February 9, 2012
Happy birthday to Michelle Obama's "Let’s Move!" campaign! Thursday, February 9, the first lady’s initiative to eliminate childhood obesity turns two years old. Obama kicked off celebrations in Iowa where she led students in the "Interlude" dance, which was created at the University of Northern Iowa and then went viral (watch YouTube video here).
Obama can certainly count many successes, including getting more kids to move and more recently, making talk show hosts healthier.
After getting Jay Leno to eat his vegetables and beating Ellen in a push-up contest, Obama competed in a fitness duel against Jimmy Fallon.
The contest was complete with a stair race leading into push-ups, tug-of-war, hula hooping (see ACE's research study to see if this is an effective form of exercise), dodge ball, and potato sack race. Watch to find out who finally won:
Congratulations on celebrating the secnod anniversary of "Let’s Move," Mrs. Obama. ACE is proud to sponsor your efforts.
And by the way, while Jimmy Fallon can make his point about being back on the couch by 12:37 a.m. to watch his show, we agree with you that parents should not tell their kids to get active while lying on the couch. ACE also believes parents should take an active role in helping their kids get active and healthy.
By the American Council on Exercise