Tuesday, February 09, 2010

President Signs Memorandum Creating Task Force on Childhood Obesity - Video

First Lady: "Now we work"...
This morning, President Obama was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama in the Oval Office as he signed a memorandum creating a task force on child obesity, the first-ever task force of its kind. Within 90 days, the task force will develop and submit to the President a comprehensive interagency plan that details a coordinated strategy, identifies key benchmarks, and outlines an action plan. Mrs. Obama's campaign to combat child obesity, called Let's Move!, officially launches in a few hours, in an event in the State Dining Room. The President and First Lady were joined by Cabinet members Arne Duncan, Kathleen Sebelius, Tom Vilsack and Ken Salazar, all of whom will be members of the new taskforce (above).

"We think that this has enormous promise in improving the health of our children, in giving support to parents to make the kinds of healthy choices that oftentimes are very difficult in this kind of environment, " President Obama said.

"And so I just want to say how proud I am of the First Lady for her outstanding work."

Mrs. Obama stood behind the President with an arm draped over his chair as he signed the order, then patted him on the back and said "nice job" when he was finished.

"Now we work," Mrs. Obama said.

Other members of the task force will include: Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady; Assistant to the President for Economic Policy; and heads of other executive departments, agencies, or offices as the Chair may designate.

More background on Let's Move is here. The transcript of the memo is here. Mrs. Obama introduces Let's Move in a video here.
*Photo by Pete Souza/White House