On Tuesday, May 11, the White House announced, "Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes and members of the Childhood Obesity Task Force to unveil the Task Force action plan: Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation. In conjunction with the release of the action plan, Cabinet Members and Administration Officials will hold events across the country to highlight the importance of addressing childhood obesity.
"For the first time, the nation will have goals, benchmarks, and measureable outcomes that will help us tackle the childhood obesity epidemic one child, one family, and one community at a time," Mrs. Obama said. "We want to marshal every resource — public and private sector, mayors and governors, parents and educators, business owners and health care providers, coaches and athletes — to ensure that we are providing each and every child the happy, healthy future they deserve."
View the complete White House press release.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School was included in the announcement as a part of the federal action required to implement recommendations in the report: "DOT and EPA will promote walking and biking to school, with a new best practices guide from the DOT-funded National Center for Safe Routes to School and new proposed voluntary "school siting" guidelines from EPA." The National Center is pleased to be partnering with American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in the development of the best practices guide, and will continue to help SRTS programs across the country support the Let's Move campaign.
For more information, visit http://www.letsmove.gov.