First Lady Michelle Obama has become a leader in the mission to combat childhood obesity. In 2010, she introduced her Let’s Move! campaign to inspire kids to eat right and get in shape. Obesity is a big problem in the United States. Nearly one in five kids between the ages of 6 and 19 is severely overweight. Obama’s plan to combat childhood obesity includes convincing grocery stores to sell healthier foods and schools to serve healthier meals. She is also calling on schools to offer regular gym classes and communities to build places where kids can play safely.
To spread the word about Let’s Move!, Obama visits schools across the country. She talks to kids about choosing healthier foods and exercising for at least 60 minutes each day. She also laces up her sneakers and exercises along with them. At Let’s Move! events, Obama has run races, played football, Hula-Hooped and much more.
This year, the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative to support military families. The campaign raises awareness of military families’ unique needs for employment, education and wellness. It also encourages communities to give back to our service members and their families. Joining Forces is working to answer the President’s challenge to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans and military spouses by 2013.
Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She worked at a Chicago law firm, where she met Barack Obama. In 1996, she followed in her mother’s footsteps by taking a job at the University of Chicago as Associate Dean of Student Services. In January 2009, when her husband became President, she became the nation’s first African-American First Lady.
For raising awareness about military families’ hardships and for tackling America’s obesity epidemic, Michelle Obama is a nominee for TFK's 2011 Person of the Year.