The White House Blog: The First Lady

  • West Wing Week 3/7/14 or “Look Who’s In Our Room”

    This week, The White House hosted its first ever White House Student Film Festival, while the President addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, presented his budget for Fiscal Year 2015, urged Congress to raise the minimum wage, and held a town hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act.


  • A Day in the Life: The First Lady Talks Healthy Families in Miami

    We never know what curveballs life is going to throw at us. But we do know that those curveballs come. That’s why it’s so important that everyone – including healthy young adults – sign up for health insurance and get our friends and family to sign up too. Today, I'm traveling to Miami to meet with folks doing extraordinary work on the ground to get more people health coverage — and I'm taking over the @MichelleObama Instagram account to share it all with you.

    I hope you'll follow along and help me get the word out.

    Hi everyone, it's Michelle! I'm taking over the Instagram account today during my trip to Miami to talk about the health of our country's families, and why it's so important for everyone to #GetCovered. I hope you follow along. -mo


  • The First Lady Honors International Women of Courage

    International Women of Courage Awards

    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the International Women of Courage Awards ceremony at the State Departmentin Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

    First Lady Michelle Obama joined Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom at the Department of State today to honor recipients of the International Women of Courage Award.

    "This is the sixth time that I’ve had the pleasure of attending this event, and it is one of the highlights of my year because I always walk away feeling inspired by these women, determined to reflect their courage in my own life,” Mrs. Obama said. “And I know I’m not alone in that feeling because every day, with every life they touch and every spirit they raise, these women are creating ripples that stretch across the globe."


  • First Lady Michelle Obama Travels to China And Invites Young People to Participate

    Note: Visit WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Visit to sign up for email updates from the First Lady and get the latest news about the trip.

    On March 19th, I’ll be heading to China for an official visit – and I want young people like you across America to join me.

    Over the past five years as First Lady, I’ve traveled around the world – to countries like Mexico, India, South Africa, Ireland and others across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America – and China is another important stop on this journey.  With more than 1.3 billion people, China is the most populous country on earth, and it plays an important role on the world stage.

    My husband and I take the time to visit countries like China because we know that today, more than ever before, our lives here in America are connected to the lives of people around the world. 


  • The Week in Photos: Let's Move! Fourth Anniversary

    The First Lady kicked off the celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move! last week by asking Americans across the country to show her how they are moving this country to a healthier new norm.

    She asked them to Tweet it, Facebook it,  or Instagram itusing the hashtag #LetsMove. She said if enough people showed us how they move, the President and the Vice President would show us how they move – and they delivered.

    For a full recap of this online campaign, check out the Let's Move! Storify page.

    And now, the week in photos:

    First Lady Michelle Obama at WAT-AHH event

    First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students after viewing WAT-AHH!'s "Taking Back the Streets" exhibit at the New Museum in New York, N.Y., Feb. 20, 2014. Participants include Sophia Rose Stewart-Chapman, a 13 year-old 8th grader and her classmates from the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin School. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    First Lady Michelle Obama Joins Jimmy Fallon

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins Jimmy Fallon onstage during "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" at the 30 Rock Studios in New York, N.Y., Feb. 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Watch First Lady Michelle Obama's appearance on Jimmy Fallon

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a "Let's Move!" school wellness event

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a "Let's Move!" school wellness event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

    Learn more about the school wellness event.

    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in Zumba with Mario Lopez

    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in Zumba with Mario Lopez during a "Let's Move!" event in Miami, Fla., Feb. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

    Read the First Lady's remarks from Miami.

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Find out more about this announcement.

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Check out the news from Let's Move! Child Care.


  • Let’s Move! Child Care Reaches Over 12,000 Providers Committed to Instilling Healthy Habits for Life

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Ed. note. This is cross-posted from the Let's Move blog. See the original post here.

    This week, First Lady Michelle Obama visited a local child care center to highlight the progress of Let’s Move! Child Care and recognize a new child care provider signing on to support the program. Since launching in 2011, over 12,000 providers have committed to fostering healthy environments and instilling healthy habits among our nation’s preschoolers that will last a lifetime. Through Let’s Move! Child Care, providers are increasing physical activity, limiting screen time, serving healthier food and beverages, and supporting breastfeeding mothers. More than 1 million children are being reached by early childhood education networks that have committed to Let’s Move! Child Care.


  • West Wing Week 02/28/14 or "I Am My Brother's Keeper"

    This week, the President announced two new manufacturing hubs, and his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, toured a new light rail system in St. Paul, Minnesota, and spoke on the importance of supporting American infrastructure jobs. The First Lady celebrated the fourth anniversary of her "Let's Move" Initiative with both Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, while the Vice President kicked off the inaugural episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers.


  • Helping Families Make Healthier Choices: FDA to Update Nutrition Facts Label

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Ed. note. This is cross-posted from the Let's Move blog. See the original post here.

    This morning at the White House, the celebration of Let’s Move!’s fourth anniversary continued with another announcement demonstrating how the country is moving toward a healthier new norm. As part of continued efforts to ensure that parents have the information they need to make healthier choices, the First Lady was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to announce proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label, which is on over 700,000 products that you find in your local grocery store. 


  • Creating Healthier Out-of-School Environments for Kids Across the Country

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Let's Move! blog. See the original post here.

    Continuing the celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady traveled to Miami to visit a parks and recreation center to highlight a new announcement around healthy out-of-school time programs. In a commitment to the Partnership for a Healthier America, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America will work to create healthy environments for their out-of-school time programs.


  • Kids Teach the First Lady and Will Ferrell About Being Healthy

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Let's Move! blog. See the original post here.

    Over and over again, we’re faced with the challenge of how to get kids to eat healthy foods and stay active, so who better to hear from than the kids themselves?

    In celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady and Will Ferrell hosted a Let’s Move! “focus group” with young kids to ask them about eating healthy and being active. Here’s what they had to say: