Tuesday, February 09, 2010
During today's State Dining Room event to launch Let's Move, First Lady Michelle Obama described, in grim detail, exactly why her ambitious, coordinated campaign, which involves massive action from government agencies as well as the private and non-profit sector, is critically important. Mrs. Obama emphasized that like the national debt, obesity is not a problem the younger generation has brought upon themselves. To reinforce her point that the campaign is all about kids, Mrs. Obama was introduced by Tammy Nguyen, one of the Bancroft elementary schools kids who helped her plant and harvest the Kitchen Garden last year.
"It’s time for a moment of truth for our country; it’s time we all had a wakeup call. It’s time for us to be honest with ourselves about how we got here," Mrs. Obama said. "Our kids didn’t do this to themselves. Our kids don’t decide what’s served to them at school or whether there’s time for gym class or recess. Our kids don’t choose to make food products with tons of sugar and sodium in super-sized portions, and then to have those products marketed to them everywhere they turn. And no matter how much they beg for pizza, fries and candy, ultimately, they are not, and should not, be the ones calling the shots at dinnertime. We’re in charge. We make these decisions."
Related: A transcript of the First Lady's remarks at today's launch event in the State Dining Room is here. A video from the Let's Move website of Mrs. Obama introducing the campaign is here. President Obama's memo on the child obesity task force is here. A post on the Oval Office signing ceremony for the memorandum is here. A post about USDA's just-launched Food Environment Atlas is here.
White House video.