ATLANTA — First lady Michelle Obama took her 1-year-old campaign against childhood obesity to the South today, munching blueberries with second-graders as she toured an elementary school that has embraced her call for healthy eating.
The first lady visited the Burgess-Peterson Academy in Atlanta, touting that public school's efforts to improve student nutrition and fitness as she marked the first anniversary of her "Let's Move!" campaign. She snacked on some blueberries with a second-grade class and checked out the school's garden with first-graders.
"We're going to need you to be big and strong because we need you to grow up and do important things," Obama told the excited pupils, reminding them to eat lots of fruits and veggies.
She confided in the class that President Barack Obama likes to snack on figs.
Mrs. Obama is working to combat what many health experts are calling a national epidemic of obesity, particularly in children — one in three U.S. children are overweight or obese. The experts say obesity puts children at a greater risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and other medical conditions.
In the past year, Obama has taken her campaign before school groups, food makers and others, urging them to build more bike paths and playgrounds and to serve healthier school lunches. She has even held an exercise class with children on the White House lawn and toured school gardens modeled after her famous Pennsylvania Avenue patch.