First Lady Michelle Obama: If You Are Doing Great Work, Tell Me About It
On the third and final day of her Let's Move 2nd Birthday tour, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Northland Church in Orlando, Florida to thank faith and community leaders from 120 congregations and organizations who represented15 different faiths and denominations. Mrs Obama praised the group, and their congregations, for their tireless efforts in helping fulfull the core mission of the initiative: eliminating childhood obesity in a generation.
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks to a gathering of 3,000 people of diverse faiths about the work of faith and community organizations across America to support healthy lifestyles. The “Faith and Community Groups Leading the Way” event was held at Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood, Florida during the First Lady’s tour celebrating second anniversary of the “Let’s Move!” initiative. Feb. 11, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
The First Lady talked about the emotional role food plays in our lives, acknowledging that it is more than just nourishment for our bodies, it's how we knit our families and our communities together. But, she told the assembly, finding ways to honor these traditions while making healthy changes is the essence of what Let's Move is working to do:
We know that government doesn’t have all the answers; know that there’s no one-size-fits all program or policy that will solve this problem. Every family and every community is different. Each of us needs to make the changes that fit with our budgets, our beliefs, and our tastes.
Mrs. Obama called on the group of leaders as role models to children, reminding them that if they get excited about this mission, then kids will embrace it as well. And in an effort to celebrate the great work that faith and community groups have already done to promote healthy lifestyle changes, the First Lady announced a new Let's Move video challenge, telling the crowd, "whatever you do, I want to know about it."
You can watch First Lady Michelle Obama's entire speech below:
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