Joins First Lady Michelle Obama to support her Let’s Move initiative

Washington, DC— Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) joined First Lady Michelle Obama and national leaders at the White House today to kick-off the Let’s Move campaign to end the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. Childhood obesity rates across the country have tripled over the last 30 years, and nearly one third of all children in America are overweight or obese. As they grow up, these children will be more at risk for diseases such as heart disease, asthma, cancer, and high blood pressure.

The First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative will address the issue of childhood obesity by engaging schools, families, and communities to help kids be more active, eat better, and to live healthier lives. It also calls for the creation of a new foundation, the Partnership for a Healthier America, to support and coordinate with states, communities, and the non-profit and for-profit sectors to help address childhood obesity.

President Obama also announced he had signed a Presidential Memorandum to create the first ever Task Force on Childhood Obesity, which will coordinate federal agencies to issue an action plan to optimize federal resources and set goals for the First Lady’s initiative.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said, “I commend First Lady Michelle Obama for this initiative to establish a Task Force on Childhood Obesity.  With her leadership, we finally will begin to see real progress being made in reducing the alarming childhood obesity rates.  It is unacceptable from a public health standpoint to see more and more children being treated for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type II diabetes.

“Congress has an opportunity to make important strides this year with the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act.  We need to enact meaningful reforms in our child nutrition programs that encourage healthier eating habits and promote physical activity if we are to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. It was once unimaginable that children could face a shorter lifespan than their parents.  But we are in danger of this becoming reality if we fail to act.”