You might not associate health and fitness with a cooking show - unless you know that the featured guest just happens to be the First Lady of Fitness, Michelle Obama, and the cooking show is hosted by Rachael Ray, the queen of healthy cooking. This dynamic diet-conscious duo of divas dished on health and fitness on Rachael's Feb. 20 show.
The fit and fabulous First Lady attributes her famous haircut (we love your bangs, MO!) to a "mid-life crisis," joking that "I couldn't get a sports car. They won't let me bungee jump. So instead, I cut my bangs." She may not be allowed to bungee jump, but the First Lady is a fitness advocate and told Rachael all about her "Let's Move" initiative. From push-ups to hula hoops to running to eating right, the First Lady practices what she preaches. Her "Let's Move" initiative is based on her goal of reversing the childhood obesity epidemic while boosting the health of the nation. Among the keys:
- Eat healthy: The entire family can be helped with this goal, as Michelle Obama demonstrates with her White House garden designed to help her kids eat right. She's even written about the nutritional benefits of this feature and gardening, in a new book: "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America" (get it now by clicking here). Get help with creating healthy meals with "The Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids: Simple Strategies for Lasting Health and Fitness."
- Get active. Walk, play together as a family or follow the First Lady's lead and become a hula-hooper! Tip: Adults in the family can use a weighted hoop, such as the Weighted Sports Hula Hoop, and you just might be able to find an inexpensive hoop at the dollar store for the kids! Get help with the moves and ideas to make it more fun by clicking here to get "Hooping: A Revolutionary Fitness Program (Book & DVD)."
- Get motivated: "Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years" is the key message of the First Lady's plan.