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Broward County Joins First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” Initiative

DATE: September 21, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager
Broward County Board of County Commissioners
PHONE: 954-357-8053
EMAIL: kmaroe@broward.org

Let's Move Group

Broward County Commissioners have passed a proclamation in support of County and local programs that aim to end childhood obesity. The Broward County Nutrition and Fitness Task Force is a coalition of community groups working together to stop the epidemic of severely overweight children. The formation of the task force and the programs that are to follow lay the foundation for Broward Countya��s response to where can i buy cialis online. first lady Michelle Obamaa��s Leta��s Move! campaign.

a�?This initiative has many components. One is to get children to get out and engage in physical activities, the second is the nutritional component that seeks to end so-called a�?food desertsa�� which are communities where fresh foods may not be readily available. Wea��re encouraging business expansion in those communities,a�? said Broward Commissioner Ilene Lieberman who co-sponsored the proclamation with Broward Commissioner Dale Holness.

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and nearly 1-in-3 children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities.

a�?I represent a district that has a number of people who have little to no income and lack the finances and ability to make healthy choices on behalf of their children. Ia��m involved in many community programs that encourage sports and exercise to benefit children,a�? said Commissioner Holness.

Under the leadership of the Broward County Commission, the Countya��s Human Services Department has engaged a number of County agencies and community partners to join in the effort to make Broward a healthier community. Commissioners Lieberman and Holness participated in the a�?Future Firsta�? televised program sponsored by the Children Services Council of Broward County which explores a number of efforts taking place to fight childhood obesity. The a�?Future Firsta�? program on childhood obesity can be seen at broward.org/video.

a�?Activities to promote health and wellness in Browarda��s children are being incorporated at Broward County parks and libraries, through programs offered by the Broward Health department and School District and a number of community provider networks,a�? said Human Services Deputy Director Mike Elwell. Community partners include the Childrena��s Services Council, YMCA, Running with Sole, Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to You (FLIPANY) and numerous others.

The Community Partnerships Division Health Care Services Section will host a Broward Let’s Move! Initiative Health Food Demonstration on Thursday, September 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 302 of the Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Learn helpful tips on preparing nutritious and sound meals for you and your family. Also, visit the Let’s Move! Exhibit in the Governmental Center Lobby. For more information, contact Community Partnerships Health Care Services Section at 954-357-5385.

Leta��s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the first lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. The initiative gives parents helpful information and fosters environments that support exercise and healthy choices. It also promotes healthier foods for children in school and works to ensure that every family has access to healthy, affordable food.

Source: Broward County

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