First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been relentless in her efforts to fight the good fight against childhood obesity has landed a TV special on TV One that will air Friday, October 29 at 10 PM EST.
The special, "Let's Move with First Lady Michelle Obama" is a candid discussion with "Washington Watch" host Roland Martin about the various components that leads to childhood obesity and includes a game plan on how to combat it.
The interview which takes place on the White House grounds and by the First Lady's hand-planted vegetable garden, will also cover the genesis of her awareness about the grave issue of obesity that has more than tripled over the last thirty years. Interestingly, the First Lady also offers advice and a cautionary word from her own children's pediatrician as well.
"I thought that, if I don't realize that my habits and our cultural transitions are affecting our children, then where is everybody else on this issue?" Mrs. Obama says. "And having conversations across the country, [I was] finding that more families are struggling with this issue, not realizing the impact that it's having, particularly on the African American community - one in three kids in this country is overweight or obese, but in our community, 40 percent of our kids are overweight or obese."
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin will also discuss the problem that has both immediate and long-term health impacts. Martin will allow viewers to peep into the healthy guidelines that are being followed by students at the River Terrace Elementary School in Washington, DC.The administrators at the school are diligently working to promote student physical activity and healthy eating habits.
Viewers will also be introduced to urban farmer Will Allen in Milwaukee who teaches city dwellers to garden and grow healthy food. Martin will visit a store that is helping to erase the "food desert" in Philadelphia. Folks will learn about organizations whose mission is to put an end to childhood obesity.
"All our folks didn't fight this hard for us to get to this point to find that the biggest threat to our children today could be their own health," the First Lady says. "...This is a real issue. We've got so much more work to do on all the other hard issues that we've got to be healthy. We've got to be ready to work, and this generation has to be prepared physically and mentally for that challenge. And this is in our power. This is something we can control. There are barriers for sure, but in terms of what we put into our bodies and how we move, that's on us - if we have the information and the support."
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