Wednesday, March 3, 2010

First Lady in Mississippi to Promote Let's Move

Michelle Obama (right) takes a tour of the playground at Pecan Park Elementary School in Jackson on Wednesday. (Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger)

Michelle Obama was in Jackson to promote her Let's Move! campaign. Brinkley Middle School is the second of two stops in Mississippi, which ranks No. 1 in childhood and adult obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Her first stop was at Pecan Park Elementary in Jackson, looking at that school's exercise equipment and walking track. Mrs. Obama chose Pecan Park Elementary because the school has taken several steps to encourage students to participate in more physical activity. The school’s walking trail was completed in 2007, and it added a playground and cardiovascular workstations.

Mrs. Obama then stopped at Brinkley because it’s one of three Jackson schools participating in a project sponsored by the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation to increase healthy eating, nutrition, and physical fitness.

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