County Joins Michelle Obama to Fight Childhood Obesity

Alameda County on Wednesday became one of the first counties in California to sign on with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity. County officials joined representatives of Oakland-based Revolution Foods at a local school to publicize the new initiative focusing on healthier food choices and exercise as the keys to wiping out the epidemic of childhood obesity. “We are thrilled to be one of the first counties in the state to adopt the First Lady’s campaign,’’ County Supervisor Keith Carson said in a conversation with students and faculty at Oakland’s Lighthouse Community Charter School. “I look forward to enlisting leaders from California’s 57 other counties to develop a state-wide approach to providing children with greater access to healthy food choices,” he said. At the event, children worked with the staff of Revolution Foods to make healthy fruit snacks during the school lunch hour. Alameda County is partnering with Revolution Foods, a company that showcases healthy food choices in serving more than 600 school lunchrooms and more than 120,000 school meals across the country each day. Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative that was launched by Michelle Obama in 2010 and is dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and better equipped to pursue their dreams.
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