First lady tackling child obesity

February 8, 2010
by Nancy Benac
Associated Press

"It has to be a pretty aggressive bully pulpit," says Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, a Washington-based public health research organization. "It has to be much more than cajoling, and how do we solve this problem together."

Levi said the first lady, who speaks as a mother as well as a public figure, can have a huge impact by helping change parents' and kids' attitudes toward food and exercise. But an effective campaign against childhood obesity also will require more money to carry out programs to help families turn changed attitudes into action.

"We already have in place a constellation of programs that together can provide the opportunity to make the changes in schools and communities that would make a difference," he said. "The problem is that they are not fully funded."



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