Rep. Fudge Attends Launch of “Let’s Move”

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Representative Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) issued the following statement after attending First Lady Michelle Obama’s launch of Let’s Move, America’s effort to raise a healthier generation of kids.

“Since arriving in Congress, I have dedicated myself to helping youth live longer and healthier. Mrs. Obama’s launch encourages me and all of us who are dedicated to stamping out childhood obesity to continue in our efforts. The event also inspires many to take up this cause anew. By using strategic partnerships and committing ourselves to increasing child wellness, we can and will improve America’s health vital signs.

“Unless we work to reverse this epidemic, 23 million kids and teenagers will be in danger of becoming the first generation in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.

“Providing families with the education and opportunities necessary to lead healthy and long lives is the only way to reverse this trend. Expanding opportunities for family and community wellness by creating more sidewalks, funding safe routes to school, and creating community gardens and farmers’ markets are examples of ways in which Congress can increase wellness and decrease obesity.

“In our community, there is much we can do immediately. Local advocates, such as the Cleveland Corner Store Initiative, can and do provide nutritional counseling and access to fresh foods.

“Adults who interact with children can show children that trying new fruits and vegetables can be an adventure. Go on walks in your neighborhood or the park with them. Make a game of taking the stairs together. Teach them your favorite childhood game.

“Let’s get moving! Together, we can increase our children’s wellness and transform America.

“Again, I am proud to support Mrs. Obama’s launch of this incredible initiative. I look forward to her valuable support of Congressional proposals. As the founder of the Congressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity under the Children’s Caucus, I will continue to engage the First Lady’s policy staff on this important endeavor.”