Michelle Obama

TFK 2012 Person of the Year Nominee

Nov 28, 2012 | By TIME For Kids Staff
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Though First Lady Michelle Obama spent much of her time helping her husband get reelected this year, she still devoted herself wholeheartedly to many causes, including 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 U.S.. About one in six children here is obese, and nearly one in three is overweight. The First Lady’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 , Obama visits schools across the country.

This year, Obama released her first book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. The book promotes healthy eating and shares some of her experiences working in the garden.

In 2011, the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, launched Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative to support military families. The campaign raises awareness about the unique needs of military families in the areas of employment, education and wellness. It also encourages communities to give back to our service members and their families.

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 her tireless efforts to help military families and for tackling America’s obesity epidemic, Michelle Obama is a nominee for TFK's 2012 Person of the Year.

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