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Sue hob-knobs with First Lady Michelle Obama

February 10, 2011

Michelle Obama Let's MoveOkay, so maybe I’m exaggerating just a tad. They were in the same room with each other, so that counts, right? Girls on the Run Atlanta President Sue Payne was invited by GOTR founder Molly Barker to attend the first anniversary celebration for Let’s Move last night. Sue took some notes and reported back for us. We asked her to take some pictures, but unfortunately the lighting did not cooperate and nothing came out good enough to use. Oh well, better luck next time…

From Sue:

Let’s Move: America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids
The Pledge: We believe every kid has the right to a healthy childhood.
We can’t let this be the first generation in our history to grow up less healthy than their parents.
The ingredients…better food + more activity…are clear.
Let’s Move isn’t just noble, it’s a necessity.
It’s not just a slogan, it’s our responsibility
Are you with us? Let’s Move!

I didn’t know what to expect today, frozen in a line of thousands, waiting to hear Michelle Obama speak on the first anniversary of Let’s Move. Choosing to stay and wait outside on this cold day reminded me of so many 6:00 a.m. decisions to get up early out of the house and go for a run. I knew I would be happy I did, but everything on my to-do list was blaring in my head, and there must be a Starbucks in a half mile radius… But what would I tell my kids who had begged to attend? I stayed and I am glad I did. Let’s Move is challenging us all to take on the tough choice; we have to be the ones to make the right choice. As parents and leaders we have to be the ones to demonstrate through our choices how to lead a healthy lifestyle, or how to set a goal and work towards it. It was comforting to know I was not alone and in the company of many other community leaders and concerned parents, assembled to support the First Lady’s efforts.

In preparing to attend the event, I read the Let’s Move pledge and was struck by the sentence about our children being the first generation less healthy than their parents. When I started to think about the implications, it stopped me. We all want to leave the world as a better place for the future generations.  The First Lady was realistic when she spoke today about how this epidemic didn’t happen overnight! It has been a couple generations in the making and it is going to take everyone working to make a change. The Let’s Move initiative has made a lot happen in the first year (check out their website to see all that has been accomplished at www.let’smove.gov) and, as she said, we have a good momentum going but we are still a nation where 1 in 3 people are obese or overweight. It is up to all of us, our voices, our tenacity, and our challenge to not accept the norm any more. We have to make change happen. What change can you be the force for, in your workplace, neighborhood, and school?

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