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Michelle Obama marks 'Let's Move' milestone with arugula, 'Interlude Dance' (+video)

Michelle Obama started Let's Move to tackle childhood obesity two years ago. Now, she's finishing up a four-state tour to promote the effort – all with a dash of fun thrown in. 


School children reach to greet first lady Michelle Obama during a cooking contest event at the Kleberg-Rylie Recreation center in Dallas Friday to promote her Let's Move initiative.

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Question: What do arugula, a jumping-jack world record, and a giant cake made entirely of fruit have in common?

Answer: They’ve all been part of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to improve children’s health. Mrs. Obama has been celebrating its two-year anniversary this week with a four-state tour that wraps up on Saturday. 

As the nation’s mover-, shaker-, and garden-grower-in-chief, Obama has helped start a change in the culture around eating and physical activity for the rising generation.

“We’ve started to see some data showing there’s a leveling off of the obesity problem, that it’s not [continuing to] get worse,” says Larry Soler, CEO of Partnership for a Healthier America, a nonprofit working with the private sector and Obama to tackle childhood obesity. “It’s going to take a generation to ultimately solve the problem, but we’ve had a great start.”

At least 8 out of 10 Americans have heard of Let’s Move, according to a recent survey by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

School cafeterias are feeling strong effects from the new level of attention to childhood nutrition.

In Dallas Friday morning, Obama helped judge a chefs’ competition in which three teams raced to make a delicious, healthy lunch in 30 minutes.


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