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Bridget Johnson


February 20, 2013 - 4:26 pm

First lady Michelle Obama is going on a national tour next week to celebrate the third anniversary of her “Let’s Move!” program against childhood obesity.

Obama will also travel to New York City this week to talk about the third anniversary of “Let’s Move!” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show, according to the White House.

“Thanks to these efforts, families now have access to more information to make healthier decisions for their children. Young people now have more opportunities for physical activity in their communities. Food in schools has been dramatically improved. More Americans now have access to healthy, affordable food closer to home. And the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off, and even declined in some cities and states,” the administration said in announcing the tour.

Next Wednesday, Obama and Rachel Ray will be in Clinton, Miss., to laud new school lunch regulations with “more fruits, vegetables, low-fat or fat-free milk varieties, and whole grains; less saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium; and proper portion size.”

On Feb. 28 in Chicago, Obama Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, NIKE, Inc. President & CEO Mark Parker, Dominique Dawes, Gabby Douglas, Allyson Felix, Bob Harper, Bo Jackson, Colin Kaepernick, Sarah Reinertsen, Paul Rodriguez, Serena Williams, and “a surprise musical guest” at an event.

The first lady will then go poke around a Wal-Mart in Springfield, Mo., “to see changes Walmart has made to reduce sodium and added sugars from packaged food items, to make healthier food more affordable, and to include a simple front-of-package seal for identifying healthier food choices.”

Obama will follow up the stops with a Google+ hangout on March 4 and answering Twitter questions via her @FLOTUS account on March 6.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Emily, want to hear about how the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox are already helping fight childhood obesity at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle? Come and visit us!

The 25th Annual DuPage County Institute Conference in partnership with Exergame Fitness, will be co-hosting a pre-conference event focusing on Exergaming. February 28th, 8:30am-3:30 participants will hear from leading experts who research the impacts of Exergaming in physical education, mental health, and academics. Attendees will find this full day pre-conference to be fun, educational, and inspiring as we move forward in creating a physical education experience that engages children, teaches healthy lifestyles, increases academic performance, and battles childhood obesity.
One of our presenters George Velarde, is one of the people Nike and their "Designed to Move" campaign for PE has been built off of. George will be presenting at our Conference on the impact of Physical Education in schools. Hope to see you there!

Nike ‘Designed to Move� and George Velarde
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Bridget! COME PLAY WITH US! Michelle is coming to our town! but she is going to the WONG EVENT! the day after her delivery, we are hosting an EXERGAME EDUCATION WORKSHOP @ Bulls Sox Academy with the REAL thought leaders for the REAL message she is searching for! I'm serious! See: Come down and see us! and Bring Michelle with you :)
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