July 20th, 2010
10:24 PM ET

Baseball joins first lady in fighting kids' obesity

Major League Baseball and first lady Michelle Obama are joining  to fight childhood obesity. Mrs. Obama announced the new relationship at a youth baseball clinic Thursday at Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles. Later she helped youth from the Boys and Girls Club throw out the first pitch at the Orioles' game against the Tamp Bay Rays.

MLB and  its Players Association will support Mrs. Obama's "Lets Move " campaign by getting involved in a new public service campaign. Thirty television spots and 30 radio announcements, one for each ball club, featuring a major player from each team will air in baseball stadiums across the country. New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson will be the national spokesperson for the program.

The PSAs will  run throughout the remainder of the season.

"Through these important public service announcements, we will reach even more kids and families about the need for better nutrition and increased physical activity, said Mrs. Obama." I want to thank MLB and the Players Association for their commitment to the Let's Move! campaign."

Launched in February, Let's Move!  is designed to teach young children the importance of nutrition and to inspire them to get up and get moving. It also stresses the importance of parents and caregivers roles in making healthier choices for their children and emphasizes the importance of access to nutritious foods in schools and communities.

"Major League Baseball is pleased to support this vitally important campaign for the young people in our country," said Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. "The health and welfare of the country's youth is a top priority for Major League Baseball. I applaud the first lady for her leadership in this effort and continue to pledge our dedication towards fighting childhood obesity."

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Amenhotepstein

    Does this mean that the Orioles will close their "All You Can Eat" seats at Camden Yards? I'm not holding my breath!

    July 21, 2010 at 08:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Odalice Yolanda Feliz

    go go Michelle Obama, I bet the kids where really happy and motivated to have you as a guess!

    July 21, 2010 at 18:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Leo Ricardo

    We need all the help we can get in this fight against the plague of obesity in children! Mrs. Obama do your stuff!! Help us all to be exited about health again!

    August 6, 2010 at 12:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Erin Turner

    i like michelle obama coz she is very down to earth person.;,

    October 4, 2010 at 11:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Chloe Anderson

    obesity kills people, lots of diseases are triggered by obesity'*'

    October 5, 2010 at 04:59 | Report abuse | Reply
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