Michelle Obama visits Atlanta

February 10, 2011  |  

(AJC) — Touting what she called a fundamental shift in how America lives and eats, first lady Michelle Obama made Georgia her prime stop Wednesday to celebrate the first anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign aimed at improving children’s health.    “It’s a conversation about what our kids eat and how active they are,” Obama told parents and community leaders at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, one of two stops she made in metro Atlanta. “About how they feel about themselves. And about what that means, not just their physical and emotional health, but for their success in school and in life.”  To that end, Obama unveiled a public service campaign to provide parents and families information on healthy food and physical activity. She spent the early afternoon at Atlanta Public School’s Burgess-Peterson Academy handing out snacks of fresh blueberries and touring the East Atlanta school’s organic garden.  “I’m so proud of you,” Obama told students in Megan Kiser’s second-grade class, where one student, 7-year-old Laniya Bentley, had already decided to dedicate the pink Valentine’s Day’s planter she was making to the first lady. “She’s beautiful,” Laniya said, before being reminded why she was receiving such a special visit.  “Eating right is not only good for your body, but it’s good for your mind,” Obama told the children, before touring a garden filled with winter crops.

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