The White House Blog: The First Lady
- Posted byon March 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM EDT
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
- Posted byon March 4, 2014 at 7:18 PM EDT
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."
- Posted byon March 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM EDT
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.
- Posted byon March 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM EDT
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:
Let’s Move! Child Care Reaches Over 12,000 Providers Committed to Instilling Healthy Habits for LifePosted byon February 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM EDT
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.
- Posted byon February 28, 2014 at 1:00 AM EDT
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.
- Posted byon February 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM EDT
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.
- Posted byon February 26, 2014 at 6:11 PM EDT
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.
- Posted byon February 24, 2014 at 7:31 PM EDT
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:
- Posted byon February 21, 2014 at 7:11 PM EDT
Four years ago, the First Lady launched Let’s Move!, a nationwide initiative to create a healthier future for our kids and families. Last night, on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," she kicked off a week-long celebration to mark how far we’ve come:
"One of the things we’ve realized over four years is that there’s a new norm going on. When we took this issue over, there were a lot of people who were critical; that you couldn’t really talk about obesity, that it might not be an issue. But now, over the past four years, communities have been changing. So the day of a child’s life is different from beginning to end. Daycare centers are changing what they feed kids; they’re getting them up and moving. Schools have new lunch standards. After-school programs are getting kids engaged."
To mark the four-year anniversary, the First Lady is asking people of all ages to show her how they move through their everyday fitness routine, how they are making better food choices, or how they are helping move their community toward new standards of health for our kids. The First Lady even promised an exciting surprise: "The fun thing is, is that if we get enough of a response, we’ll have a little surprise: The President -- and maybe the Vice President -- will show us how they move."