Tuesday, November 30, 2010

First Lady, First Dog Bo Congratulate Let's Move! Kids For Completing PALA Challenge

President's Active Lifestyle Award winners get White House visit...
In September, as she launched Phase II of Let's Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama set a goal of doubling the number of kids who win the President’s Active Lifestyle Award (PALA). On Monday at the White House, a group of students who had achieved the mission got a special meet n' greet with Mrs. Obama, and with First Dog Bo. The very active Portuguese Water Dog is a perfect ambassador for fitness, and he greeted accompanied the First Lady as she greeted the kids in the Diplomatic Reception Room.

PALA requires participants to perform regular physical activity beyond the daily activity goal of 30 minutes a day for adults/60 minutes a day for youth under 18, at least 5 days per week, for a total of 6 weeks. During recent public appearances, Mrs. Obama has promised that school and community groups that meet Let's Move! goals will get some special time at the White House, and she's keeping her pledge. (Above: Mrs. Obama hugs some excited kids)

On Monday, Mrs. Obama launched Let's Move Faith and Communities, which has PALA achievement among its goals: There's a push to get 500,000 kids and adults to complete the PALA challenge in 2011.

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*White House photos by Samantha Appleton