First Lady Joins Forces with MLB to Strike Out Childhood Obesity


Obama announced the news today at Oriole Park, home of the Baltimore Orioles, and will throw an opening pitch tonight to emphasize the initiative.

First Lady Michelle Obama has enlisted the help of Major League Baseball in her fight against childhood obesity.

Obama made the announcement this morning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles. The news came before the start of a baseball skills clinic, hosted by the Orioles and the Rays, that Obama participated in.

In addition to her announcement, Obama also talked with the players about making healthy lifestyle choices.

"The truth is, guys, you are supposed to be getting at least 60 minutes of active play every single day," Obama said. "That's what has led athletes to be the great players they have today. Because they never stop moving. That's what you guys need to do and that's why we're here.”

The First Lady will also participate in a First Pitch Ceremony before tonight’s game to emphasize the initiative.

"We've got to get you guys focused and moving,” Obama continued. ”When these players were kids, they found a sport that they loved. They practiced and practiced and practiced until they were better at it than anybody else. We want you guys to do the same thing."

To read more about this story, please check out the following links:

First Lady Announces 'Let's Move!' Campaign

First Lady, MLB Team Up vs. Child Obesity

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