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We Need to Ask Ourselves: What Can I Do?

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a major address focused on the efforts of the Let's Move! initiative to meet the needs of parents. Here are some excerpts from the speech, and you can watch also watch the full remarks below. On her experiences growing up: "My brother and I got pizza a few times a year – as a reward for good grades when report cards came out. No one in my family believed in eating out…especially not my grandmother. I will never forget the time when my brother and I begged her to get us takeout burgers and fries for lunch. We were shocked when she finally agreed. And as we sat excitedly waiting for our burgers to arrive…and I swear this is true…my grandmother brought out a can of peas. And, much to our horror, she promptly served us two scoops each. My grandma failed to grasp one of the key benefits of takeout for kids…and that was…no vegetables!" On being a busy parent and trying to make good choices for our kids: "...I know that sometimes, much as we all hate to admit it, it’s just easier to park the kids in front of the TV for a few hours, so we can pay the bills…or do the laundry…or just have some peace and quiet for a change. Sometimes, it’s just easier to say yes to that extra snack or dessert, because frankly, it is exhausting to keep saying no. It’s exhausting to plead with our kids to eat just one more bite of vegetables. It’s exhausting to put in the effort to make a homecooked meal when all they really want is something from the microwave or the drive-thru. The truth is that today, we have more choices than ever about how we live and eat…but so many of those choices simply aren’t good for our kids. And little by little…sometimes without us even noticing…those choices have started to add up." On what Let's Move! is all about, and the work ahead: "...[Make] no mistake about it, we’re not just doing this for our children…we’re doing it for our grandchildren and for their children too. That’s what we’ve always done in this country… – we have struggled and sacrificed to leave something better for future generations. We’ve worked to give them opportunities that we never dreamed of for ourselves. And ultimately, that’s what we’re aiming to do with Let’s Move! That’s what the momentum we’re seeing all across the country is really about. And today, one year later, Let’s Move! is far more than just a campaign. It is so much more than just a slogan. It’s a nationwide movement…a movement to give our kids everything they need – all the energy, strength and opportunities they need to fulfill every last bit of their potential…and achieve every last one of their dreams. As parents, we want nothing less for our kids. And as Americans, we want nothing less for this country. So let’s keep on working."

Watch First Lady Michelle Obama's full remarks here.