First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Two Clinton Elementary Schools to Talk about Healthy EatingBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 27 Feb 2013 11:21pm |
First Lady Michelle Obama is praising Mississippi's effort to reduce childhood obesity by 13 percent . And as MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports she is hoping to use Mississippi's progress to inspire other states and communities across the country.
First Lady Michelle Obama received a warm welcome from students, educators and community members who filled the gymnasium of a Clinton Elementary school yesterday
"Now as you probably know there is a reason why I wanted to come here to this state for the very first day of our Let's Move anniversary tour. And that's because what's happening here in Mississippi is really what Let's Move is all about. It's the story of what you all have achieved here that we wanna tell. It's the story that we wanna tell in every state across this country."
The first Lady praised the efforts of the states department of education’s initiative to increase fresh fruits and vegetables and eliminate fatty fried foods on campuses.
“That means that tens of thousands of children here in Mississippi are getting the healthy start to their lives that they need. They’ve got more energy as a result. They’re at lower risk for diseases like diabetes and heart disease and cancer. And they’ve got more of the nutrition that they need to succeed in school which is crucial for them to succeed in life which is our ultimate goal for them.”
Celebrity Chef Rachel Ray has joined in on Mrs. Obama’s Let's Move Campaign by teaching students how to develop an appreciation for healthy eating.
"And then what happens is magic, the kids become the boss of that and they retrain their whole family. And It's just exciting to be where I think we're gonna see some meaningful change before these kids become adults."
The concept that Ray is speaking of is one former Copiah County school teacher Odessa Cherry says she used with her students.
"We brought in the papaya, the mango to show them there was an alternative and it made a difference because they went home telling their family, I need to get some of this."
"So I'm here to say Mississippi congratulations on your work. Thank you for taking the lead on this issue. Thank you for serving as an inspiration for serving as an inspiration for states and communities across this country."
Even though Mississippi's child hood obesity rate is down 13 percent the state remains the most obese in the nation. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.
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