As a mother, I know there is nothing more important than a child's health. But today, obesity threatens the health of one out of three American children. That's why we launched Let's Move! -- a nationwide effort to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.
Today I'm excited to introduce the new and improved LetsMove.gov -- an online resource for parents, teachers and community leaders to help our children eat better and become more active:
Tomorrow, I'll be hosting a live chat at 10 a.m. EDT to talk about Let's Move! and answer your questions about the initiative.
Here are a few new features on the site that you should check out:
- Simple steps to success for parents, teachers, local officials, community leaders and chefs with easy, achievable ways to make changes in your day to day lives to improve the health of our nation's kids;
- The Let's Move! blog with the latest news, events and videos that are easy to share with friends and family;
- Ideas and resources for parents and families to get moving in the great outdoors;
- Links to Let's Move! on Facebook where you can connect and share tips with others that are concerned about this issue; and
- Healthy, affordable weekly menu plans and video cooking demonstrations for busy families created by some of the country's top chefs.
Let's Move! is off to a great start. The President's Task Force on Childhood Obesity announced an action plan to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. We launched the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (co-chaired by Olympian Dominique Dawes and NFL Quarterback Drew Brees) broadening the scope of the Council to include a focus on healthy eating in addition to active lifestyles. Chefs are lining up to help schools in their area develop healthier lunches in their cafeterias as part of the Chefs Move to Schools program. And the food industry is getting involved too -- pledging to cut 1.5 trillion product calories by 2015.
I hope you'll join me and the thousands of teachers, doctors, chefs, community leaders, athletes and parents from across the country to help raise a healthier generation of kids.
P.S. Don't forget to join me on Tuesday at 10 AM EDT for a special, live web chat on LetsMove.gov. We'll talk about this important issue and I'll answer some of your questions.