Read Michelle Obama’s message below to squelch the childhood obesity epidemic to literally save children’s lives.
Since we launched Let’s Move! in February, we have been so encouraged by the outpouring of ideas and support we’ve received from individuals and organizations across the country. And today, I am very proud to release the action plan from our Interagency Childhood Obesity Task Force, Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity within a Generation. This report provides a national road map that will help us solve the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight.
For the first time, we’re setting measurable goals, benchmarks, and outcomes to help us tackle this challenge one child, one family, and one community at a time. We want to marshal every resource – public and private sector, mayors and governors, parents and educators, business owners and health care providers, coaches and athletes – to ensure that we are providing each and every child the happy, healthy future they deserve.
This action plan focuses and expands on what we can do together to:
- Create a healthy start on life for our children, from pregnancy through early childhood
- Empower parents and caregivers to make healthy choices for their families
- Serve healthier food in schools
- Ensure access to healthy, affordable food
- Increase opportunities for physical activity
Your work on this issue has been crucial to getting us to this point, and that’s why I wanted to make sure you have a copy of the full report. We know that we cannot meet these goals without your continued efforts and input. So, thank you again for all of your support and I look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead. Now, Let’s Move!