First Lady Michelle Obama:  An Inspirational Role Model
Brava! Brava!

Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director
Let’s Move! on March 03, 2015

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move!, and we’re celebrating the progress of the last five years, challenging ourselves and everyone to do even more, and committing to championing kids’ health for the next five years and beyond.

As part of the anniversary, the First Lady is challenging everyone to #GimmeFive things they are doing to eat better, be more active, and lead a healthier life. We have already seen people from across the country join in – from eating five fruits and vegetables to doing five pushups or lunges to sharing five healthy recipes.

Check out some of the folks who have joined in the challenge below or on the Let’s Move! Storify.

Now it’s your turn to #GimmeFive! Share what you’re doing to lead a healthier life on Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, or Tumblr using #GimmeFive and then be sure to pass on the challenge to someone else!

You’ll be motivated to jump up and start dancing in the videos below.  One is from the Ellen DeGeneres show on March 3, 2015 and the second one is at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 6, 2015.
The children at the Easter Egg Roll performance are clearly having fun.  Watch the little girl in pink.

​First Lady Michelle Obama on Ellen Degeneres Show with So You Think 

You Can Dance_March 13, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House Easter Egg Roll with So You Think You Can Dance All-Stars dancing to “Uptown Funk”_April 6, 2015​

Excerpts from:
The Washington Post
May 5, 2015

Five years after she launched Let’s Move, Michelle Obama’s willingness “to make a complete fool of myself” [Michelle’s words] is the most visible part of her campaign to end childhood obesity. She’ll dance with a turnip, or Big Bird, or Jimmy Fallon.

Behind the scenes, however, she has cultivated partnerships with big business to cut salt, sugar and fat from food. This network of corporate relationships is unlike that of any previous first lady and has helped her sidestep a Republican Congress resistant to the administration’s public health policies.

The corporate allies she has sought may in some cases share her views, or, at least, see gains for themselves in their public association with her healthful-eating mission.

Her tactics are controversial — to what extent should a first lady lend her status and imprimatur to commercial enterprises? — but also strategic. She and her aides hope they will yield lasting results.

Congress has some sway over how Americans eat. But the nation’s food purveyors, including Wal-Mart, the biggest of them all with $206 billion last year in food sales —and one of Obama’s key partners — almost certainly have more influence and will respond more nimbly to consumer demand.

Like the president, Michelle Obama has less than two years to secure the gains she has made and her legacy as a first lady who accomplished work more substantive than driving fashion choices and YouTube traffic. Obesity rates for children between the ages of 2 and 5 have decreased between according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and some states recently have reported making progress against obesity in disadvantaged children.

First Lady Michelle Obama joins students for the 7​th Spring Garden

planting in the White House Kitchen Garden, April 15, 2015


Gimme Five!