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Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama is making history by becoming the first person to grace the cover of Cooking Light magazine since it debuted 28 years ago. In the upcoming March issue, Mrs. Obama discussed family dinners as a child, the five year anniversary of her Let’s Move! campaign and how American families can better their family meals. According to Mrs. Obama:

The most powerful thing that [people] can do for their overall health is feed their bodies good nutritious food,” she says. “If you don’t like the doctor, if you don’t like the government, if you don’t like folks messing with your life, the best thing to do is make sure you’re healthy

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While Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! program has gained tremendous momentum with schools, businesses, local, state and federal organizations, it did meet some opposition. The campaign was created to end  and solvechildhood obesity in the United States so “so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.” Mrs. Obama was candid on some of the obstacles the campaign faced and explained how they were able to get the message across and executed. Mrs. Obama remarked:

Change is hard for anybody. And when you’re talking about food, food is really personal. So when you’re telling people to rethink their dietary habits that they’ve lived with all their lives, it’s really personal.

So finding a way to deliver a message of change that’s positive, that’s not accusatory, it’s uplifting, it’s fun, and it doesn’t place blame but gives people the information to kind of come to their own realizations about what they want out of life. And starting with kids has been an important first step because, as I’ve always said, parents will do for their kids what they won’t do for themselves.

And kids are leaders in that way. I mean, that’s one of the reasons why I’m confident that the school lunch changes will eventually be embraced by kids. Because we’re really thinking about the kids who are kindergartners today. If all they know are whole grains and vegetables, by the time they’re graduating from high school, this will be their norm; they won’t know anything different.

So change is hard for everyone, but keeping it positive, keeping it fun has been one of the ways we’ve tried to confront that particular challenge.

I’m down, eating healthy can be fun. The March edition of Cooking Light hits newsstands this Friday.

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