'Do Your Part,' Michelle Obama Says on 'Let's Move' First Anniversary
First Lady Calls for All Americans to Join Child Obesity Fight
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Michelle Obama: Let's Move Achievements, Goals continued...
But Obama also noted that her pet program has only just begun.
"There are many, many more things to do," she said. "There is still a long way to go. With one in three kids overweight or obese, we are nowhere near the finish line. ... This stuff is personal. This stuff is emotional. This is the stuff that keeps us awake at night."
In the coming months, Obama said Let's Move will try to:
- Get more schools to "step up and give a hard look at the food our children get and the physical activity they get during the day."
- Get hospitals and child care centers to pay more attention "to the nutrition and physical activity our kids are getting from the very beginning."
- To involve more "families, businesses, educators, and anyone who has a stake in helping our children lead healthier, happier lives."
- Put 6,000 salad bars in 6,000 schools.
- Within seven years, eliminate "food deserts" in inner cities, where fresh foods are unavailable or too expensive.
In an appearance on NBC's Today, Obama told Matt Lauer that the program's most important achievement to date has been the "broad-based coalition of people who are stepping up."
"We have been shifting the lifestyle in this country," Obama told Lauer.
Walsh says this is the right approach -- to focus not on a child's weight, but on a family's behavior. She doesn't use the phrase "child obesity" because labels don't help. Instead she talks about a family's "struggle with weight," because it is a struggle for families to find the time and money needed for good nutrition and more physical exercise.
And Walsh warns families not to try to do everything at once.
"We ask for one change at a time. Make one change, do it well, then make another change," she says. "I had a family come in with two teenagers, and the small step they were able to do was turn off all media while they ate dinner. And when they did, they realized all the junk they were eating and changed their habits on their own. Are they doing things perfectly? No, but they are making one change at a time."
WebMD's Valarie Basheda contributed to this report.