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Michelle Obama’s Initial Doubts About Fighting Childhood Obesity

Just in case you’re not a regular reader of the journal “Childhood Obesity,” FLOTUS — The First Lady of the United States — has written the foreword to this month’s edition. She begins with her initial doubts about whether progress fighting children’s obesity was possible:

When I first decided to focus on the issue of childhood obesity, I wondered whether it was really possible to make a difference. I knew the conventional wisdom on this issue —- particularly when it comes to changing how and what our kids eat. There’s the assumption that kids don’t like healthy food, so why try to feed it to them? There’s the belief that healthy food doesn’t sell as well, so companies will never change the products they offer. There’s the sense that this problem is so big, and so entrenched, that no matter what we do, we’ll never be able to solve it.

Now, she writes, she’s thrilled to report that “We have begun to change the conversation about childhood obesity in America.”

I know, I know, it’s political and there’s a very, very long way to go to reverse the current wave of childhood obesity. But I’m a sucker for good news, and she offers a nice roundup of some: Continue reading

Why To Exercise Today: Because Beyonce Makes You

I defy you to watch this and not move. Is this not the catchiest little get-up video you’ve ever seen? (If not, I’d love to hear what is.) The first version is the official one. (Fusty reaction: I think I’d do it without the high heels, and definitely add a jogging bra.) But the second, below, makes the choreography clearer, and is oddly endearing.

Thanks to the Mayor’s Health Line Blog for sharing word of the new videos. It reports that the Beyonce video will be part of a “national dance-in” at middle schools across the country on May 3 at 1:42:

In order to promote exercise and healthy habits, Beyonce released a rewritten version of her “Get Me Bodied” song. In the new music video, “Move Your Body”, Beyonce joins kids to perform a flash workout routine in a school cafeteria. This project teams up with Michelle Obama’s Lets Move Campaign. Let’s Move! is an initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.