Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Let's Move

Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move" campaign, as most people know, is the First Lady’s attempts of tackling childhood obesity. It is an initiative, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. “Let’s Move” is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Let’s move does this by giving parents helpful information and creating environments that support healthy choices, providing healthier foods in schools, ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food, and helping kids become more physically active. This is such an important cause because over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. If we don't solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. 30 percent of US children are now obese and the US leads the developed world in its incidence of overweight children. Michelle Obama is doing a very effective job by teaming up with influential figures such as Disney and even Beyonce. What better way to get children motivated by having such a powerful role model encouraging children to be more active? The video Beyonce created, “Move Your Body,” teaches children various dance moves. As Beyonce states, “What we want to do is make it fun by doing something that we all love to do, and that's dance.” This will hopefully prove effective because I know if Beyonce tells me to dance I will sure as heck dance.
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