Michelle Obama Takes on Childhood Obesity
America's First Mom Talks With WebMD About How Families -- Including Hers -- Can Eat Healthfully and Be Active
What are your family's favorite vegetables?
Pulling stuff up out of the dirt is our girls' favorite thing. Anything
that you can pull out of the dirt is great for them, so they love things like
carrots. And taking a delicious snap pea off the vine and being able to eat it
right there, that's cool.
Barack is all broccoli, all the time. He and Sasha are big broccoli fans.
Me, I'm pretty flexible, but fresh peas are always a favorite.
So many American women want to look like you -- strong, fit, and healthy. What can they do?
The key is mixing it up. I combine weight training with cardio, and this
year I've added on Pilates. The older I get, the more I find I have to stay
flexible or injuries come more often. You don't have to run a marathon; a lot
of my cardio workout is just walking on the treadmill on an incline.
What's your favorite go-to move to do anywhere, with no equipment?
Minute planks. [Lie on the floor at the top of a push-up position, but
instead of doing the push-ups, just hold that pose for a minute -- longer if
you can, less if you're not there yet.] Then do one-handed planks on each side.
That'll get you burning real quick and strengthen your core. Or do some squats
up against the wall. Or jump squats -- jumping up and down and getting your
legs moving burns a lot of fat, expends energy, and builds up muscle mass.
With the busiest schedule in America, how do you find time to be together as a family?
We work out together as a couple almost every day, and eat dinner as a
family every night at 6:30 unless the President is traveling. We go to our
kids' games. We don't allow TV at all during the week, and no computers unless
it's school-related. No desserts during the week either -- they're a treat. We
have a set of routines and rituals that help us not just from a health
perspective, but to stay strong as a family.
Ultimately, that's what "Let's Move" is all about too: not just making kids
healthier, but strengthening families. And the beauty of it is that it's not
just another government program. It's a series of important partnerships with
the business community, nonprofits, and foundations. No one's ever set the goal
of ending childhood obesity in a generation before, but we've got momentum now,
and we're going to keep going.