Starting next Wednesday, February 27, First Lady Michelle Obama will embark on a two day national tour celebrating the third anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative. Mrs. Obama is expected to make stops in Clinton, MS; Chicago, IL; and Springfield, MO.
According to the White House press release, Mrs. Obama will first visit New York City this Friday to talk about the anniversary on several TV shows. She will appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which will air later that evening. She will also film a segment with Robin Roberts that will air on Good Morning America on Tuesday, February 26. She will also tape an episode of The Dr. Oz Show alongside Education Secretary Arne Duncan, which will air on Thursday, February 28, the day the two will make a major announcement about bringing physical activity back to schools.
Mrs. Obama’s Lets Move! initiative first began on February 9, 2010 in order to foster a national dialogue about the need for proper nutrition and exercise in the lives of children and to create support for families as a whole to also live healthier lives.
The initiative has pushed for families to have access to more information needed to make healthier decisions for their children and sought to create opportunities for young people to engage in physical activity in their local communities. There has been a movement to get healthier food in schools and to bring access to affordable, healthy foods closer to home.
The national obesity rate has leveled off and even declined in some cities and states, but they still remain high. Two of the states Mrs. Obama is scheduled to visit, Mississippi and Missouri, both have among the highest obesity rates in the country.
For live updates of Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! anniversary tour on Twitter, follow @FLOTUS and @LetsMove.