Friday, January 29, 2010

Fighting Childhood Obesity

Yesterday First Lady Michelle Obama visited a YMCA in Alexandria, Virginia to announce the release of the Surgeon General's report about childhood obesity.

After her introduction, the crowd applauded enthusiastically, prompting her to joke about the previous night's incident. "As you know, from last night, I get embarrassed when people stand up and clap for me," she said to laughter. "I don't really know what to do. Do I wave, do I -- it's like, please, just sit down, everyone."

Mrs. Obama explained that her crusade against childhood obesity began on a personal level. After her pediatrician warned that her two daughters' body mass indexes were "getting off-balance," she said she started making subtle changes in their diet -- replacing sugary drinks with water, reducing portion sizes, cutting back on burgers.

She gave few details on the national campaign she is planning. However, the surgeon general's report included a laundry list of recommendations, including:

* Requiring students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 to take physical education.

* Requiring child care providers to offer at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

* Requiring schools to develop comprehensive wellness plans that include policies to offer kids more nutritious lunches.

Courtesy: Huffington Post;/Altantic Journal Constitution:Bob Keefe