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Michelle Obama to Visit Orlando This Weekend to Promote "Let's Move"

Michelle Obama to Visit Orlando This Weekend to Promote "Let's Move"

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First lady Michelle Obama will visit Orlando this weekend as the final stop in a three-day national tour to commemorate the second anniversary of her "Let's Move" diet-and-exercise campaign. Obama will speak Saturday morning at Northland church in Longwood with representatives of religious groups from across the country that have embraced the diet-and-exercise campaign. The event will feature church choirs and highlight church-based exercise programs. Then she will head to ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort for a workout with families in the afternoon. Free tickets for both events were distributed through participating churches. Her tour, which starts today in Des Moines, Iowa, marks the two-year anniversary of the launch of Let's Move, an initiative targeting the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. The campaign encourages people to exercise and make healthier food choices. "The first lady set out with a vision for this country, to support the health of kids and their families," Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass said during a news conference about the tour. "She wanted to see that firsthand and shine a light on so much of this good work and inspire more individuals and communities and states to ensure that our kids can live healthy lives." Other tour stops include the Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, where defense officials are revising military menus, and the Dallas school district, where lunch menus have fewer hamburgers and more whole-grain foods. On Friday night in Orlando, she will visit a local family that has changed its diet. The Saturday events highlight how the campaign is promoted at churches. The Rev. Joel Hunter, leader of the Northland church, has been a spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama. "There is a lot of energy in the faith community in supporting the first lady's health and wellness message," said the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and a speaker on Saturday. His organization, which includes more than 34,000 Hispanic churches, has embraced the campaign by organizing Zumba dance classes after Sunday services and distributing cooking tips for churchgoers. "We are preaching, if you will, the gospel of good health," Rodriguez said. READ MORE:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/os-michelle-obama-visits-orlando-2012...