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First Lady Michelle has announced a nationwide program called “Let’s Move,” which will address the problem of childhood obesity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 16% of American children between the ages of 6 – 9 are overweight or obese. Obesity is more prevalent among African-American children than any other group of children. The numbers have been steadily climbing. If left unchecked, obesity can lead to heart problems, hypertension, diabetes, and a list of other ailments.

There are four key “pillars” to the campaign:

1)Better nutritional and exercise information for parents

2) An increase in physical exercise for children

3) Improving the quality of food available in schools

4) Making healthy foods readily available and affordable

Read more: http://elev8.com/health/yogaflava/michelle-obama-lets-move-challenges-childhood-obesity/#ixzz0kjhIVbRo