Dr. Judith Palfrey Will Lead Let's Move
One of the country’s leading pediatricians, Judith S. Palfrey, M.D., has been named Executive Director of the Let’s Move! childhood obesity initiative. For decades, Dr. Palfrey has provided clinical care to thousands of children and families, conducted groundbreaking pediatric research, taught future physicians and led major medical organizations.
First Lady Michelle Obama said that having such strong leadership at Let's Move will be good for the health of America's children. “It was my children’s pediatrician who first told me that I needed to pay closer attention to my children’s health so I understand the significance doctors play in family health. That’s why we are eager to welcome Judy Palfrey to the White House where I know that she will take the Let’s Move! program to new heights. Judy has worked with families one-on-one and partnered with communities on health promotion initiatives. She is a leading researcher and respected voice in the field. Her tremendous experience and insight in pediatrics and community health will make her a strong leader for Let’s Move! and make a real difference in the lives of our nation’s children,” said Mrs. Obama.
As past president of AAP, the nation’s largest pediatric organization with a membership of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists, Dr. Palfrey brings tremendous medical experience to the Let's Move team, but she is also a mother of three, who understands the challenges parents face every day. “I know how important fighting the epidemic of childhood obesity is, and I’ve seen firsthand the struggles families can face in keeping their kids healthy. That’s why I’m so eager to work with the First Lady to build on the successes of Let’s Move! and continue to empower parents to make the healthier choices. I look forward to working with communities all over America as they support families and children,” said Dr. Palfrey.