April 13, 2012
First lady Michelle Obama marked the one-year anniversary of Joining Forces on Wednesday. In an event at the White House, Mrs. Obama hailed the support she and Dr. Biden received when they called upon the country to support military and its families — only one percent of the population.
"Not a single person that we've talked to, that we have approached, has told us that they could not help -- not a single person," Obama said. "We've asked; they said yes."
The first lady even mentioned how people have gone beyond the minimum by doing more than initially planned.
"We'll present something, and [people] double it. They want to do even more. They just keep figuring out how to get more and more people involved," she said.
ACE's CEO Scott Goudeseune with Michelle Obama and members of President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition,at press conference announcing ACE's support of Joining Forces.
Tien Le leading a Joining Forces workout.
ACE responded to the call from the first lady and Dr. Jill Biden a year ago. ACE committed to providing 1 million fitness hours to activated reservists and National Guard members and their immediate families.
photo credits: flickr/US Department of Labor (bottom left); flickr/AN HONORABLE GERMAN (bottom right)
By the American Council on Exercise