Former NFL star Tiki Barber joined First Lady Michelle Obama, along with members of the President's Cabinet and Congress at the White House on Tuesday to launch the "Let's Move" initiative to combat childhood obesity.
The initiative is one of the First Lady's first forays into policy, and will involve a multi-agency review of child nutrition and activity programs currently in place, with an eye towards increasing the amount of healthy food served to children in schools, and offering them more opportunities for sport and play during the day.
Among the attendees at the hour-long event were Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Also present were Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Sens. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Donna Christensen (Del.-U.S.V.I.), and Marsha Fudge (D-Ohio). Program participants included Dr. Judith Palfrey, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics; Will Allen, Founder and CEO of Growing Power; Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville, Massachusetts; Mayor Chip Johnson of Hernando, Mississippi; and local students, including a student from DC’s Bancroft elementary school, and members of the 2009 National Championship Pee-Wee football team, the Watkins Hornets.