First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to employees of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today (October 13) promoting healthy eating and exercise for children and families. ‘Nearly one-third of all children in this country are overweight or obese,’ the first lady said.  “And, one-third will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lifetimes.  In the African American and Hispanic communities that number goes up to one-half.’ Mrs. Obama spoke about her own family, saying that she understands why so many working moms turn to fast food.

The first lady encouraged parents to make simple adjustments in their children’s lives: add a vegetable to a meal, switch from soda to water, walk instead of drive, even watch television standing up.

“Small things. But all of this truly could have noticeable effects,” she said. “We can pass on a whole 'nother set of habits to our children. Their fate isn't set yet. We still have everything in our power, because the other beautiful thing is that kids change quickly. Their habits are easily broken. They are so malleable, and they're waiting for the right information, the right opportunities, and once they have it, they just go.”

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