Now in its third year, Let’s Move!, the national campaign led by first lady Michelle Obama, is aimed at reducing obesity and increasing well-being by encouraging American kids to be more active and eat healthier foods. In this issue of The Nation’s Health, Obama talks about the campaign, what it has achieved so far, what comes next and what role public health can play in the effort.
The Let’s Move! campaign is three years old now. What has been accomplished so far?
In launching Let’s Move!, we took what felt like an insurmountable problem and gave folks a sense of optimism and hope that we could solve it. And now, thanks to new (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) data, we’re actually seeing a decline in childhood obesity rates, so we know we’re on the right track.
I think that one reason why we’re seeing change happening is that we helped people understand that everyone has a role to play in helping our kids lead healthier lives, and we’ve encouraged everyone to do their part to help. And, so many different people are working together, stepping up to address this epidemic in their communities.
Already, big businesses, governors and mayors, museums and gardens, even the Department of Defense has gotten involved. For example, Wal-Mart is now providing healthier products and more information to their customers so that they can make healthy choices for their families. Darden, the owner of restaurants like Olive Garden and Red Lobster, has committed to making kids meals more healthy and nutritious.
Continue reading this story published in the October 2013 issue of The Nation’s Health newspaper.