‘Let’s move’ away from mystery meat

Michelle Obama is encouraging a new generation of healthy eaters.

by Candice Wheeler

LetâÄôs Move!, the campaign Michelle Obama started in 2010 to prevent childhood obesity, is currently in effect in Minnesota. The Minneapolis Pubic School system said âÄúhasta la vistaâÄù to the famous chicken patty and is now offering new healthy lunch choices âÄî all of which include a serving of fruit and vegetables âÄî the first substantial change to school nutrition in 15 years.

The great part of this initiative is that it has the ability to succeed despite the fact that my rebellious fourth-grade brother is planning a strike to get his chocolate milk back.

More than any generations before, todayâÄôs youth understand the importance of being healthy. In this yearâÄôs NFL PLAY 60 Super Kid contest, 10,000 kids pledged to devote 60 minutes a day to exercise. And these good habits lead to more good habits.

There are about 25 million children who are overweight or obese in the U.S. today âÄî a number that has tripled over the past 30 years. Obesity, especially in children, can lead to Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Unlike the majority of policies we hear around election time, LetâÄôs Move! is something everyone can agree on. We can focus on important issues instead of losing ourselves amidst the constant coverage and debates of presidential hopefuls. âÄúWeâÄôve got a lot of work to do in the White House,âÄù Obama emphasized on her visit to the Jay Leno show last week. âÄúWe pretty much stay focused on what we have to do.âÄù

Some believe the first ladyâÄôs recent public appearances have an underlying motive: getting votes. But sheâÄôs not campaigning for her husband; sheâÄôs only educating the public of the programâÄôs undeniable significance.

Increasing public awareness of an issue as relevant to our society shouldnâÄôt be mistaken for a political issue. Our focus, as a nation, should be working together and improving. If Americans can continue to unite with a sense of urgency on issues involving youth, the trend could become habitual for generations to come.