Thursday, January 28, 2010

Michelle Obama: Child obesity disaster

The economy can make it harder for family to make healthy choices but childhood obesity threatens America's future, first lady Michelle Obama said Thursday.
During an appearance in Alexandria, Va., with Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Dr. Judith Palfrey, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in Alexandria, Va., the first lady said childhood obesity is "nothing short of a public health crisis threatening the future of this nation."
The first lady and the officials released a paper by the surgeon common on the public health challenge of obesity and toured a YMCA playroom that feature physical activities, including interactive video games good for groups, bikes set up so kids can race others on a screen and a dancing game.
Barack obama told an audience that included representatives from scouting, the YMCA, YWCA, Children's Defense Fund, Girls Inc. and the National PTA that the activity room represented the "next generation" and must be encouraged in other places.


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