Are you moving yet?
February 9th, 2011
10:37 AM ET

Are you moving yet?

A year after launching an effort to reduce childhood obesity called “Let’s Move!” first lady Michelle Obama is out promoting the nationwide efforts for healthier living and more active lifestyle this week.

Read Obama's blog post on The Chart

Walmart announced in partnership with the program that it will sell healthier, affordable products – reformulating foods to eliminate all trans-fats, reduce sodium in foods such as deli meats and salad dressing by 25 percent, and added sugars by 10 percent.

Late in 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was passed, giving the federal government greater authority to set nutritional standards for foods sold in vending machines and school.

Obama has planted a veggie garden at the White House, bringing local school children for the harvest.  She urged restaurants to make their foods healthier and reduce portion sizes.

She rallied mayors, chefs, schools and even the military touting more active lifestyles and healthier diets.  The effort has not been without controversy, however, as Sarah Palin accused her of invading personal choices.

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  1. VinoBianco

    Only Sarah Palin would find a way to criticize something so positive as making kids have healthier lifestyles.

    February 9, 2011 at 10:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • followup

      I agree – only Palin. I suppose she's in favor of allowing kids to have a choice as to whether they have access to other hazards as well. Following Palins form of anti-logic "forcing" kids not to look both ways before crossing the street would amount to "invading their personal choice." What a "choice" candidate for president she would make.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:26 | Report abuse |
  2. Diana

    With the soaring rates of obesity in this country, obviously a large percentage of people in this country make awful personal choices regarding their health. Providing nutritional information, better ingredients, smart food choice information and normal portion sized entrees at restaurants are not invading our personal choices. Sarah Palin will oppose anything that could actually benefit and help the American people in terms of getting the good food we deserve without the massive amounts of sodium, HFCS and other preservatives that are poisons to the human body!

    February 9, 2011 at 11:20 | Report abuse | Reply
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  3. FirstResponder

    Nice photo op – but why did they pick a healthy-looking non-obese kid for the picture? Surely he is in the minority from what I have seen on the streets of our cities. And most of the kids I see at the mall couldn't run ten feet to a pool if their pants were on fire.

    February 9, 2011 at 11:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Bill

    I am moving. I started with Michelle's advice and had a Super Bowl feast with Shrimp, Crad, Gondolas, Chips and Dip, and Deep Dish Pizza. Seriously though, the Hunger Free Act is a useless peice of information as children wiill just starve at school and wait until they get home. i would rather my child eat pizza than starve because someone decided he should eat what they want instead of him making his own decisions.

    February 9, 2011 at 11:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anongirl30

      Food can taste good and be healthy at the same time, you know. That's what we should be teaching children.

      February 9, 2011 at 11:58 | Report abuse |
  5. Odalice yolanda feliz

    omg I think is a great Idea Michelle Obama is helping the youth in loosing weight and eating healthy....I work at Publix and I'm happy to see moms buy healthy food for there kids instead of junk food, which are high in fatties and sugar and oil.

    February 9, 2011 at 11:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Matt

    You cannot be at your best without eating healthy. If we have a nation of people fueling themselves with garbage, we are going to take a back seat to some of these other countries that eat natural foods and can control their portions. I am 100% on board wtih what the Obamas are doing. Making a change when it comes to something like this has to start from the top. If everyone starts eating healthy, people will be less sick, less overweight, and the cost of natural foods will come down as it will be in higher demand.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ruth

      True but don't take it to extremes. I eat very healthy but allow myself to "sin" a little bit so I don't completely fall off the wagon.

      February 9, 2011 at 13:12 | Report abuse |
  7. Ruth

    Last nigt I did a Zumba class followed by Salsa and the Swing dancing.

    February 9, 2011 at 13:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Lincoln Brigham

    Children by definition are not fully qualified to make decisions for themselves. If they were, they'd be called adults.

    February 9, 2011 at 14:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Leila H

    My son will start kindergarten next year in a GA public school. He will only get 25 minutes recess a day (between 8:00AM to 3:30PM). Apparently, he's lucky to be in a good school, actually the best public school in Atlanta The State of GA is trying to bring recess time to 15 minutes. Others public schools in GA only get 15 to 20 minutes recess, others have recess only every other day and finally some schools have no recess at all. This is beyond my understanding! At a time that everybody is concerned with obesity, allergies, and ADHD, I would think that the State of GA will push for more recess rather than less. The main concern apparently these days is that kids rank high at the tests! As if cutting time out will help test results.

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