It’s been one year since Michelle Obama launched the Let’s Move campaign to help fight childhood obesity. Since that time, she has raised awareness about the sad state of school lunches and helped to get what she calls “sweeping changes” added to the Child Nutrition Act.
As part of the campaign, the first lady has sat down with Wal-Mart Stores and convinced the company to make some of its own sweeping changes on the price of healthy food and the ingredients in Wal-Mart store brand foods. Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that she’s also in talks with the National Restaurant Association to get that group to “to adopt her goals of smaller portions and children’s meals that include healthy offerings like carrots, apple slices and milk instead of French fries and soda.”
On the one-year anniversary of the launch of Let’s Move, Obama sat down with Matt Lauer of the “Today” show. She discussed many things that are going on, including the success of Let’s Move and why — considering the message of Let’s Move — she had wings, deep dish pizza, and chips at the Obamas' Super Bowl Party.
The specific discussion of Let’s Move and her how she tries to find balance in her family’s diet begins around 8:20 in the video and goes to 11:42.
I particularly appreciate her realization that making changes in a family’s diet is “not an all or nothing proposition.” She has a realistic understanding of the workings of an average family, doesn’t she?
Plus: Here's a video of the first lady's speech in Atlanta on Wednesday to celebrate the first anniversary of the child obesity campaign:
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