Mrs. Obama was met by more than 400 cheering employees at the Department of Health and Human Services in D.C. today. The First Lady talked a lot about childhood obesity. She stressed it as a “major public health threat” that in 20-30 years will translate into more incidence of heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure.
She added that about one in three U.S. children now are overweight or obese; it’s about one in two among African-American and Hispanic children. Mrs. Obama also urged Americans to make small changes like adding fruits to diets, ditching sugary sodas for water and cooking at home more often.
Lastly, she pointed out the Recovery Act has $1 billion in funding for prevention and wellness programs.