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First Lady Michelle Obama launches “Let’s Move! Active Schools”

First Lady Michelle Obama was in Chicago Thrusday for the launch of “Let’s Move! Active Schools” – a campaign to bring physical activity back to America’s schools.

The program provides simple steps and tools to help schools create active environments where students get 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after the school day.

Obama called on school staff, families and communities to work together to reach an ambitious goal of engaging 50,000 schools in this program over the next five years.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas was in Chicago Thursday and visited the WGN Evening news to talk about the new Let’s Move Active Schools initiative.

First Lady Michelle Obama marks the third anniversary of her “Let’s Move!” initiative by unveiling “Let’s Move! Active Schools” in Chicago on Thursday.

During an event at McCormick Place, she urged kids to be more active to improve their health and well-being.

She pointed out only one in three children are active everyday. She argued it’s time to make activity a way of life and fun again.

“For me, playing sports taught me how to be a part of a team, taught me how to be aggressive, how to compete and win, which were important lessons for a young girl, especially back then,” said Mrs. Obama.

The First Lady acknowledged many schools can’t afford programs for activities due to budget woes, but believes activities come in all forms, and don’t have to cost a lot of money.

After her visit to Chicago, the First Lady will head to Springfield, Missouri to see the changes Walmart is doing to make its foods healthier and more affordable.

First Lady Michelle Obama is in Chicago today to celebrate the third anniversary of her anti-obesity program called “Let’s Move.”

She’ll be joined by thousands of children and school teachers for a big announcement at McCormick Place.

The White House says Mayor Emanuel and the CEO of Nike will join Mrs. Obama to launch a new program to increase physical activity in schools.

Also expected to appear at the event,  Olympic gold medalist and Indiana native Gabby Douglas, tennis star Serena Williams, 49es quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Bo Jackson.    The White House says a “surprise musical guest” will also be there.

For more information on the new program, check out the new website, letsmoveschools.org

Thousands of Chicago school children and teachers will help the first lady celebrate the third anniversary of her anti-obesity program called “Let’s Move.”

The White House is promising a big announcement from Mrs. Obama and the CEO of Nike about a new program to increase physical activity in schools.

The private event will be held Thursday at McCormick Place.

There will be a surprise musical guest, plus tennis star Serena Williams and Olympic gold medalist and Indiana native Gabby Douglas.

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