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November 27, 2012 > Let's Move! to fight childhood obesity

Let's Move! to fight childhood obesity

Submitted By Guy Ashley, Photo by Hannah Greene

Alameda County, on October 31, became one of the first counties in California to sign on with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity. Top county officials joined representatives of Oakland-based Revolution Foods at a nearby school to push the new initiative focusing on healthier food choices and exercise as the keys to wiping out the epidemic of childhood obesity.

"We are thrilled to be one of the first counties in the state to adopt the First Lady's Let's Move! Challenge," Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson said in a conversation with students and faculty at Oakland's Lighthouse Community Charter School. "I look forward to enlisting leaders from California's 57 other counties to develop a state-wide approach to providing children with greater access to healthy food choices."

Let's Move! is a comprehensive initiative that was launched by the First Lady in 2010 and is dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and better equipped to pursue their dreams.

Alameda County's Let's Move! campaign goals include:
* To provide children with a healthier start by incorporating best practices for nutrition, physical activity and screen time into early care and education programs;

* To provide healthy food in schools by increasing participation in the School Breakfast Program and the School Lunch Program;

* To improve access to healthy, affordable foods by implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines in all county venues that serve food.

More information about the Let's Move! campaign can be found at http://www.letsmove.gov/.

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