Michelle Obama with Let’s Move participants. Photo via Lev Radin/Shutterstock
Michelle Obama was a guest on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Friday night to celebrate the three year anniversary of the Let’s Move campaign, the initiative started by FLOTUS herself that aims to end childhood obesity. Before the sit-down interview, Jimmy Fallon appears in his best mom wig and pink cardigan and begins a spoof on his famous, “Evolution of Dance” videos called, “Evolution of Mom Dancing”. Then FLOTUS joins him for a hilarious take on “mom dancing” including the “just the hands part of Single Ladies”.
Let’s Move is trying to get kids to do exactly that: move. According to the website:
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. If we don’t solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.
In total, we are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were forty years ago–including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners. The average American now eats fifteen more pounds of sugar a year than in 1970.
Eight to 18-year old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media, including, TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies, and only one-third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.
The information is alarming. But the good news is that by making just a few simple changes to our lifestyles, and our children’s lifestyles, we can gain years of healthy living. And as the below video proves, it doesn’t matter if you can’t dance, all that matters is that you get up and dance.
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