Michelle Obama Tackles Kids' Health

First Lady takes "Let's Move!" program nationwide

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

Kid Reporters are covering First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" events as she takes her fight against childhood obesity from the White House kitchen garden to grocery stores in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and beyond.

Recently, Kid Reporter Henry Dunkelberger asked Mrs. Obama how she would make "Let's Move!" a priority during budget cuts and a tough economy. The First Lady had a ready answer.

"The 'Let's Move!' initiative can work because it's easy and cheap," she said. "If we can get kids moving more, if we can take out sugary drinks, if we can make school lunches better, if we can get you guys educated about what to eat—these are all things we can control. It doesn't take millions of dollars and a whole bunch of legislation to get it done."

Check out The Scholastic Kids Press Corps' coverage of the Mrs. Obama's campaign to get America's youth moving toward healthier, happier lives.


Walmart Joins Let's Move!
By Alexandra Zhang | April 7, 2011

Ripe red tomatoes, brightly colored peppers, tangerines, and apples provided the backdrop for First Lady Michelle Obama's announcement of a joint venture with Walmart recently. The announcement came at an event in Washington, D.C., earlier this year.



Kids Help Plant White House Garden
By Alexandra Zhang | April 5, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama enlisted two local Washington, D.C., schools to help plant the spring garden at the White House in March. Scholastic News Kid Reporter Alexandra Zhang, talked to Mrs. Obama at the event about her Let’s Move! initiative.



Who Keeps Let's Move! Moving
By Viveca Riley | March 8, 2011

As Executive Director of Let's Move!, Robin Schepper is the one who coordinates partnerships with organizations, works with community leaders to extend the programs into schools, and basically keeps the First Lady's! pet project in the news.



Let's Move! Turns One
By Mari Chiles | February 28, 2011

Let's Move! has been on the job for a year now, fighting to end childhood obesity in America. First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated her pet program's anniversary this month at an event in Alpharetta, Georgia.



Healthy Soldiers Program Under Way
By Faith Dalzell & Zach Dalzell | February 25, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to the North Carolina class of 1,100 solders and their families about the challenge of obesity in military recruiting. Of the approximate 129,000 recruits each year, about 51,600 are overweight, making it difficult for them to serve.



White House Garden Harvest
By Alexandra Zhang | October 27, 2010

The White House vegetable garden is a symbol of growing local foods in the U.S. and a part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to fight childhood obesity nationwide.



Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools
By Albert Ordonez | November 24, 2010

Riverside Elementary was the first school in the United States to receive one of 6,000 salad bars to be donated by First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Salad Bars to Schools campaign.



Let's Move! Goes High Tech
By Jonas Hosmer | February 10, 2010

Can playing cell phone apps actually make you healthier? The answer to this question is usually no, but the Apps For Healthy Kids contest now makes this possible.



Let's Move! to Fight Obesity
By Jonas Hosmer | February 10, 2010

"This isn't just about inches and pounds or how our kids look," Mrs. Obama told a sixth grade class recently. "It's about how our kids feel, and how they feel about themselves. It's about the impact we're seeing on every aspect of their lives."



Eat Healthy, Play Healthy
By Ana Deluca-Mayne | February 25, 2010

"These are places and communities that don't have a supermarket," Mrs. Obama said, explaining the meaning of the term "food desert."



White House Easter Egg Roll
By Alexandra Zhang | April 7, 2010

Fitness, reading, celebrities, and eggs! All were part of the annual White House Easter Egg roll, which featured a rare appearance by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.



What is Obesity?
By Henry Dunkelberger | April 9, 2010

When First Lady Michelle Obama invited students to a town hall meeting about childhood obesity, the first question asked was, "What is obesity?"



Healthy Kids Day at the White House
By Jonas Hosmer | February 10, 2010

Simplicity, convenience, and flavor are the three key ingredients to eating healthy, said First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House Healthy Kids Fair. Adding exercise is the key to a healthy, happy life.



Out of the Classroom and Into the Garden
By Madison Hartke-Weber | June 19, 2009

On June 16, First Lady Michelle Obama held a harvesting party in the First Lady’s Garden on the White House grounds in Washington, D.C. "Too many kids are consuming high calorie foods with little or no nutritional value," said Mrs. Obama at the event.





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