First Lady Michelle Obama Announces $500M Donation To Combat Childhood Obesity

February 9, 2015  |  

Childhood obesity has long be an issue that First Lady Michelle Obama is passionate about. And she recently announced while visiting Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School in NYC. a $500 million donation funding the fight against childhood obesity.

She marked the fifth anniversary of the federal Let’s Move effort, which Mrs. Obama spearheaded, at the Manhattan school, which has adopted the effort’s healthy eating and exercise program. Nationwide, Let’s Move has helped decrease the average obesity rates among the youngest children.

“Together, we started a national conversation on this issue and we’re seeing changes at every level from individual schools to families to the halls of Congress,” she said.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused solely to the public’s health, made the huge donation and the money will be earmarked for the initiative to urge “educators and families to serve healthier food and to organize more exercise, while cutting back on snacking as well as portion size, avoiding things like sugary drinks and lobbying manufacturers to produce quality foods,” reports Black America Web.

This isn’t the first time the foundation has given money in the fight against childhood obesity. It also donated $500 million in 2007.

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