First Lady Michelle Obama Takes Let’s Move! Initiative to Jackson, Mississippi

Posted by: Audiegrl

Let’s Move! Mississippi

First Lady Michelle Obama, right, applauds the students of Brinkley Middle School in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, March 3, 2010, before speaking about her healthy schools campaign, Lets Move. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The First Lady traveled to Jackson, Mississippi today to spend time with students, officials and experts discussing a deeply important issue, not just as a First Lady, but as a mother. And that’s childhood obesity. Alongside Governor Barbour and Mississippi’s First Lady, Mrs. Obama toured Pecan Park Elementary school’s walking trail — just one example of the creative work happening across the state to make sure kids stay healthy and active.

Later at Brinkley Middle School, the First Lady discussed state and nationwide efforts to meet these challenges, emphasizing an important goal of the Let’s Move! initiative:

We are trying to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation. That’s a big goal — because we want kids born today to grow up healthy and at a good weight when they reach adulthood. So that’s the goal. And reaching this goal, it’s an ambitious goal to talk about doing anything in a generation. It’s a hard thing. But that’s why we started Let’s Move!, because this initiative is asking everyone in the country to do their part to reach this goal. Everyone has got to do their part.

So, do your part and Let’s Move towards a healthier future. Learn more at LetsMove.gov and stay connected on Facebook. The First Lady’s transcript can be found here.


First Lady Michelle Obama visits Pecan Park Elementary

WLBT~”We love you,” students cheered upon the arrival of First Lady Michelle Obama to Pecan Park Elementary. It’s an inner city school that has been aggressively pursuing fitness and healthy nutrition goals.

I high-fived her, and she high-fived me. She told me great job because I was jump roping very good,” said second grader Vivian Coleman. She was proud of her interaction with Mrs. Obama, while Keunte Sibley was excited about the photograph he made with the first lady.

I’m going to frame it and put it on Facebook,” Keunte said.

For Mrs. Obama, her flats were made for walking on a playground that has continued to expand to meet the needs of more than 500 students.

Pecan Park’s principal guided the tour for Mrs. Obama, Governor Haley Barbour and First Lady Marsha Barbour. “The playground area was not enough to provide everybody the exercise they needed, and we jumped on the bandwagon with ‘Let’s Go Walking, Mississippi’,” Quon said.

First Lady Michelle Obama, right, confers with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, left, and his wife Marsha Barbour as they tour the walking trail and playground at Pecan Park Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Obama will visit two schools in Jackson to promote health and physical activity. Pecan Park principal Wanda Quon, and two students accompanied the Barbours and the First Lady on a walk along the track. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

A similar program to “Let’s Go Walking” was the purpose of the first lady’s visit. She’s promoting the “Let’s Move” campaign.

These programs are not just about fitness. They also tout healthy nutrition. “We talked a little bit about our garden because she has a garden at the White House. She shared how they’ve just harvested the first vegetables from her garden,” Quon said.

Mrs. Obama’s visit was brief, but both Quon and the students said her message will last a long time. “I have to say, it was very, very ,very great!” Vivian said.

After she leaves, the impact will still be here,” Quon said.

For more information about the two programs, click on the following links:

Check out Let’s Go Walking Mississippi

Check out Let’s Move!

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Note: The first nine photos in this gallery are from Brinkley Middle School, and the remaining eleven are from Pecan Park Elementary School. Photo credit: Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger Staff Photographer.

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7 responses to “First Lady Michelle Obama Takes Let’s Move! Initiative to Jackson, Mississippi

  1. Outstanding! 🙂

    This is what bi-partisanship is all about. Putting the nations children ahead of any political differences. It’s not like Governor Haley Barbour (a Republican) is a huge fan of President Obama’s policies…But today we saw Barbour and his wife Marsha, and Mrs. Obama put ‘country first‘.

    I know it is just one small step, but this is the kind of thing we can accomplish in this country, if we all fight for what is important for our kids…because they’re our future…

    What do you guys think?

  2. spirit_55Z

    I appreciate the efforts of Gov. Haley Barbour and First Lady Marsha Barbour, and First lady Michelle Obama.

    Our children deserve the very best, and putting a true focus on providing a healthy life style with good nutrition and exercise is an excellent way to promote self-love and responsibility for our youth.

    Outstanding post, audiegrl. Thank you.

    • I totally agree, what they did yesterday was a huge step in the right direction back to civilized political discourse and bi-partisanship. Who can’t find common ground and agree on helping our children?

      Loved the video of the young girl Tiffany that introduced Mrs. Obama, she was so excited and proud. 🙂 What a wonderful role model to encourage young girls everywhere.

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