First Lady appeals to grassroots to "help shape local and national policy conversations" on childhood obesity...
First Lady Michelle Obama on Saturday sent a video address to the MomsRising.org "Food Power" conference, to welcome attendees to the event that focused on combating childhood obesity, and encourage them to help sway the national policy conversation on the subject. The video came on the heels of Mrs. Obama's third anniversary tour for the Let's Move! campaign, where she visited Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri to announce new partnerships and praise progress on already-established pledges.
In the video, Mrs. Obama spotlights the role of parents in battling obesity.
"As both a mom and as First Lady, I've seen again and again the difference parents can make on this issue," Mrs. Obama said. "After all, we're the ones who make the most important decisions for our children every single day...We're the ones choosing what goes on the dinner table and in their lunchboxes."
"And that's why I'm so thrilled to have MomsRising and all of your muscle and grassroots passion working right by our side," Mrs. Obama said, and urged members to "help shape local and national policy conversations" by interacting with lawmakers and decision makers at every level.
"For this "Food Power" Conference, MomsRising.org, the online and on-the-ground grassroots organization with more than 1.1 million members, is bringing together moms, dads, bloggers, community activists, filmmakers, and artists to discuss action steps to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity and to address food insecurity," said MomsRising.org.
On Friday, March 8, Mrs. Obama will give the keynote address at the Partnership for a Healthier America's child obesity summit in Washington, DC.
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