Whether blue or red state, fit-first Obama family inspires whole nation


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President Barack Obama and his family hike on Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park in Maine, July 16, 2010. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

According to the Associated Press, White House chef Sam Kass and personal trainer Cornell McClellan answered questions about working for the Obamas as they read to more than 100 children on July 11 at the Department of Education.

Kass said he serves lots of vegetables, including broccoli, spinach, green beans, brown rice, fish and chicken. He said the family still has fun with a pizza or burger, but “we have some very balanced meals,” the report said.

The AP also reported that McClellan said the family does jumping jacks, push-ups, jump rope, boxing, running, soccer and basketball to keep fit. The Obamas are No. 1 on the ballot for fitness in my book!

Here are some of the ways the Obamas are leaving their healthy mark on the nation:

Michelle Obama in 2010 launched Let’s Move!, a campaign to bring together community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide effort to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. The program gives parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices and helping kids become more physically active. Letsmove.gov

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition was most recently known as the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports — originally founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 as the President’s Council on Youth Fitness — until President Obama authorized the name change and expanded the mission of the council to include “nutrition” in the executive order signed in June 2010. Since its inception, the council has been pivotal in getting Americans physically active through various programs, events and initiatives. Fitness.gov

On June 2, 2011, Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. The new icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups. Choosemyplate.gov

In 2010, the Obama administration launched the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, which will bring grocery stores and other healthy food retailers to underserved urban and rural communities across America. Through this new multiyear initiative, and by engaging with the private sector, the administration is working to eliminate food deserts across the country within seven years. Acf.hhs.gov