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Michelle Obama: I Won’t Slow Down in ‘Final Stretch as First Lady’

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) arrives with her daughter Sasha (L) and Malia at Malpensa airport in Milan, Italy, as part of her European trip June 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Michelle Obama pledges not to slow down, despite the fact her second and final term as first lady is winding down. She made the comments in an interview with an Italian publication touting her Let’s Move health initiative.

The publication asked, “You just celebrated the fifth anniversary of your initiative “Let’s Move!” What are the best results you have achieved and the next goals?”

“Through Let’s Move! we have started a new conversation about how we eat and live in the U.S., and the results we’ve seen are beyond anything we could ever have imagined. 1.6 million kids are now attending healthier daycare centers where fruits and vegetables have replaced cookies and juice, and more than 30 million kids are eating healthier school breakfasts and lunches. Two million kids now have a Let’s Move! salad bar in their school, and nearly nine million kids attendLet’s Move! Active Schools where theyget 60 minutes of physical activity a day,” said Obama.

“Thousands of chain restaurants have created healthier kids’ menus, and food and beverage companies cut 6.4 trillion calories from their products. 70 million people now live in a Let’s Move! City, Town or County where kidscan walk to school on new sidewalks, participate in a summer meal program, or join a local athletic league. Religious leaders are teaching their congregations about healthy eating through Let’s


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