*Something that may be especially suitable for the non-socialites, spending this Friday at home, might not be so bad.
On Friday, TV One will air its premiere of a special series with the First Lady Michelle Obama that focuses on childhood obesity. Called Let’s Move with First Lady Michelle Obama, the show centers an interview between her and TV One’s Washington Watch host Roland Martin on her personal efforts to tackle childhood obesity.
Taking place on the White House grounds and by her hand-planted vegetable garden, the First Lady tells Martin about the genesis of her awareness of the issue, which began with her own family’s lifestyle, and advice and a cautionary word from her own children’s pediatrician.
“I thought that, if I don’t realize that my habits and our cultural transitions are affecting our children, then where is everybody else on this issue?” Mrs. Obama says. “And having conversations across the country, [I was] finding that more families are struggling with this issue, not realizing the impact that it’s having, particularly on the African American community — one in three kids in this country is overweight or obese, but in our community, 40 percent of our kids are overweight or obese.”
The show also features an interview with U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, as well as a host of different everyday people fighting obesity in various ways. Like Will Allen, an urban farmer in Milwaukee who teaches inner city residents to garden and grow healthy food in the city and River Terrace Elementary School in Washington, DC, a school which the First Lady has visited and which is working hard to encourage student physical activity and healthy eating habits.
“All our folks didn’t fight this hard for us to get to this point to find that the biggest threat to our children today could be their own health,” the First Lady says.