Today, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum establishing a task force on childhood obesity, a cause taken on by First Lady Michelle Obama.
â€œItâ€™s done, honey,â€ the president said upon signing it.
â€œNow we work,â€ she responded.
According to the White House, the new task force is charged with developing an interagency action plan to solve the problem of obesity among our Nationâ€™s children as part of the First Ladyâ€™s Let's Move campaign.
The President applauded the work already done by the First Lady and her task force.
â€œI am so proud of the work that the First Lady, along with the Cabinet Secretaries behind me, has done in trying to tackle one of the most urgent health issues that we face in this country, and that is the increase of childhood obesity. And because of the outstanding planning that they've done, they are going to be rolling out a terrific plan of action that involves the private sector as well as government agencies coordinating much more effectively a lot of public information out there to help parents make good decisions about allowing their children to be active and eating healthier.â€ (whitehouse.gov)
Speaking at an event later, the FirstÂ Lady explained what motivated her to take this on:Â "These words â€“ 'overweight' and 'obese' â€“ they donâ€™t tell the full story.Â This isnâ€™t just about inches and pounds or how our kids look.Â Itâ€™s about how our kids feel, and how they feel about themselves.Â Itâ€™s about the impact weâ€™re seeing on every aspect of their lives." (whitehouse.gov)
Note: Photo from Official White House Website. Whitehouse.gov
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