First Lady Michelle Obama will head to Florida next week as part of a three day national tour to celebrate the second anniversary of her "Let's Move!" initiative to fight childhood obesity.
She'll hit Iowa, Arkansas, Texas and Florida, where her stops include having dinner Friday with an Orlando family that's made lifestyle changes to their to become healthier.
But first, she'll join experts from WebMD at a Homestead YMCA to answer questions from a live local audience and a national online audience about how families can implement healthy changes in their daily lives.
In November, the YMCA announced that it is adopting a set of standards to ensure its programs offer children fruits, vegetables and water as snacks and adequate physical activity while children are in their care. The panel will include a WebMD pediatrician and nutritionist and a health and well-being expert from the YMCA. Parents can submit questions for the First Lady and the panel at www.webmd.com/townhall
Saturday, she'll be in Longwood, Fla., speaking to 3,000 people from diverse faiths at Northland, A Church Distributed, about the work of faith and community organizations across America to support healthy lifestyles. Tickets are being distributed by local faith and community organizations.
She'll then travel to ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World Resort to participate in a physical activity event for hundreds of local kids and their families, including participants in the morning's faith event. Disney Channel and Disney XD stars and professional athletes will be on hand as families participate in fun, physical activity stations.
At her stop in Arkansas, Obama will visit the Little Rock Air Force Base to announce military efforts to improve the nutrition of food served on bases. Little Rock Air Force Base is part of a special pilot program that has enhanced food service quality, variety and availability through new acquisition program. The White House notes that childhood obesity has become a national security issue -- more than one-quarter of the nation’s 17 to 24 year-olds are too overweight to serve in the U.S. military. Additionally, the Department of Defense spends an estimated $1.1 billion per year on medical care associated with excess weight and obesity.