Michelle Obama's Campaign: Let's Move!
By Sarah Browning
September 24, 2014
It’s no secret that this school year has seen many changes to Central’s food service and selection. Not only has Central been given the chance to offer free, healthier lunches, the vending machines have been completely renovated. The big question is, does the first lady’s campaign have anything to do with this? And the answer is yes.
Our country’s first lady, Michelle Obama, has a campaign to promote healthy lifestyles among children and teens: Let’s Move!
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative dedicated to solving and ending childhood obesity within a generation. The goal is that children born today will grow up healthier and be able to pursue their dreams with no obesity-related complications getting in the way.
"The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake," says first lady Obama at the Let’s Move! launch on February 9, 2010. Before officially starting the campaign, Michelle had to do some research to figure out the facts.
Over the past thirty years, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Today, nearly one-third of children in America are overweight or obese. Thirty years ago, children would typically eat one snack per day; whereas today, children average eating three snacks today. That increase alone adds up to an extra 200 calories per day.
The HUSSC (The Healthier US School Challenge) establishes rigorous criteria for schools’ food quality, participation in meal programs, physical activity opportunities and nutrition education–the key components that make for healthy and active kids. The HUSSC, created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2004, recognizes schools that create healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.
So although some people aren’t necessarily happy about the changes to the food in schools, it’s for the better. Michelle Obama is trying to help children and prevent unhealthy habits, and for that, I applaud her.
For more information visit www.letsmove.gov.