First lady fights obesity in Iowa

February 9, 2012
by Amy Hubbard
Los Angeles Times


First Lady Michelle Obama on Thursday kicked off a national "Let's Move!" anniversary tour, part of her effort to fight childhood obesity, by heading to Iowa. But obese children are comparatively scarce in that Heartland state.

Better she had begun in, say, Mississippi, where there are 10% more obese children than in Iowa -- and where parents also tend to be much heavier.

Obama's visit to Iowa -- where she appeared at the Wells Fargo Arena and cheered on thousands of children in exercises and heart-pumping dances -- coincides with a push by that state to become the nation's healthiest by 2016, reported the Des Moines Register.

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